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Most and least reliable types of car

Some types of car suffer a multitude of faults, while others remain utterly dependable. We examine the reliability of 12 car classes and reveal the best and worst model in each...

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Luxury SUVs are loaded with all the latest gadgets and gizmos, so does that mean there’s simply more to go wrong, or are they just as robust as small hatchbacks? 

To find out the answer, and see how dependable every other type of car is, we've analysed the data for nearly 25,000 vehicles that owners told us about in our annual What Car? Reliability Survey, held in association with MotorEasy.

We've split the models into 12 different car classes, and are counting down from the most reliable to the least. Plus, in each class we've named the best and worst performing models to help you choose the most dependable option.  

The reliability rating for each car class and model is based on the percentage of cars that went wrong, and the cost and severity of the faults.

And, don’t forget, the 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey is now open, so you can tell us about the reliability of your own car here.