Most and least reliable executive cars

While the best executive cars are refined, efficient and packed with the latest tech, reliability is also important. So, which are the most and least dependable?...

Most and least reliable executive cars

Executive cars are relied on by company car drivers who use them for business during the week and as family cars at the weekend. So, as well providing a plush and practical interior, good mile-munching ability and the latest infotainment tech, they need to be robust – and that's where our Reliability Survey comes in.

We asked more than 18,000 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months. We asked how long each problem kept the car off the road and how much (if anything) the repairs had cost.

Those cars that suffered the fewest problems and were cheapest to fix gained the highest scores, while those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were penalised the most heavily.

Here we count down the most and least dependable executive cars aged up to five years old. Or to tell us about your own car, complete our 2020 Reliability Survey.

The 10 most reliable executive cars:

10. Skoda Superb (on sale 2008-2015)

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Used car of the week: Skoda Superb

Score 93.2%

Only 13% of previous-generation Superbs had a problem, with the most common ailments relating to air-conditioning, bodywork and engine electrics. Most cars could still be driven, but some took more than a week to fix. A small percentage of repairs were made under warranty, but most owners faced bills of £100 to £500 and some paid out more than £1500. 

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9. Audi A3 Saloon (2013-present)

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Audi A3 Saloon

Score 93.4%

Although 23% of A3 Saloon owners reported a fault, the most common were minor issues relating to non-engine electrical systems. Three quarters of cars remained able to be driven and half were fixed for free under warranty. Where owners were asked to pay, the majority of bills didn't exceed £300; only a small percentage paid up to £1500.   

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8. BMW 3 Series petrol (2012-2019) 

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BMW 3 Series 330e review - verdict

Score 94.3%

With the previous-generation 3 Series, just under 18% of petrol models suffered a fault, with owners reporting issues with the engine and its electrical systems and the gearbox. Most cars could still be driven and were repaired in less than a week. And most were fixed under warranty, with only a small percentage of repairs cost owners more than £1500. 

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7. Ford Mondeo (2014-present)

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Used Ford Mondeo Hatchback (14-present)

Score 95.7%

Only 15% of Mondeos had a problem, according to owners. The sat nav had the most issues, followed by the gearbox, interior trim and non-engine electrics. More than half of cars could still be driven and were fixed the same day, and most were fixed for free, with only a small number of bills ranging from less than £50 to £300. 

Mercedes CLA front - 63 plate

Score 95.9%

Problems with the CLA were split evenly between the bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics, but with only 16% of cars suffering a fault. Two thirds of those cars could still be driven and no owners had to contribute to repair costs. 

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