When you’re deciding which car to buy, the very least you’re looking for is something that gets you from A to B without breaking down. And our Driver Power 2014 survey reveals Britain’s most reliable car is the second-generation Honda Jazz.
The practical supermini finishes just ahead of the Toyota Prius MkIII and MkII in second and third places respectively, while Toyota premium brand Lexus’ compact executive hatch, the CT, is fourth. In fact, five cars out of the top 10 are built by Japanese makers – although 2013’s category champ, the Toyota Yaris MkIII, has fallen to 26th.
At the other end of the chart, it wasn't great news for Land Rover, as it has three cars in the bottom five. Bosses will be disappointed to see the Range Rover MkIII languishing at the foot of the table.
Driver Power reliability rating: 98.89%
The Honda Jazz is the most reliable car in Britain in 2014, according to Auto Express readers who own them - and with Honda's reputation for reliability, that might not be such a surprise. It's not the most stylish supermini out there, nor is it the best to drive, but for those looking for a solid and completely dependable small car, the Honda Jazz is your top pick.
Driver Power reliability rating: 98.84%
The Driver Power results for the most reliable cars were so close this year that we had to move into two decimal places to separate the Honda Jazz and the Toyota Prius - both scored over 98% for reliability from their owners. The petrol-electric powertrain is clearly a very reliable combination - and it helps that it will save you money on fuel as well as repair bills.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.98%
It's surprising to see two generations of the same model in the top three, but the tech in the Prius has been around since 1998 and it has proved to be incredibly reliable in that time. Early models are still going strong, which should go a long way to allay fears over the resilience of the batteries. There’s also a great warranty, which covers the mechanicals for five years or 100,000 miles, the powertrain for five years and the battery for eight.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.90%
Although the Lexus CT doesn't carry a Toyota badge, it does carry some of the same hybrid technology from the Toyota Prius. Thanks to build quality that feels rock solid and a dependable powertrain, the Lexus CT is a great car to own - and the top-rated dealer network is a big bonus if you ever do have to bring it in for a repair.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.83%
The Audi Q3 is a compact SUV that rivals the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, and it looks like the Audi has come out on top when it comes to reliability. The Q3 has plenty of high-quality materials and feels solid - and there's a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty with breakdown cover as standard as well.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.51%
The Honda Jazz might be the top supermini on this list, but the Kia Rio wasn't too far behind and it's still a great choice. The 1.1-litre diesel engine is a solid choice, as it emits just 85g/km of CO2 and is excellent on fuel as well - and it seems that owners are very happy with its reliability, too.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.47%
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the brand's newest models, so it's a positive sign to see this car on the list of the most reliable cars to own. The interior does feel solid, and thanks to the Driver Power 2014 results we now know it's dependable, too - at least for the first part of ownership, as the car hasn't been out for too long.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.45%
The Skoda Yeti has consistently ranked well for reliability in the survey, but it’s not just the Yeti’s reliability that impresses owners: the stylish crossover also finished top overall and in the ease of driving category, proving just how highly owners rate them.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.30%
The second Kia in the top 10 is the Volkswagen Golf-rivalling Cee'd. A seven-year warranty proves how much confidence Kia has in its cars, and the Cee'd is no exception - and it seems that owners are happy with the car, too.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.25%
The Mazda Mx-5 has always had a reputation for reliability, with so many previous-generation cars still on the road, and in 2014 the car has made it back into the top 10 for reliability. With a fourth-place finish for road handling, the MX-5 promises to provide plenty of driving fun without worries about reliability.
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