Top 50 most reliable used cars: 40-31

Buying a used car could be a bit of a lottery, so to help you choose the best one we've rounded up the most dependable models aged up to eight years old...

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=39. Skoda Karoq diesel (2017-present) 

Reliability rating 96.3% 

Diesel variants of the Karoq earned a slightly lower reliability rating than their petrol counterparts (we'll return to those later), because two-thirds of the cars that went wrong were undriveable and off the road for more than a week. However, problems only affected 9% of cars and all repairs were covered under warranty. The problem areas were the bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics. 

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=39. Volvo XC40 diesel (2017-present) 

Reliability rating 96.3% 

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Diesel variants of the XC40 suffered slightly more problems than their petrol counterparts. According to owners, 16% of diesel cars had a fault, compared with 13% of petrols. Bodywork was the main area of concern, followed by the battery, engine and infotainment system. However, all repairs were covered under warrant and the majority of cars could still be driven and were repaired in less than a week. 

Ford Focus cornering front three quarters

The latest-generation Ford Focus is proving a dependable used car. Although 21% of owners of petrol-engined cars reported an issue, most were minor niggles with the exhaust system, infotainment and other non-engine electrical systems. All repairs were covered under warranty, with 90% of cars still driveable and 60% of repairs completed within a day.  

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37. Mazda CX-5 petrol (2017-present) 

Reliability rating 96.4% 

Mazda CX-5

Petrol CX-5s are proving sturdier than diesels: 19% went wrong, compared with 28% of diesels. Non-engine electrics were the most common issues for owners, followed by problems with the bodywork and gearbox/clutch. All repairs were done for free and more than three-quarters of cars remained driveable, although a third took longer than a week to fix.  

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=35. Mazda 2 (2015-present) 

Reliability rating 96.5%

Mazda 2 2020 front cornering RHD

Next up is the Mazda 2, with 20% of owners reporting a fault; brakes were the main concern, followed by non-engine electrical issues. However, 80% of all repairs were carried out under warranty, with no driver paying more than £50 for work. Likewise, all vehicles were driveable, although in 20% of cases repairs took longer than a week. 

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=35. Mercedes E-Class (2009-2016) 

Reliability rating 96.5% 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The previous-generation E-Class is ageing well, with only 13% of owners telling us their car had gone wrong in the past year. Non-engine electrics and exhaust problems were the most common issues. Although three-quarters of cars were put right for free, remaining repair bills ranged from £100 to £750. That said, three-quarters of cars could still be driven and most were back on the road in less than a week.  

Jaguar I-Pace front and side

The highest-ranked pure electric vehicle on the list, the Jaguar I-Pace is also one of the most capable, with a 292-mile official range. Battery problems were the most common complaint of the 15% of owners who reported an issue, followed by non-engine electrics. All repairs were covered under warranty and two-thirds of cars could still be driven, although a third took more than a week to put right. 

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=31. Lexus RX (2009-2016) 

Reliability rating 96.7% 

Deal of the Day: Lexus RX

The first hybrid in our top 50 is the RX SUV. Owners told us 20% of cars went wrong, with the most commonly cited problem area the battery, followed by the bodywork, fuel system and non-engine electrics. All cars could still be driven and 80% of repairs were done under warranty, with no owner paying more than £50. 

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=31. Skoda Fabia (2015-present) 

Reliability rating:96.7% 

Skoda Fabia

As well as being an affordable small hatchback, the Fabia is a reliable one, with just 12% of cars we were told about going wrong. The two main areas of concern were the engine and interior trim. While 80% of repair work was done for free, some owners had bills ranging from £100 to £300. All cars could still be driven, though, and half of them were fixed in a day or less. 

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite

The pre-facelift Mokka is a cheap and dependable small SUV, with owners reporting faults on only 16% of cars. Issues were split evenly between the braking system, exhaust and engine electrics. All cars remained driveable and were fixed in less than a week; 80% were fixed under warranty and none of the remaining repair bills topped £300. 

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