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Most and least reliable older executive cars

A used executive car should be classy, comfortable and affordable to own. To help you pick one that won't break the bank, we reveal the most and least reliable...

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Executive cars are designed to be whisper-quiet motorway cruisers with plush interiors, decked out with the latest technology and creature comforts. That makes them rewarding to drive, but it also means they can be expensive if it anything goes wrong.

That's where the annual What Car? Reliability Survey comes in. Conducted in association with MotorEasy, the latest version contains information on nearly 25,000 vehicles, including many executive models

To get the lowdown on dependability, we asked drivers if their cars had suffered any faults and, if so, in which areas. More importantly, we got people to tell us how long any problems kept cars off the road, and how much they had to pay for them to be put right.

The models that suffered the fewest problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings in the study, while those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest scores.

Looking exclusively at the results for used cars aged six to 20 years old, we've rated the top and bottom 10 executive cars. Where relevant, our data combines information on different body types, including hatchbacks, saloons and estates. 

The 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey is open – tell us about your car here