Best and worst executive cars for reliability

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Best and worst executive cars for reliability
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Claire Evans
30 Jan 2019 16:30

Executive cars are relied on by company car drivers to transport them around the country on business in style and comfort. So, as well as having a plush interior with all the latest in-car technology, they need to be robust – and that's where our 2018 Reliability Survey comes in.

We asked more than 18,000 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 (if anything) they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

Those that had the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the highest scores and those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were penalised the most.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst executive cars aged one to four years old.

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The most reliable executive cars

10. Volkswagen Passat

Used Volkswagen Passat Estate 16-present

Score 92.9%

Although 29% of Passats had a problem, the most common ailments related to non-engine electrical systems. Other affected areas included the bodywork, engine electrics and the fuel system. Two-thirds of cars could still be driven and almost all were fixed under warranty. 

New Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport vs Mazda 6 vs Skoda Superb

Score 93.2%

Only 21% of Superb diesel owners reported a fault, with non-engine electrics the most common complaint, followed by the interior trim, bodywork and sat-nav. Most cars remained driveable and were fixed in less than a week, and most were fixed for free under warranty. 

Read the full Skoda Superb review and see the latest deals and leasing offers 

8. Audi A4 petrol 

Audi A4 2019 RHD front right cornering shot

Score 93.7%

Again, 21% of owners reported faults with their A4 petrols, with non-engine electrics the biggest grip, followed by engine electrics. All cars could still be driven, but a small percentage took more than a week to fix and some owners had to pay up to £500 for repairs. 

Read the full Audi A4 review and see the latest deals and leasing offers 

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