Best and worst older cars for reliability: small cars
How dependable are cars as they get older? Here’s what the owners of small cars between six and 15 years of age have told us...
Reliability rating 98.6%
What went wrong? Battery 6%
The Suzuki Swift is small and almost perfectly formed when it comes to reliability. Only 6% of cars suffered a problem, and the only area affected was the battery. All cars were back on the road the same day, with repair bills ranging from £51 to £100.
Owner comment: “It hasn’t let me down and I haven’t had to have any major work done on it”
Reliability rating 94.3%
The Honda Jazz is not only practical, thanks to its clever double-folding ‘magic’ rear seats, but also highly dependable. Brakes were the most frequently cited issue, with a small percentage of owners also reporting problems with the air-con, battery, bodywork and steering. Most cars could still be driven and cost £100 or less to repair.
Reliability rating 93.9%
The Toyota Yaris may not be as roomy inside as the Honda Jazz, but it’s almost as sturdy. Only 14% of cars suffered a fault, with issues split evenly between the battery, bodywork and gearbox. Although two-thirds of the stricken cars couldn’t be driven, the majority of them were back on the road the same day, while repair bills ranged from free to £1000.
Reliability rating 63.2%
What went wrong? Engine 19% Air-con 14% Gearbox 14% Suspension 14% Exhaust 10% Bodywork 5% Brakes 5% Steering 5%
A shocking 57% of Peugeot 207s had a fault, with 19% of them suffering engine problems and the air conditioning, gearbox and suspension each accounting for 14% of issues. Most cars could still be driven and around half were fixed the same day, and while most work cost a few hundred pounds, some owners paid up to £1000.
Owner comment: “I’m always waiting for the next thing to break on it”
Reliability rating 67.8%
More than a third (35%) of Hyundai i20 owners said their car had been afflicted by a problem, with the gearbox and suspension each accounting for 10% of faults. Although three-quarters of the faulty cars remained driveable, repairs were relatively costly, ranging from £101 to £750.
Reliability rating 73.7%
Only 17% of older Minis suffered a fault, but some of the problem areas were serious: 11% of issues were related to the suspension and 6% were to do with the engine and gearbox. More than half of the afflicted cars couldn’t be driven, while repair costs ranged from £51 to more than £1500.