Best and worst older family cars for reliability

Family car buyers prioritise reliablity, not least because suffering a car breakdown is even more traumatic if you have children onboard. Here we reveal which are the most - and least - reliable...

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Family cars need to have the broadest range of talents. Not only do they have to be practical, roomy and robust on the inside, they need to be dependable, too, because nobody wants to be left stranded at the roadside with young children onboard.

They also need to be affordable to live with, too, because money can be tight when you've a family to support. That's where our Reliability Survey can help. It offers an insight into the most and least durable family cars aged 4-10yrs old, so it can help you choose the most dependable model.

To find out which cars were the most and least reliable, 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 the 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 family car league for cars 4-10 years old.

Read the full Reliability Survey results for cars aged 0-3yrs

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