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The 10 Most Reliable Cars

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Motoring magazine What Car? have just released their annual Reliability Survey. The survey asks approximately 13,000 owners of cars up to eight years old if their vehicles encountered any issues within the last 12 months, and if so, what type of fault it was, how long the car was off the road and how much the repair bill was. This enables each vehicle to be given a scoring percentage; the closer to 100%, the better the reliability.

We have compiled a run down of the top 10.

10. Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 is an attractive supermini, which rivals the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Mini. Only 7% of owners had an issue with their i20’s but remained drivable. The i20 scored 98.6% in the survey.

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9. Hyundai i10

The i20’s smaller sibling is next in the list, scoring a total reliability rating of 98.8%. Only 9% of owners had issues with their cars.

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7=. Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo are synonymous with creating great looking cars which drive brilliantly. Over the years, Alfa have launched a range of cars that are as reliable as they are attractive. Now with the Giulietta, they sit joint 7th on the list with an excellent 98.9% reliability rating.

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7=. Skoda Citigo

Built on the same platform as the VW UP! and Seat Mii, the Skoda Citigo is a great all-round town and city run-around; it’s also very reliable. Only 4% of owners had an issue, but all cars remained driveable. The Skoda Citigo also scored a 98.9% rating. 

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6. Dacia Duster

Not only is the Dacia Duster a great value SUV, it’s very reliable too. Of the owners questioned, only 8% had issues, with all cars remaining driveable. The Dacia scored 99.0% in the reliability survey.

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5. Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

At number 5, we find the Lexus NX300h; a premium SUV powered by an incredibly frugal 2.5-litre self-charging petrol / electric engine capable of over 50mpg. Only 6% of owners experienced a fault rewarding the NX with an excellent reliability rating of 99.3%.

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4. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Next up is another vehicle powered by a petrol / electric self-charging engine, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. A 1.5-litre engine is found in the Yaris supermini, returning over 85mpg and a very smooth drive. The Yaris scored a fantastic 99.6% on the survey, with only 3% of owners reporting an issue.

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1.= Honda Jazz

The top 3 cars in the survey all scored an amazing perfect 100% score; and the first up is the Honda Jazz. No owners reported any issues with their Jazz superminis, showcasing the small cars impeccable build quality. Not only is the Honda Jazz reliable, but it’s also great value for money, with 2018 models starting from only £7,999.

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1.= Toyota RAV4


The 2nd 100% scorer in the reliability survey is the Toyota RAV4. Available with a choice of engines, including petrol, diesel and a 53+mpg petrol / electric self-charging hybrid unit, the RAV4 offers the perfect combination of power and economy. 

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1.= Lexus RX450h Hybrid

The final vehicle on the list is the Lexus RX450h, another premium SUV from the Japanese brand. The RX can seat either 5 or 7 in complete comfort and unrivalled levels of luxury as well as offering a fantastic drive. It’s 3.5-litre hybrid engine also generates over 300bhp and 45+mpg!

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