Most reliable cars to buy

Most reliable cars to buy

Modern cars go through rigorous development and testing processes before they go on sale to ensure they will be as reliable as possible for many years to come. Despite this, some cars prove to be much more reliable than others, making reliability one of the most important factors for people buying a new or used car. If you’re in the market for a reliable car, our list – based on first-hand data from owners in the Driver Power Survey – is a must read.

Whether you buy new or used, big or small, expensive or cheap, all everyone wants is a reliable car. No amount of technology, performance, luxury materials or breathtakingly beautiful design will help you if your new vehicle won’t start, breaks down with monotonous regularity or incurs painful repair bills.

Reliability may seem boring, but it is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of your car. The problem is that trying to distinguish which cars are reliable and which are not is far from easy. The reliability of a car is hard to measure until you buy the car and experience it first hand, unless you ask thousands of car owners who have done all the work for you. This is exactly what Driver Power’s customer satisfaction survey does every year.

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How we found the most reliable cars

Drivers from all over the UK tell us what they think of the cars they own in the Driver Power Survey held each year and we collect the information to equip our readers with the inside story on the most reliable cars to be had. be for sale. It is very valuable to know which cars or car brands are vulnerable to electrical and/or mechanical failures. Even if you’ve already bought one of the cars below, this list can be vital in identifying potential breakdowns that could save you money in the future.

Our most reliable new car results are based on the latest Driver Power survey data for cars currently available to buy new. Owners were asked about their satisfaction with the standard of build quality and reliability of the cars they own and drive on a daily basis, so the resulting data provides potential car buyers with a useful insight into the ownership experience they can expect.

Few expect problems when buying a new car, but even with our top ten most reliable new cars, breakdowns can still occur. That said, it’s usually around three to six years (once the factory warranty has expired on most models) that cars can run into more serious problems and buying a brand new car is a good way to get around this. risky ownership period.

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The top 10 most reliable new cars

10. Toyota C-HR – 93.96%

Toyota’s C-HR crossover didn’t make the top 10 for reliability last year, and perhaps surprisingly given the brand’s reputation, it will be the only Toyota to run it in 2022. Ranked eighth in the Driver Power survey overall, the C-HR’s impressive 93.96 percent reliability rating shows owners are more than happy with their purchase. The C-HR has been on sale for a number of years now with a largely unchanged hybrid powertrain and all niggles have clearly been ironed out.

9. Volkswagen T-Roc – 94.06%

While usually sturdy, Volkswagens haven’t always had the best reputation for absolute reliability. However, the T-Roc bucks that trend, dropping only slightly from fifth to seventh in this year’s confidence table. A small percentage of owners experienced a breakdown in the SUV’s electrical system, interior trim and safety features, but most importantly, there were few issues with mechanical aspects of the T-Roc, such as the engines or gearbox.

8. Renault Captur – 94.27%

The Renault Captur, which flies the flag of France, is one of our favorite crossovers and it also proves to be very reliable. A score of 94.27 per cent for the Clio-based crossover is certainly impressive, and of the small number of owners who registered a fault, most were electrical glitches. That is positive news for both the proven petrol engines and the new hybrid E-Tech powertrains from Renault.

7. Kia E Niro – 94.36%

It has long been touted that all-electric cars stand a good chance of being more reliable than combustion engine cars, thanks to their relatively small number of moving parts. Strange that the Kia E-Niro is the only EV in our top 10, but that doesn’t make it any less of an achievement for Kia. Ironically, it was the car’s electricity that caused the most problems, causing 37 percent of the recorded errors, ahead of safety features (nine percent) and interior trim (just four percent). Let’s hope the all-new model in showrooms this year will have eradicated these niggles.

6. Kia Rio – 94.45%

Rio owners noticed that their superminis almost never got a wheel wrong and gave it a 94.45 percent rating for reliability. This took it even higher on the charts than its eighth-place finish in 2021, and should give buyers even more confidence to place an order after a small, affordable runaround. While it’s highly unlikely that the Kia Rio will go wrong, even if it does, it’s backed by a long seven-year warranty. Of the small number of reported failures, nearly a third was electrical failure, closely followed by problems with the car’s safety kit.

5. MINI hatch – 95.48%

The MINI didn’t appear in last year’s results, so the British-built city car is a surprising newcomer in fifth place. But it is reliable, with a score of 95.48 percent proving that Driver Power respondents had remarkably few problems during their first year of ownership. The issues that arose were split evenly between issues with the interior trim and the car’s safety features, so definitely shouldn’t keep the car off the road.

4. Kia XCeed – 95.56%

While the Kia Ceed hatchback appeared ninth on this table last year, it has been replaced by the larger XCeed in a more impressive fourth place in 2022. It rounds out a dominant performance from the South Korean manufacturer, with more models in the top 10 this year. years than any other brand. While the XCeed is unlikely to malfunction, just over a third of the reported problems were engine-related. That sounds alarming, but they are likely minor defects and covered under warranty. Not only is the XCeed reliable, it impressed owners enough to claim victory in the overall standings.

3. Mazda CX-5 – 95.57%

Remarkably, the CX-5 has won the bronze medal for reliability for the second year in a row — not bad considering the number of SUVs flooding the market. This family-friendly model scored admirably in every category, finishing second in the Driver Power survey, barely a step wrong. Of the few issues reported, the electrics and interior trim were tied, each responsible for a quarter of the faults. Other issues included exterior paint and trim and safety equipment, each accounting for a 13 percent share.

2. Hyundai Kona – 95.71%

This year’s fourth overall model came in second for reliability, so it’s one of the Hyundai Kona’s biggest features. You told us it’s extremely well put together, so despite its slightly quirky looks, this crossover is a very safe purchase that shouldn’t be let down. Even if a problem arises, the Kona is covered by Hyundai’s generous five-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Of all the problems identified, the vast majority (45 percent) of failures were caused by the car’s electrical system, which appears to be a trend for the increasingly complex new models of 2022.

1. Skoda Kodiaq – 96.23%

The Skoda Kodiaq has again delivered a stellar performance in the 2022 results, finishing fifth overall and at the top of the tables for reliability. That’s perhaps even more impressive considering this is Skoda’s first large SUV, which in theory should make it more complex. That clearly had no influence on the reliability, as evidenced by the score of 96.23 percent. Owners told us that the Kodiaq was very rugged, helping it withstand the rigors of family life with up to seven occupants. Issues reported by owners were split equally between the gearbox and interior trim – areas that should be resolved within the standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty coverage.

Most reliable cars top 20

Below is the full list of Driver Power’s 20 most reliable cars for 2022…

ranking Fashion model Class Confidence Score
1 Skoda Kodiaq Mk1 (NS) Medium to large SUV 96.23%
2 Hyundai Kona Mk1 (OS) Small SUV 95.71%
3 Mazda CX-5 Mk2 (KF) Medium to large SUV 95.57%
4 Kia Xceed Mk3 (CD) Small SUV 95.56%
5 MINI Hatchback F55/F56/F57 super mini 95.48%
6 Kia Rio Mk4 (YB) super mini 94.45%
7 Kia e-Niro Mk1 (DE) Small SUV 94.36%
8 Renault Captur Mk2 Small SUV 94.27%
9 Volkswagen T-Roc MK1 Medium to large SUV 94.06%
10 Toyota C-HR Medium to large SUV 93.96%
11 Honda Jazz Mk4 (GK/GH/GP) super mini 93.95%
12 Kia Picanto Mk3 (YES) city ​​car 93.92%
13 Kia Niro Mk1 (DE) Small SUV 93.74%
14 Vovlo XC40 Mk1 (536) Premium small SUV 93.69%
15 Skoda Karoq MK1 (NOW) Medium to large SUV 93.65%
16 SEAT Leon Mk3 (5F) (SE370) Compact family car 93.49%
17 Kia Ceed Mk3 (CD) Compact family car 93.49%
18 Peugeot 3008 Mk2 (Ph1) (P84) Medium to large SUV 93.40%
19 Kia Sportage Mk4 (QL) Medium to large SUV 93.38%
20 Toyota Yaris Mk4 (YA7) (XP210) super mini 92.81%

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