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...

1. Best new cars for reliability
Most reliable cars
Kia Picanto
Ford C-Max
Porsche Cayenne
Renault Clio (petrol)
Ford Focus (petrol)
BMW 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet
Lexus IS
Mitsubishi Outlander
Ford B-Max
Honda Jazz (2008-2015)
Hyundai i30 (2012-2017)
Audi A6
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Skoda Yeti Outdoor (petrol)
Ford Kuga (diesel)
Audi A1 Sportback
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Nissan Leaf
Toyota Yaris
Honda Civic (2012-2017)
Volkswagen Tiguan (diesel)
Audi A3 saloon (petrol)
Honda Jazz
Lexus CT200h
Toyota Aygo
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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.

Read the full What Car? Reliability Survey

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