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Top 50 most reliable used cars

Britain’s 50 most reliable used cars have been revealed using the latest research from leading consumer champion, What Car?, in association with heycar, the online used car marketplace.

In the listings, the three top performing cars all achieved a perfect 100% reliability rating. They are the previous-generation versions of the Honda Jazz and Toyota RAV4, plus the current Lexus RX.

Japanese and Korean brands accounted for seven of the Top 10, including four models from Toyota and its luxury division Lexus, and two from Hyundai.

The reliability ratings are based on data supplied by nearly 13,000 owners who took part in the annual What Car? Reliability Survey, with each person asked if their vehicle had experienced a fault in the past 12 months, what area was affected, how much each fault cost to repair and how long the vehicle was off the road.

Only cars up to eight years old were considered, because these account for more than half of all used car purchases.

Across all models in the top 50, 21% of owners reported a fault, with non-engine electrical gremlins the most common problem, followed by the engine and its electrical systems and the car’s bodywork. In 68% of cases the cost of repairs was covered under warranty, with 36% of all cars driveable and repaired in a day or less.

Britain’s Top 50 most reliable used cars

=1Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019)100.0%
=1Lexus RX Hybrid (2016 – present)100.0%
=1Honda Jazz (2008 – 2015)100.0%
4Toyota Yaris Hybrid (2011 – 2020)99.6%
5Lexus NX Hybrid (2014 – present)99.3%
6Dacia Duster (2018 – present)99.0%
=7Skoda Citigo (2012 – present)98.9%
=7Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2010 – present)98.9%
9Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2020)98.8%
10Hyundai i20 (2015 – present)98.6%
=11Mini Countryman (2017 – present)98.4%
=11Lexus IS Hybrid (2013 – present)98.4%
13Lexus CT (2011 – present)98.3%
14Toyota Corolla Hybrid (2018 – present)98.2%
15BMW X1 petrol (2015 – present)98.1%
=16Volkswagen Up (2012 – present)98.0%
=16Skoda Superb petrol (2016 – present)98.0%
=16Mercedes-Benz GLA (2014 – 2020)98.0%
=16Mazda CX-3 (2016 – present)98.0%
=16Kia Picanto (2011 – 2017)98.0%
21Skoda Karoq petrol (2017 – present)97.8%
22Volvo XC40 petrol (2017 – present)97.7%
23Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (2017 – present)97.3%
=24Toyota Auris Hybrid (2013 – 2019)97.2%
=24Ford Mondeo (2014 – present)97.2%
26Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013 – present)97.1%
=27Volkswagen Tiguan petrol (2016 – present)96.9%
=27Honda Jazz (2015 – present)96.9%
=27Alfa Romeo Giulia (2016 – present)96.9%
30BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible (2014 – present)96.8%
=31Vauxhall Mokka petrol (2012 – 2019)96.7%
=31Skoda Fabia (2015 – present)96.7%
=31Lexus RX (2009 – 2016)96.7%
=31Jaguar I-Pace (2018 – present)96.7%
=35Mercedes E-Class (2009 – 2016)96.5%
=35Mazda 2 (2015 – present)96.5%
=37Mazda CX-5 petrol (2017 – present)96.4%
=37Ford Focus petrol (2018 – present)96.4%
=39Volvo XC40 diesel (2017 – present)96.3%
=39Skoda Karoq diesel (2017 – present)96.3%
41Mazda 6 (2013 – present)96.2%
42Ford C-Max (2011 – present)96.1%
43Mini Hatchback petrol (2014 – present)96.0%
=44Skoda Octavia petrol (2013 – 2020)95.9%
=44Skoda Kodiaq petrol (2016 – present)95.9%
46Seat Leon petrol (2013 – 2020)95.8%
=47Volkswagen T-Roc (2017 – present)95.7%
=47Porsche Macan petrol (2014 – present)95.7%
=49Renault Captur (2013 – 2019)95.6%
=49Audi Q5 (2018 – present)95.6%


“Reliability is one of the key concerns for most used buyers, because an unreliable car can quickly turn into an unwelcome headache,” said Mark Pearson, What Car?’s Used Cars Editor.

“Fortunately, our top 50 list, combined with our online used car marketplace, takes the hassle out of finding a dependable secondhand car.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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