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Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars to Buy in 2022

Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars to Buy in 2022

Need something practical and economical with enough space to carry the kids? Then you’re looking for a new family car, and at the top of your priority list is something critical to any car ownership experience, but always hard to determine: reliability.

The last thing a motorist wants is bad luck, but the whole experience only gets worse when you have a bunch of hapless kids in the backseat. That’s why reliability is essential for any family-oriented car, and to help you find the right one, we’ve rounded up the most reliable family cars you can buy using data from our 2022 Driver Power Survey.

Despite the increasingly rigorous testing and development processes that new cars go through, there are no guarantees that a car will be reliable. However, information about the experience other drivers have had with the same cars and knowing specific defects or issues is a good way to determine how reliable your new purchase will be after you part with your hard-earned cash. Using data from Driver Power, the UK’s largest customer satisfaction survey, we can provide insight into the true reliability of new family cars that is hard to match elsewhere.

Our data below reveals the top 10 new family cars for reliability according to the people who own them. The data is also based on cars available to buy new and owners are asked about their satisfaction with the build quality and reliability standards of the exterior and interior, giving you valuable resources to help you buy your next family car.

Here are the 10 most reliable family cars in reverse…

10. Kia Sportage – 93.38%

The Kia Sportage is one of the most popular cars for sale in the UK and while it has many attractive features, reliability seems to be one of its strongest qualities. The Ceed hatchback, Niro SUV and Rio supermini also scored well in the reliability category, so there’s no suggestion that the Sportage is a one-hit wonder for Kia. Of the small number of faults reported, the majority were powertrain and electrical related, so should be covered by the brand’s generous seven-year warranty.

9. Peugeot 3008 – 93.40%

Peugeot’s 3008 has proven to be the most appreciated model among customers in recent history, and part of its success is due to its dependable reliability. It scored an impressive 93.40 percent here, with a small number of owners experiencing problems. Of those that did, electricity was the most likely culprit, as was many of the cars studied.

8. Kia Ceed – 93.49%

The Kia Ceed could take home the silver medal in the battle for the most reliable family hatchback money can buy. Owners have noted the excellent build quality of the interior and exterior. His 16th place in the overall Driver Power survey. The data shows that if a failure does occur, the engine is most likely to be the problem, followed by the gearbox.

7. SEAT Leon – 93.49%

The SEAT Leon may be slightly more affordable than the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, but it beat them both in terms of reliability. That’s despite it having arguably the sportiest of looks, so this is just one more reason to pick the SEAT if you want a family hatchback. Its petrol and diesel engines are certainly time-tested, which is reassuring if you’re planning on putting some miles on it. Of the reported errors, there was a breakdown of as much as 25 percent between engine, electrical and transmission problems, with the ‘other’ category pushing out the rest.

6. Skoda Karoq – 93.65%

The Karoq is in the middle of Skoda’s SUV range, above the Kamiq and below the Kodiaq in terms of size, but when it comes to reliability, it’s as reliable as any. Only 19.80% of Skoda owners had problems with their cars, so it shows that the build and engineering quality is evident across their range. The issues that arose were split between electrical and interior trim issues, followed by a small fraction of engine and exterior issues.

5. Volvo XC40 – 93.69%

The Volvo XC40 is the entry-level Volvo SUV, but it’s still a great size for families and doesn’t lack quality materials and technology. The petrol and plug-in hybrid engines also appear to be robust, accounting for just 14 percent of the reported failures. Electrical issues were slightly more common (a 24 percent split), but overall the XC40 probably won’t let your family down.

4. Toyota C-HR – 93.96%

It should come as no surprise to find the Toyota C-HR in this list, not only because the Japanese manufacturer is known for its reliability, but also for its hybrid powertrain. The latter has achieved near-legendary status for its reluctance to go wrong or cost a lot since it was first fitted to the Toyota Prius. Not only did the C-HR finish fourth here, but eighth overall in the Driver Power 2022 results shows what a great all-rounder it still is.

3. Volkswagen T-Roc – 94.06%

The Volkswagen T-Roc may still be in the first generation, but it uses the proven Golf Mk7 platform. Hatch-based SUVs are nothing new, but the T-Roc’s sporty style and reliability are clearly resonating with owners, and it was the highest-ranking VW overall in the 2022 Driver Power survey. Just under 19 percent of owners reported a malfunction, and an equal 14 percent of them had a problem with the electrical system, safety kit and interior trim.

2. Mazda CX-5 – 95.57%

The Mazda CX-5 is the second most reliable family car you can buy today and it is this level of build quality and reliability that has helped it claim silver in the overall Driver Power standings. The CX-5 even came in third for interior and comfort, supporting owners’ suggestions that the Japanese SUV feels expensive and solid. Less than 18 percent of owners reported a problem, but electrical and interior trim were each responsible for a quarter of the errors.

1. Skoda Kodiaq – 96.23%

Despite the Yeti’s success, the Kodiaq was the car that launched a new range of SUVs for the Czech brand. It’s been on sale for six years now and recently got a midlife refresh to keep it competitive in the increasingly difficult large SUV segment. We’ve found that owners are still raving about the reliability of their Kodiaqs, placing them at the top of the most reliable family cars in Driver Power 2022. The Kodiaq came out on top in practicality and luggage space, and owners were impressed with the Kodiaq’s build quality and exterior design, fit and finish. A fifth place overall shows that the Kodiaq is an SUV with many talents.

Most reliable family cars top 20

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

ranking Fashion model Class Confidence Score
1 Skoda Kodiaq Mk1 (NS) Medium to large SUV 96.23%
2 Mazda CX-5 Mk2 (KF) Medium to large SUV 95.57%
3 Volkswagen T-Roc Mk1 Medium to large SUV 94.06%
4 Toyota C-HR Medium to large SUV 93.96%
5 Skoda Karoq Mk1 (NU) Medium to large SUV 93.65%
6 SEAT Leon Mk3 (5F) (SE370) Compact family car 93.49%
7 Kia Ceed Mk3 (CD) Compact family car 93.49%
8 Peugeot 3008 Mk2 (Ph1) (P84) Medium to large SUV 93.40%
9 Kia Sportage Mk4 (QL) Medium to large SUV 93.38%
10 SEAT Ateca Mk1 (SE376) Medium to large SUV 92.62%
11 Honda CR-V Mk5 (RW) Medium to large SUV 92.21%
12 Audi A5 Mk2 (B9) Managerial 91.85%
13 Mercedes-Benz GLC (X253/C253) Premium Mid-to-Large SUV 91.85%
14 Jaguar F-Pace Mk1 (X761) Premium Mid-to-Large SUV 91.74%
15 Nissan Qashqai Mk2 (J11) Medium to large SUV 91.68%
16 Toyota Corolla Compact family car 91.65%
17 Hyundai Ioniq Mk1 (AE) Compact family car 91.30%
18 Opel Grandland X MK1 (3630) Medium to large SUV 91.14%
19 Suzuki Vitara Mk4 Medium to large SUV 90.97%
20 Honda Civic Mk10 Compact family car 90.40%

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