Best and worst older small cars for reliability

More small cars are sold than any other type of car, so there are plenty to choose from. To make sure you don't get one that could rack up hefty repair bills, check our round-up of the most and...

1. Best and worst older small cars for reliability
Most reliable older small cars
Ford Fiesta
Skoda Fabia
Suzuki Swift
Mini hatchback
Alfa Romeo Mito
Renault Clio
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Just because small cars are cheap to buy, doesn't mean they can get away with being unreliable.

In fact, their buyers are likely to be on a tighter budget than those splashing out on sports cars, so they really do need to be dependable. Our Reliability Survey highlights the best and worst small cars aged 4-10yrs old for durability, 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 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 small car league for cars aged four to 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

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