Best and worst older small cars for reliability
Small cars and city cars are often bought by new drivers or as family runabouts, so dependability is a top priority. Here we reveal the most and least reliable aged 4-10 years...
Bottom 10 older city cars and small cars for reliability
11. Fiat Panda 2005-2012
What Car? reliability rating 80.5%
A whopping 36% of previous-generation Pandas had a problem. The most common related to the engine (14%) and gearbox (9%), followed by the air conditioning, battery, brakes and engine electrics. More than a third of the cars were rendered undriveable and repair bills ranged from less than £50 to £1000.
10. Mazda 2 2007-2014
What Car? reliability rating 80.00%
Although 18% of 2s had a fault, the main gremlin was bodywork. Other problem areas included the battery, brakes, engine, exhaust, suspension and wheels. Although most cars were still driveable and some were fixed for free, other bills ranged from £51 to £750.
9. Skoda Fabia 2007-2014
What Car? reliability rating 77.1%
Nearly a third of Fabias (32%) had a problem, with non-engine electrics and suspension the most common gripes; the engine electrics, exhaust and exterior lights were also troublesome. Three-quarters of cars could still be driven and a small number were fixed for free, but some owners were landed with repair bills of more than £1500.
8. Ford Fiesta diesel 2008-2017
What Car? reliability rating 76.0%
More than 28% of cars had a fault, and engine and suspension issues were the most common. Other frequently cited problem areas included the air conditioning, battery and fuel system. Three-quarters of cars were still drivable and a small proportion were repaired for free, but other owners had to fork out more than £1500.
7. Mini hatchback 2007-2014
What Car? reliability rating 74.5%
A hefty 34% of Mini owners reported at least one fault on their cars, with the engine and suspension the biggest areas of concern. There were also issues with the bodywork, brakes and non-engine electrics. Three-quarters of cars could still be driven and a small percentage were fixed for free, but quite a few owners faced repair bills in excess of £1500.
6. Seat Ibiza 2008-2017
What Car? Reliability Rating 69.5%
A hefty 42% of Ibiza owners reported at least one fault on their cars, with brakes and suspension the biggest areas of concern. There were also issues with the air conditioning, bodywork, engine, engine electrics, fuel system and non-engine electrics. Three-quarters of cars could still be driven and a small percentage were fixed for free, but quite a few owners faced repair bills in excess of £1500.
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