Thinking of a car? Here are the 10 most reliable cars to buy

Half of the top ten most reliable cars sold in the UK are from Japanese brands, according to a new report by What Car? magazine.
But while it was good news for Japan, it was not so great for UK’s car makers, with the Range Rover Sport diesel, Jaguar XE diesel and the big-selling British-built Nissan Qashqai petrol coming bottom of their respective categories.


Overall, nearly a third (30 per cent) of motorists with cars of up to three years suffered at least one fault with their car over the previous 12 months.

Hugely popular British luxury SUV Range Rover Sport diesel emerged as one of the worst performers with 60 per cent of vehicles suffering faults, an overall breakdown reliability rating of just 14.5 per cent and some cars ‘off the road for a week’.
That stood in contrast to the astonishing 100 per cent reliability scores racked up by four cars, the Honda Jazz, Toyota Aygo, Lexus CT200h and Audi A3 were fault-free.
Overall, six in ten of the top car makers for reliability were Japanese brands, the report found.

Most reliable cars by category

CITY CARS – Toyota Aygo – 100.0% reliability rating

SMALL CARS – Honda Jazz – 100.0% reliability rating

FAMILY CARS – Lexus CT200h – 100.0% reliability rating

MPVS – Ford B-Max – 91.6% reliability rating

SMALL SUVS – Volkswagen Tiguan (diesel) – 93.6% reliability rating

LARGE SUVS – Mitsubishi Outlander –  91.2% reliability rating

EXECUTIVE CARS – Audi A3 Saloon (petrol) – 100.0% reliability rating

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LUXURY CARS – Mercedes-Benz S-Class (diesel) – 93.2% reliability rating

COUPES & CONVERTIBLES – Audi A3 Cabrio (petrol) – 92.5% reliability rating

ELECTRIC VEHICLES – Nissan Leaf – 93.9% reliability rating

Least reliable cars by category

CITY CARS – VW Up – 74.8% reliability rating

SMALL CARS – Nissan Note – 48.6% reliability rating

FAMILY CARS – Nissan Pulsar – 48.3% reliability rating

MPVS – Mercedes-Benz B-Class – 46.2% reliability rating

SMALL SUVS – Nissan Qashqai (petrol) – 28.9% reliability rating

LARGE SUVS – Range Rover Sport (diesel) – 14.5% reliability rating

EXECUTIVE CARS – Jaguar XE (diesel) – 36.7% reliability rating

LUXURY CARS – Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 46.1% reliability rating

COUPES & CONVERTIBLES – Mazda MX-5 – 71.0% reliability rating

ELECTRIC VEHICLES – Tesla Model S – 52.4% reliability rating

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