Best and worst older family cars for reliability
Family cars need to be dependable; after all, who wants a car that breaks down with children aboard? Here, we reveal the most and least reliable family hatchbacks from four to 10 years old...
5. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2010-present
What Car? reliability rating 92.4%
The petrol-engined Giulietta is really bucking Alfa's usual reputation for poor reliability, with only 24% of cars suffering a fault; in contrast, 50% of diesel models had a problem. Engine electrics were the most frequently cited issue. Most of the other issues were minor, affecting the air-con, bodywork and non-engine electrics. All cars could still be driven and were fixed the same day. A small percentage of work was done under warranty, but most owners paid £100-£200.
4. Ford Focus diesel 2011-2018
What Car? reliability rating 93.0%
It's the diesel Focus that's proving more dependable than the petrol version as this car ages; 18% of diesels had a fault compared with 29% of petrols. The biggest area of concern was the battery, followed by the suspension. Just over half of the cars could still be driven and many were fixed in less than a week. A third were repaired for free, but some owners paid up to £750.
3. Seat Leon 2013-present
What Car? reliability rating 94.9%
Only 13% of older Leons had a fault, with the areas affected split evenly between the bodywork, engine, non-engine electrics and steering. Two-thirds of cars were still driveable and the same number were fixed for free, although a small percentage of owners had to pay more than £1500.
2. Honda Civic 2012-2017
What Car? reliability rating 96.4%
The newer Civic is even hardier than its predecessor, with only 9% of owners reporting a fault on their car. Top of the list of complaints was the brake system, followed by the air-con, battery, non-engine electrics and wheels and tyres. Three-quarters of cars could still be driven and some were fixed for free; no repair bills exceeded £750.
1. Lexus CT 2011-present
What Car? reliability rating 98.8%
Even fewer CT owners (5%) reported any faults with their cars. The only areas affected were non-engine electrics and the sat-nav. All cars remained driveable and were fixed the same day, plus all work was done for free.
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