Most and least reliable family cars

Families need dependable cars. Pick one from our top 10 most reliable and it shouldn't let you down...

2014 Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI Sport review

1. Skoda Rapid 2012-2019

Score 99.4%

The Skoda Rapid isn't a common sight on our roads, but it must be even rarer in Skoda’s service departments, because just 5% of the cars we were told about had a problem in the previous 12 months. Those that did were afflicted by only minor issues with exterior trim. All were fixed the same day for free under warranty. 


The least reliable family cars

3. BMW 1 Series (diesel) 2011-2019

BMW 1 Series

Score 87.0%

Petrol BMW 1 Series models are pretty durable, but 34% of diesels had trouble, mainly with the engine. One in five were undriveable and took more than a week to fix, with some costing owners up to £500. 


2. Nissan Pulsar 2014-2018

2015 Nissan Pulsar 1.6 DIG-T 190 review

Score 86.6%

Almost as many Nissan Pulsars (39%) had a fault, the majority to do with the battery. Nearly half couldn’t be driven, but all their faults were rectified the same day. Three-quarters of the necessary work was done under warranty, but a quarter of owners paid bills ranging from £101-£300. 

Vauxhall Astra cornering front three quarters

Score 82.3%

Diesel Vauxhall Astras have a 10% lower reliability rating than their petrol siblings; nearly twice as many went wrong. Nearly a quarter of issues were with the braking system, and one in five were with the engine or gearbox/clutch. Nearly a third of the affected cars took more than a week to fix, but at least all the work was done under warranty.


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