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...

16 January 2018
Seat Leon ST

=4. Seat Leon (petrol)

Seat Leon ST

Score 97.2%

Only 11% of petrol-engined Leons had a problem, with the areas concerned split evenly between the air-con, bodywork, exhaust, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, non-engine electrics and suspension. The majority of cars could still be driven and were fixed the same day, and all cars were fixed under warranty. 

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3. Skoda Octavia (diesel) 

Skoda Octavia Estate

Score 97.3%

The diesel Skoda Octavia was more dependable than its petrol counterpart; just 10% of examples suffered a fault, compared with 12%. A wide range of areas were affected, but most cars remained driveable. A small proportion cost up to £200 to get fixed.

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2. Audi A3 (diesel)

Audi A3 Sportback 2019 cornering shot

Score 98.4%

Although 23% of Audi A3s suffered faults, they were in less serious areas such as bodywork (10%), including fuel caps that wouldn’t open and haywire parking sensors. Other problem areas were suspension (6%) and engine and non-engine electrics (both 3%). All cars were back on the road the same day and no owners paid for the repairs.