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...
Don't discount the previous-generation Hyundai i30 because it is no longer on sale; it has an impressive reliability record. The only problem area was the gearbox/clutch, but all faulty i30s were fixed within a week for free.
The least reliable family cars
3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class (diesel)
A third of diesel-engined Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars were afflicted by a fault, and 13% of them related to the engine. Other issues concerned the battery, bodywork, electrics, exhaust and fuel system (all 7%). Two-thirds were fixed in less than a week, but some cost up to £500.
A worrying 45% of Nissan Pulsar owners reported a fault on their car, and of those, 18% were non-engine electrical problems. Although all cars were fixed for free, some spent more than a week off the road.
The Peugeot 308 is even less reliable than the smaller 208, with nearly half of examples suffering a fault. Like its smaller sibling, the majority of issues were electrical. The areas concerned included heated seats, the infotainment system and parking sensors. Most cars could still be driven, but a few owners were charged up to £500 for the work.
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