Best and worst small cars for reliability

Small cars should be cheap to own, which means they mustn’t suffer with frequent faults that take time and money to put right. We've taken a look at the most – and least – reliable new models you...

1. Best and worst small cars for reliability
Reliable small cars
Audi A1
Toyota Yaris
Honda Jazz
Volkswagen Polo
Mazda 2
Nissan Note
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Small cars have topped the new car sales charts for decades, so there are plenty on offer, but how do you ensure you choose one that won't let you down? The answer is simple – go for one that existing owners have rated as reliable.

In our 2017 Reliability Survey, we asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months. We asked how long the problem kept the car off the road and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

Those that had the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings and those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up £100s in repair bills gained the lowest ratings.

Of the 21 small cars included in the reliability survey, here's our round-up of the best – and worst – performers.

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