What's the most reliable type of car?

Is a small hatchback more dependable than a luxury saloon? Will an MPV break down more than a sports car? We reveal the classes that are the least, and most, reliable...

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Claire Evans
22 May 2019

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid

4. Small cars

Reliability rating  93.2%

With a perfect 100% reliability rating, the Toyota Yaris is one of the two best-performing cars in the survey. It's so dependable that many owners cite reliability as the thing they like most about their car. 

At the other end of the chart is the Peugeot 208. Only 15% of cars had a fault, but the problems included some serious issues such as engine and gearbox/clutch problems.  

See the full reliability chart for small and city cars

Read our full Toyota Yaris review or get a great deal on a Yaris


3. Family cars

Reliability rating  94.2%

Families depend on these cars for everything from the school run to stay-cation holidays. Those who chose a previous-generation Hyundai i30 weren't disappointed. It scored 98.9% for reliability and just 6% of cars had problems with the gearbox/clutch.   

Hyundai i30

With a score of 81.5% the Peugeot 308 was the least reliable family hatch. Nearly half of the cars we were told about had a problem, with areas affected including electrics and bodywork. 

See the full reliability chart for family cars

Read our full Hyundai i30 review or get a great deal on an i30


2. Small SUVs

Reliability rating  94.5%

The second car to score a full 100% reliability rating was the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. Owners told us their cars had suffered no faults in the previous 12 months. 

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross front action

In contrast nearly one in five of the Citroën C4 Cactus cars we were told about had suffered a fault. It chalked up a reliability rating of 82.5% and engine electrics were the most common fault. 

See the full reliability chart for small SUVs

Read our full Suzuki SX4 S-Cross review or get a great deal on an SX4 S-Cross


1 City cars

Reliability rating  95.3%

The top performer in the city car class is another Suzuki – the Celerio. It scored 98.0% and only 6% of cars had a fault. 

Suzuki Celerio

The Fiat Panda doesn't score too badly for reliability – 93.0% – but in this high-achieving class that puts it at the bottom of the league. Owners told us 24% of cars had problems in a few different areas including the gearbox and engine electrics. 

See the full reliability chart for city and small cars

Read our full Suzuki Celerio review or get a great deal on a Celerio


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