Best and worst executive cars for reliability

The best executive cars must possess a combination of attributes. They must be rewarding to drive, practical, economical and dependable because company car drivers have busy schedules and can't w...

Best and worst executive cars for reliability

Best and worst executive cars for reliability

Executive cars are relied on by company car drivers to transport them around the country to meetings and events. As well as a comfortable interior with all the latest in-car tech, they need to be robust, and that's where our our 2017 Reliability Survey comes in.

We asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months. We asked how long the problem kept the car off the road and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

Those that had the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings, and those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest ratings.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the executive car class.

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Best executive cars for reliability

Jaguar XE

3. Jaguar XE (petrol)

Score: 88.5%

Petrol-engined Jaguar XE saloons proved far more dependable than their diesel counterparts, with less than 17% of cars suffering faults that were categorised in two areas: engine electrics and non-engine electrics. All the problems were fixed under warranty in less than a day, too.

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Best executive cars for reliability

Lexus IS

2. Lexus IS

Score: 90.9%

Just under 12% of Lexus IS models suffered a problem. These were evenly split between engine, engine electrics and non-engine electrics, and all were fixed for free in less than a week.

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Best executive cars for reliability

Audi A3 saloon

1. Audi A3 saloon

Score: 100.0%

Petrol versions of Audi’s A3 Saloon don’t miss a beat, according to owners. Diesel models sit a little lower down the executive car reliability table, with a small percentage of them blighted by faults on their engine, engine electrics and brakes.

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Worst executive cars for reliability

Volvo S60 saloon and V60 estate

3. Volvo S60 saloon and V60 estate

Score: 64.4%

Volvo’s S60 saloon and V60 estate sit in the bottom three because 38% of cars had a fault. The most common areas of concern were bodywork, engine electrics, exhaust system and non-engine electrics. However, most cars were fixed in less than a day for free under warranty.

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Worst executive cars for reliability

Volkswagen CC

2. Volkswagen CC

Score: 58.0%

Owners of 40% of Volkswagen CCs said their car had a problem, many of them relating to non-engine electrics. Not all were fixed under warranty and some were off the road for more than a week.

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Worst executive cars for reliability

Jaguar XE

1. Jaguar XE (diesel)

Score: 36.7%

Jaguar's diesel-engined XEs let the side down, with 44% of cars experiencing faults. Non-engine electrical issues were the most common bugbear, but there were other problems, such as the bodywork, engine, fuel system, steering and suspension. All were fixed for free in less than a week, though.

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