Some of the most reliable cars on UK roads
When it comes to choosing a new car, reliability is likely to be one of your main priorities.
You could own the speediest, shiniest and most stylish vehicle on the road, but if it’s going to require constant servicing then it’s likely to cause you more problems than it's worth.
Here’s a rundown of some of the most reliable cars on the market now, according to the latest industry insight and customer surveys:
1. The Small Car
Price: From £13,930
The facts: The Juke is what’s known as a ‘crossover’ vehicle, meaning it combines elements of an SUV (sport utility vehicle) with those of a hatchback. Striking a balance between practicality and eye-catching sportiness, the Juke is a tech-centred car, and available with cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, and heated front seats. There’s substance to go with all that style. A recent survey of 13,451 UK drivers ranked the Juke as the most reliable vehicle in the small car category.
"The Nissan Juke combines funky, 4x4 looks with hatchback running costs.” - The Telegraph
2. The Award-Winning Car
Price: From £10,600
The facts: What Car? magazine named the Skoda Fabia its Car Of The Year for 2015, praising its spaciousness, fuel economy and highly competitive pricing. There are 18 models available in all. In terms of reliability, Skoda ranked above every other car manufacturer in a 2015 survey in of over 13,000 UK drivers.
“Well equipped, good to drive and undercuts its main rivals on price. It's a brilliant choice.” - What Car?
3. The Family Car
Price: From £14,995
The facts: This five-door family car is available as either a hatchback or an estate, running on petrol or diesel. The 308 offers excellent fuel economy - it’s capable of 91.1 miles per gallon - alongside a comfortable ride, touchscreen controls and, on the GT model, a full panoramic roof. Widely praised in the motoring press, it earned itself the title of European Car of the Year in 2014.
“The Peugeot 308’s high points are its build quality, reliability, running costs and, most of all, comforting ride quality.” - AutoExpress.co.uk
4. The Compact Car
Price: From £14,395
The facts: A sporty five-seat hatchback from South Korean manufacturers Kia, the Cee’d is known for offering more space than its European rivals, along with acclaimed technical specifications at a lower price. Kia came second in an extensive 2015 consumer survey of the most reliable car brands, which may explain why they’re confident enough to offer a seven-year warranty across their entire range.
“The Kia Cee'd is great value for money, with lots of space, a high-quality cabin and plenty of kit for a very competitive price.” - CarBuyer.co.uk
5. The Multi-Purpose
Price: From £13,495
The facts: Just a little bigger than a Ford Fiesta or a Volkswagen Polo, the Honda Jazz could be described as a compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), meaning it’s a vehicle that combines family-friendly spaciousness with a comfortable city driving experience. The Jazz series has been praised not only for its reliability, but also its safeness, having received a five-star rating during tests by the European New Car Assessment Programme.
“A top Euro NCAP rating and Honda’s reputation for reliability mean that the Honda Jazz is an easy car to live with .” - AutoExpress.co.uk
6. The Mid-Size Car
Price: From £20,496
The facts: Smart and spacious, the Mondeo has been Ford’s flagship family car since its launch in 1992. Available in five distinct models - including the hybrid-electric Titanium and the luxurious Vignale - the Mondeo runs on Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost engine system, designed to combine reliability with money-saving economy. And, if you prefer diesel engines or automatic gearboxes, there’s a Mondeo for you, too.
“The latest Mondeo is refined, composed and comfortable. We expect reliability levels to be good .” - Parkers.co.uk
7. The Diesel Car
Price: From £22,350
The facts: Winner of the prestigious Car Of The Year award for 2015, Volkswagen's Passat is a four-door, five-seat saloon car. It's available in six models, covering five different diesel-engine options. Optional add-ons such as touchscreen sat-nav and three-zone climate control will help make even the lengthiest of journeys go smoothly.
“Volkswagen sells over one million Passats every year, earning this model a well-earned reputation as a dependable, robust and reliable car across the globe.” - AutoExpress.co.uk
8. The Luxury Car
Price: From £35,395
The facts: Since its launch in 1993, reliability and durability have become hallmarks of Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class series. As you’d expect, given its relatively high price tag, there’s more to the E-Class than just reliability. Buyers can expect leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, Parking Assist, climate control, stainless steel tailpipes, and sat-nav on an eight-inch HD screen.
“Impeccable solidity, excellent economy. One of the pillars of the Mercedes range, the E-Class is a very compelling executive choice.” - TopGear.com