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Top 50 most reliable used cars: 30-21

Buying a used car doesn't have to be a gamble, because we've rounded up the most dependable models aged up to eight years old...

BMW 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet

30. BMW 2 Series Coupé/Convertible (2014-present) 

Reliability rating 96.8% 

The BMW 2 Series is a sound used option, whether you go for the coupé or the convertible. Only 14% of owners reported a fault, with the most common issues relating to the bodywork, followed by the gearbox/clutch, non-engine electrics and suspension. All cars could still be driven and all repair work was done for free, although half of cars spent more than a week in the garage.         

Used Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo doesn’t have a great reputation for reliability, but the Giulia is proving it deserves one. Of the 14% of owners who reported a fault, the majority pointed to the bodywork or non-engine electrics, with a smaller percentage telling us their cars had engine issues. All repairs were covered under warranty and two-thirds of cars could still be driven, although 20% of cars took more than a week to put right. 

Honda Jazz

Just 6% of current-generation Honda Jazz owners reported a fault with their car in the previous 12 months. Brake problems were most common, followed by a small proportion of issues with the battery, bodywork, gearbox and non-engine electrics. Only half of all repairs were done under warranty, leaving the remaining owners with bills ranging from £100 to £500. All cars were driveable, but two-thirds took more than a week to fix.  

Read our full used review of the Honda Jazz (2015-present) 

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=27. Volkswagen Tiguan petrol (2016-present) 

Reliability rating 96.9% 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Petrol versions of the latest Tiguan SUV had slightly more faults than the diesels: 16% compared with 15%. However, 90% of repairs to petrol models were done under warranty, compared with only 76% of diesel repairs. The most common problem areas for petrols were the engine, exhaust and battery. Two-thirds of cars could be driven, but a third took longer than a week to fix.

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26. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013-present) 

Reliability rating 97.1% 

2016 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet review

Only 12% of Suzuki SX4 S-Cross owners said their car had developed a fault, and all repairs were covered under warranty. Non-engine electrical gremlins were most common, followed by bodywork, brakes, gearbox/clutch and interior trim. Although all cars could still be driven and half of repairs were done in a day or less, 17% of owners had to wait more than a week for their car to be fixed. 

Read our full used review of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013-present) 

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=24. Ford Mondeo (2014-present) 

Reliability rating 97.2% 

Ford Mondeo hatchback front

Once one of Britain’s biggest-selling cars, the Ford Mondeo remains a great used buy. Just 14% of owners said their car had gone wrong, with engine electrics the most common problem area, followed by a small percentage of issues with the air-con, exhaust, interior trim, infotainment and non-engine electrics. Nearly three-quarters of repairs were covered under warranty, and no bills exceeded £50. All cars could still be driven and three-quarters were put right in a day or less. 

Read our full used review of the Ford Mondeo (2014-present) 

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=24. Toyota Auris Hybrid (2013-2019) 

Reliability rating 97.2% 

Toyota Auris front three quarters

Hybrid variants of the Auris are proving highly dependable, with only 13% of owners reporting a fault. Suspension issues were most common, followed by the bodywork, brakes and interior trim. We were told that 80% of repairs were done under warranty and no owners had to spend more than £100. All cars remained driveable and two-thirds of repairs were done in a day or less. 

Read our full used review of the Toyota Auris (2013-2019)

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23. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (2017-present) 

Reliability rating 97.3%

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2019 front tracking

The Ioniq Hybrid has a four-star rating from What Car?’s road test team and a creditable reliability rating. Only 16% of owners reported a fault with their vehicle, citing the battery as the most common problem area, followed by the air-con and bodywork. All cars were fixed under warranty, with the majority put right the same day, although around a quarter were rendered undriveable. 

Volvo XC40 D3 R Design

Bodywork issues were the most common complaint from the 13% of petrol-engined Volvo XC40 owners who highlighted a fault. There were also a small number of issues with engine and non-engine electrics, problems related to the gearbox and engine electrics and the gearbox/clutch. All repairs were covered under warranty and a third of work was completed in a day or less. While all vehicles remained driveable, 44% took longer than a week to repair. 

Read our full used review of the Volvo XC40 (2017-present) 

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21. Skoda Karoq petrol (2017-present) 

Reliability rating 97.8% 

Skoda Karoq front

Engine electrics and non-engine electrics were among the biggest problems for the 14% of petrol Karoq owners who complained of a fault. There were also some issues with interior trim and infotainment systems, although with all cars still under warranty, Skoda covered the repairs in each case. All cars were still driveable, too, but more than a fifth of owners said their repairs took longer than a week. 

Read our full used review of the Skoda Karoq (2017-present) 

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