Most 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?...

Jaguar XE

=4. Jaguar XE petrol (2015-present)

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Score 96.3%

Petrol-engined XEs are far more dependable than diesels: 16% of petrols had a problem compared with 36% of diesels. The most frequently cited areas of weakness were the air-conditioning and brakes, followed by the bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics. All cars were still able to be driven, though, and all were fixed under warranty.  

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=4. Volvo S90 and V90 (2016-present)

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Volvo S90

Score 96.3%

Only 15% of S90s and V90 we were told about had a problem, with two areas the most frequently cited: interior trim and suspension. All cars could still be driven and all work was carried out for free under warranty. 

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3. Volvo S60 and V60 (2010-2018)

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Volvo S60

Score 96.8%

Volvo’s previous-generation S60 saloon and V60 estate siblings proved more durable than their German rivals. Just 18% had trouble; the most common problem area was non-engine electrics, then the engine and sat-nav. All were fixed for free and more than half were repaired within a single day in the workshop, although some took more than a week to put right.  

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2. Kia Optima (2016-present)

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Score 97.3%

Of the Kia Optima owners surveyed, 14%  had experience a fault with their car, sometimes involving more serious components such as the gearbox, clutch and braking system. All cars were fixed under warranty, but some took more than a week to get back on the road. 

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1. Hyundai i40

Hyundai i40 saloon front

Score 97.9%

If dependability is your priority, the Hyundai i40 is an executive car you have to consider. The cars we were told about only suffered minor problems that were corrected under warranty. The only downside was that all took more than a week to fix. 

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