Best new cars for reliability

A car can be sporty, stylish or great value for money, but if it's not reliable you'll soon get fed up with it. To help you choose the most dependable car, we've rounded up the 25 best cars aged...

Best new cars for reliability

Most reliable cars

To find out which are the most - and least - dependable car models we 14,208 drivers to tell us if their cars had suffered any faults in the past 12 months.

A third of them said their car had suffered at least one fault. To highlight which areas were most prone to faults, we asked owners to categorise the fault in one of 14 different groups: battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, exterior lights, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering, suspension and other.

For each fault, we asked the owner to tells us how long the car had been off the road and how much the repairs had cost. We used this information create the What Car? reliability rating - cars are penalised more harshly if they suffer with lots of expensive faults, so these models get the lowest scores.

Our full survey results reveal the dependability of 169 models fro 33 different car brands.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Kia Picanto

25. Kia Picanto

Score 89.6%

The Picanto is an affordable city car, and a reliable one - only 14% of owners reported an issue; 10% related to bodywork and 5% were for non-engine electrics. Reassuringly, all were fixed under warranty in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Ford C-Max

24. Ford C-Max

Score: 90.0%

The C-Max is the big brother to Ford's B-Max. It's not quite as robust as its smaller sibling, according to owners; 18% of cars had faults. However, these were mostly non-engine electrical problems that were minor enough to keep cars driveable. The majority of cars were put right fairly swiftly for free.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Porsche Cayenne

=22. Porsche Cayenne

Score 90.1%

The Cayenne is built alongside the more affordable Volkswagen Touraeg, which is almost as dependable, gaining a reliability rating of 87.1%. Just 14% of Cayennes encountered a fault and all problems were sorted out for free in less than a day.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Renault Clio (petrol)

=22. Renault Clio

Score 90.1%

The petrol-engined version of the current Renault Clio was our fifth most reliable small car. Only 7% of petrol-engined Clios had a problem; the most serious related to the suspension. Most were fixed under warranty, although a small percentage of owners paid up to £750 to get their cars fixed.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Ford Focus (petrol)

21. Ford Focus

Score 90.4%

Petrol versions of the Focus outperform diesels when it comes to reliability - only 8% of cars had a fault and the problem areas were the brakes / braking system and air conditioning. All cars were fixed in less than a week for free under warranty.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

BMW 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet

20. BMW 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet

Score 90.8%

The coupé and convertible versions of BMW’s 2 Series perform well and are robust. Less than 13% of cars had a problem, and although only half of those were fixed in less than a week, most were minor and no charges were made for repairs.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Lexus IS

19. Lexus IS

Score 90.9%

Just under 12% of Lexus IS models suffered a problem. These were evenly split between engine, engine electrics and non-engine electrics, and all were fixed for free in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Mitsubishi Outlander

18. Mitsubishi Outlander

Score 91.2%

The Outlander was the most dependable large SUV in our survey. Less than 10% of Outlanders suffered a fault; the areas affected were bodywork, brakes, engine electrics and non-engine electrics, all in equal measure. Almost 75% of cars were fixed in less than a day and all were fixed for free in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Ford B-Max

=16. Ford B-Max

Score 91.6%

Ford's B-Max may not have styling that sets the world alight, but it makes up for that with solid reliability. Only 17% of cars suffered faults and, while they spanned both minor and more serious issues, including the Quickclear screen and the steering system, all were fixed under warranty.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Honda Jazz (2008-2015)

=16. Honda Jazz (2008-2015)

Score 91.6%

It's not the newest car here, but the previous-generation Jazz is one of the most dependable. Only 13% of cars suffered from a fault and only a small number had more serious issues with engines and suspension.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Hyundai i30 (2012-2017)

15. Hyundai i30 (2012-2017)

Score 91.7%

The Hyundai i30 is the most reliable Korean family car according to owners, with only 15% of cars suffering faults. These were only minor niggles and were fixed under warranty in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Audi A6

14. Audi A6

Score 92.1%

Audi’s A6 didn't suffer with many problems - only 10% of owners reported faults that spanned bodywork, interior trim, non-engine electrics and the exhaust. All cars were repaired for free and put back on the road in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Audi A3 Cabriolet

13. Audi A3 Cabriolet

Score 92.5%

Audi's A3 Cabriolet isn’t just practical with plenty of space; it’s dependable, too. Just 10% of cars had a fault; all related to non-engine electrics and were fixed under warranty in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Skoda Yeti Outdoor (petrol)

12. Skoda Yeti Outdoor (petrol)

Score 92.7%

Skoda’s Yeti Outdoor isn't the most robust small SUV: 31% of cars havd problems, the most common of which related to non-engine electrics. However, no cars lingered in the garage for more than a week and most were fixed in less than a day and for free under warranty.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Ford Kuga (diesel)

11. Ford Kuga (diesel)

Score 92.8%

The Ford Kuga is pretty sturdy. Only 18% of the diesel versions we were told about had problems and they were mostly electrical issues with the air-con and the infotainment system. Some of these incurred hefty repair bills, though.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Audi A1 Sportback

10. Audi A1 Sportback

Score 93.1%

The five-door Sportback version of Audi’s A1 beats the three-door version for reliability - the three-door version gained a rating of 86.9% with owners. Only 17% of A1 Sportbacks had a fault, and all cars remained driveable and were fixed in less than a week; faults were only reported on older cars.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

9. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Score 93.2%

Just 9% of Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloons had a problem, with engine electrics the only area of concern. The cars remained driveable and all were fixed for free in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Nissan Leaf

8. Nissan Leaf

Score 93.9%

The Nissan Leaf is the most reliable electric vehicle according to onwers, with a reliability rating of 94%. They reported faults on less than 8% of cars in three areas: bodywork, brakes and non-engine electrics. All the problems were fixed for free and most in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Toyota Yaris

7. Toyota Yaris

Score 94.2%

The Toyota Yaris is the second most dependable city car, with no faults reported by owners of the newest cars; only the oldest models suffered from minor bodywork issues.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Honda Civic (2012-2017)

6. Honda Civic (2012-2017)

Score 94.5%

Honda’s Civic may have exterior styling that divides opinion, but owners are in agreement about its durability; only 11% of cars had issues. Areas affected included the battery, interior trim, non-engine electrics and exterior lights. All problems were fixed under warranty and most were corrected in less than a day.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Volkswagen Tiguan (diesel)

5. Volkswagen Tiguan (diesel)

Score 96.3%

Diesel-engined versions of Volkswagen’s Tiguan outperform the petrols for dependability, with only 5% of owners telling us about faults. The only issue was non-engine electrical faults, which were fixed under warranty in less than a week.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Audi A3 saloon (petrol)

=1. Audi A3 saloon (petrol)

Score 100%

Petrol versions of Audi’s A3 Saloon don’t miss a beat, according to owners. Diesel models sit a little lower down the executive car reliability table, with a small percentage of them blighted by faults on their engine, engine electrics and brakes.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Honda Jazz

=1. Honda Jazz

Score 100%

Not one Honda Jazz owner who completed our survey reported any faults with their car, giving the little Japanese hatchback a perfect reliability score. The previous-generation Jazz did well, too. It sits in fourth place in our table, only troubled by minor niggles.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Lexus CT200h

=1. Lexus CT200h

Score 100%

None of the Lexus CT200h owners we surveyed reported any faults with their cars, giving this premium hybrid a perfect reliability score. Even when you look at the responses from owners of cars more than three years old, less than 10% said their cars had a fault.

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Top 25 most reliable car models

Toyota Aygo

=1. Toyota Aygo

Score 100%

It's full marks for Toyota’s Aygo, with owners reporting no faults with their cars. More than 13% cited reliability as what they liked most about their car, emphasising just how dependable it is.

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