Best car brands for reliability (and the ones to avoid)

Some cars rarely end up in a garage between services and others can't stay away. The What Car? Reliability Survey reveals the shining stars of the automotive league and the brands that constantly...

Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018

The least reliable car brands

5. Nissan 

What Car? Reliability rating 87.1%

Nissans feature close to the bottom of quite a few car class charts: the Note is the second least durable small car, the Pulsar is second from bottom in the family car league and the petrol and diesel Qashqai take the bottom two places in the family SUV table. Only the Leaf bucks this trend, sitting at the top of the hybrid and electric car chart. 

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4. Jaguar 

What Car? Reliability rating 84.9%

Jaguar XF (07 - 15)

Just like its rival Mercedes, the previous generation of Jaguar’s luxury car – the XF – proves more dependable than the latest one. The XE is the second least dependable exec, but the F-Pace does better, ranking 17th out of 25 in the large and luxury SUV class 

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3. Jeep

What Car? Reliability rating 82.7%

Jeep Renegade

The only Jeep model we have a big enough sample size to report on separately is the Renegade, which ranks second from bottom of the small SUV league in the newer car charts with 87.3%. Data for older examples of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee pulls the overall brand score down a little.  

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2. Land Rover 

What Car? Reliablity rating 76.5%

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The full-size Range Rover is the worst performing vehicle in our large and luxury car class, scoring a lowly 67.3%. It’s joined in the bottom 10 by the Range Rover Evoque, the latest Discovery and Discovery Sport, which all score a little better, although not strongly enough to raise the overall brand score by much.  

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1. Tesla

What Car? Reliability rating 57.3%

Used Tesla Model S 14-present

This is the first time we’ve had enough data on Tesla to rate it as a brand, but sadly it’s not good news for the American electric car brand. Newer examples of its Model S are the poorest performing EV, with a score of 50.9%, and older models only drag the brand's overall score up by a few percentage points.  

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