Best and worst older executive cars for reliability

Executive cars need to have sharp looks, elegant interiors and the ability to devour motorway miles with ease. They tend to be laden with the latest technology, meaning there's more that could go...

1. Best and worst older executive cars for reliability
Most reliable older executive cars
Mazda 6
Mazda 6 interior
Vauxhall Insignia
Vauxhall Insignia interior
Skoda Superb
Skoda Superb interior
BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series interior
Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A5 Sportback interior
BMW 3 Series saloon diesel
BMW 3 Series diesel interior
Used Mercedes-Benz C-class saloon
Used Mercedes-Benz C-class saloon interior
Used BMW 3 Series
Used BMW 3 Series interior
Used Audi A4 saloon
Used Volkswagen Passat saloon
Used Volkswagen Passat saloon interior
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Executive cars need to satisfy the needs of business drivers during the week and double as family transport at the weekend.

Buying a second-hand executive car makes sound financial sense because you bypass its initial depreciation. However, if you're buying one that's more than three years old, you need to choose carefully because most will no longer be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. This means you'll have to pay if anything goes wrong.

That's where our reliability survey can help. It reveals which are the most and least durable executive cars aged four to 10 years old.

We asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months, how long the problem had kept the car off the road for and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

The models that suffered the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings in our study, while those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest scores.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the executive car league for cars aged four to 10.

Read the full reliability survey results for cars aged 0-3yrs

Tell us how reliable your car is and you could win £250

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