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The most reliable small cars - and the least

Small cars are ideal for new drivers, so reliability is key. We reveal the most and least dependable models...

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Buying a new car can be stressful, especially for beginner drivers who are most commonly looking for a small car that needs to be cheap to buy and run, and able to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. These drivers are more prone to accidents and damage than those with more experience, so robustness is key. 

It’s a good thing then, that we have all the answers on which are the most – and least – reliable models from our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, conducted in association with MotorEasy. The data has been collected from more than 16,000 people, who spill all the beans on the durability of their cars. For each model we reveal everything you need to know, including the most common faults, the time taken to repair cars and how expensive the work was. 

Read on to find out about the most and least reliable small cars, based on data for cars up to five years old, from 178 different models and 30 brands. 

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