Most new car buyers have reliability somewhere near the top of their list of priorities - nobody wants to spend more time fixing their car than driving it. But which car is the most reliable of them all? Our Driver Power 2014 survey reveals all: the second-generation Honda Jazz takes the crown in 2014.
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%
There's no better car for long-term ownership than the Honda Jazz, according to our 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. A top score in this category was hardly surprising, given Honda’s long-standing reputation for reliability, but the Jazz rated highly for running costs and practicality, too.
Driver Power reliability rating: 98.84%
The latest-generation Prius runs the Honda Jazz close, which is impressive when you consider the hi-tech hybrid running gear under the Toyota’s skin. Owners have found the petrol-electric powertrain to be a reliable combination, as well as a frugal one.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.98%
It's unusual to see two generations of the same model so close together in any Top 10, but the Prius has a proven reliability record and is covered for 100,000 miles under warranty for peace of mind. 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%
Using some of Toyota’s hybrid expertise has its advantages. Lexus’ bulletproof reliability makes the CT a great choice for anyone who wants a reliable premium hatch with low running costs - 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%
Audi's compact crossover has made a big impact with its owners, and is a strong choice. By combining proven engines with a high-quality interior, the Q3 has struck a winning formula. There's a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty with breakdown cover as standard as well.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.51%
As well as boasting a strong reliability record, the Kia Rio is available with a fuel-sipping 1.1-litre diesel engine. This emits only 85g/km of CO2 and promises seriously impressive fuel economy.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.47%
It’s good to see one of Peugeot’s newest models so far up our reliability chart. The 2008 has also impressed for running costs and ride quality, but we’ll wait to see how it will perform as a used buy.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.45%
Winner of Driver Power three years in a row – with its best score coming this year – the Skoda Yeti is a brilliant choice. It always ranks highly for reliability, but owners also praise its handling and build quality.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.30%
Kia's second entry in this list is the VW Golf-rivalling Cee’d. A seven-year warranty proves how confident Kia is in its reliabilty, and owners are also pleased with the Cee’d’s in-car tech and running costs.
Driver Power reliability rating: 96.25%
It’s celebrating a quarter of a century on our roads, and previous generations of the MX-5 can still be seen going strong. It’s also a joy to drive, coming fourth for handling in Driver Power.
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