Best and worst family cars for reliability

If you’re looking for a car to transport you and your family, choosing a model that won’t break down will be a priority. Check out our round-up of the most (and least) reliable new family cars be...

Mazda 3
BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

Score 95.8%

Civic petrol owners told us that 20% of their cars had suffered a fault in the previous 12 months. The most commonly cited areas were the battery and non-engine electrics; a small percentage also reported problems with bodywork and interior trim. Most cars were fixed the same day and only a small number of owners were asked to foot bills of up to £200. 

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6. Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

Score 96.3%

Although 25% of Ceeds suffered a fault, the majority of issues were with the bodywork. All repairs were carried out for free and most of the cars were back on the road in less than a week. 

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=4. Mazda 3 (petrol) 

Mazda 3

Score 97.2%

Only 14% of owners of petrol Mazda 3s reported any problems with their cars. The most commonly afflicted system was the sat-nav, followed by other non-engine electrics and the gearbox/clutch. All cars were repaired under warranty and most were back on the road the same day.