Having a reliable car is vital to any driver - whether you’re buying a car for its pulse-racing performance, money-saving efficiency or peerless practicality. Reliability is key. And with the cost of motoring at an all-time-high, it’s more important than ever to choose a car that you can depend on.
With this in mind, we’ve trawled through the Driver Power 2013 results to bring you the 10 most reliable cars, based on the experiences of more than 46,000 owners. Our Driver Power results serve as an index of a car maker's reliability.
Reliability rating: 98.40%
Overall position: 35th
Superminis aren’t usually renowned for their reliability, but the Toyota Yaris is clearly an exception. The third-generation model – introduced in 2010 – has been voted the UK’s most reliable car, with a score of 98.40 per cent. Although still a relatively new car, the engines have all been carried over from the previous model, so are tried and tested. Plus, every Yaris comes with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Reliability rating: 97.96%
Overall position: 14th
Subaru has always had a very good reputation for reliability, and the Forester continues this trend with an impressive score of 97.96 per cent. It has been thoroughly engineered, with very good build quality and proven – although thirsty - boxer petrol and diesel engines. An all-new model was launched at the beginning of 2013 and uses tech from this third-generation model, which bodes well for its reliability.
Reliability rating: 97.87%
Overall position: 23rd
The Honda Jazz has proved hugely popular with owners since it was first introduced back in 2001. Although it has fallen down the charts in recent years, with disappointing results for ride quality and handling, owners are just as impressed by its reliability as ever. And while it might be a bit a long in the tooth these days, the Jazz still offers bags of space and tonnes of versatility, with neat touches like rear seats that flip up cinema-style.
Reliability rating: 97.54%
Overall position: 21st
Although the Hyundai ix35 hasn’t excelled in other categories, owners rave about its reliability. This is in no doubt helped by the fact it shares many of its components with the i30 hatchback, which took the overall prize in our 2010 Driver Power survey. Plus, if something were to go wrong, the generous five-year unlimited mileage warranty should provide peace of mind. However, it is worth noting that owners weren’t quite so impressed by its build quality – it finished 65th in that category.
Reliability rating: 97.53%
Overall position: 1st
The Skoda Yeti was last year’s reliability champion, and although it has fallen to fifth in the 2013 results, its score has actually improved from 94.80 per cent to 97.53. But it’s not just the Yeti’s reliability that impresses owners: the stylish crossover also finished top overall and in the build quality category, proving just how well they hold together even after several years’ use.
Reliability rating: 97.40%
Overall position: 26th
The Toyota Prius uses a complicated petrol-electric powertrain, which could make the popular hybrid a daunting proposition. However, the reality is that the hi-tech set up 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.
Reliability rating: 97.29%
Overall position: 41st
A car doesn’t have to be expensive to be reliable, and the tiny Vauxhall Agila is proof of that. The second-generation Agila arrived in showrooms in 2008, having been developed in partnership with Suzuki. It offers the practicality of five doors, a surprisingly spacious interior and decent dynamics. But best of all, it also came top for running costs.
Reliability rating: 97.22%
Overall position: 65th
While owners have complained about its lack of performance, harsh ride quality and disappointing practicality, there are two areas in which the Toyota iQ shines. Owners are very happy with its running costs - the tiny city car finished 2nd in that category – but they have also offered a lot of praise for its reliability, despite it being affected by a string of recalls. It also comes with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which is great for a car of its size and price.
Reliability rating: 97.22%
Overall position: 25th
The eighth-generation Honda Accord has finished ninth in the reliability category on its debut appearance in our Driver Power survey. Although this isn’t quite as impressive as the previous model’s fourth-place finish in the 2012 results, the new car has actually scored a higher result – up from 94.04 per cent to 97.22. Although the Accord hasn’t been a big sales success for the brand of late, it’s results here show it’s worth considering, with owner also praising its build quality, level of in-car tech and ease of driving.
Reliability rating: 97.21%
Overall position: 2nd
The second Skoda in our list is the Superb, which has dropped from third in this category in 2012 down to 10th. According to owners, the key to its success is the lack of rattles and squeaks in the cabin, the solid thud of the doors and the fact that breakdowns are few and far between. The petrol and diesel engines have all been tried and tested across the VW Group, too. To quote Terry Larkin from Baintree, Essex, “I describe them as bombproof. They just don’t break down. Ever.”
|1||Toyota||Yaris Mk3||98.40%||51||Honda||Civic Mk8||93.92%|
|2||Subaru||Forester Mk3||97.96%||52||Renault||Scenic/Grand Scenic Mk3||93.83%|
|3||Honda||Jazz Mk2||97.87%||53||Audi||A6 Mk4||93.82%|
|4||Hyundai||ix35||97.54%||54||BMW||1 Series Mk2||93.76%|
|6||Toyota||Prius Mk3||97.40%||56||Volkswagen||Scirocco Mk3||93.68%|
|7||Vauxhall||Agila Mk2||97.29%||57||Renault||Laguna Mk3||93.67%|
|11||Lexus||IS Mk2||96.91%||61||Kia||Cee'd Mk1||93.33%|
|12||Mazda||MX-5 Mk3||96.76%||62||Skoda||Fabia Mk2||93.21%|
|13||Toyota||RAV4 Mk3||96.73%||63||Volkswagen||Golf Mk6||93.16%|
|15||Kia||Sportage Mk3||96.57%||65||Hyundai||Santa Fe Mk2||93.08%|
|16||Nissan||Micra Mk4||96.56%||66||Audi||TT/Roadster Mk2||92.99%|
|18||Toyota||Prius Mk2||96.34%||68||Ford||Focus Mk3||92.63%|
|19||Kia||Picanto Mk2||96.07%||69||Volvo||S60 Mk1||92.50%|
|20||Suzuki||Swift Mk2||96.06%||70||Land Rover||Discovery Mk4||92.41%|
|21||Toyota||Avensis mk3||96.01%||71||BMW||3 Series Coupe/Conv MkV||92.40%|
|22||Honda||CR-V Mk3||95.93%||72||Audi||A4 Mk4||92.30%|
|23||Honda||Jazz Mk1||95.84%||73||Mitsubishi||Lancer Mk9||92.16%|
|24||Mazda||3 Mk2||95.69%||74||Audi||A5 Coupe/Cabriolet||92.07%|
|25||Kia||Rio Mk3||95.64%||75||Ford||C-MAX Mk2||91.94%|
|28||Toyota||Verso Mk1||95.56%||78||Land Rover||Range Rover Evoque||91.70%|
|29||Mercedes||E-Class Mk4||95.54%||79||Porsche||911 997||91.68%|
|30||Toyota||Auris Mk1||95.51%||80||BMW||3 Series Mk6||91.65%|
|31||Volkswagen||Passat Mk6||95.43%||81||Subaru||Legacy Mk4||91.60%|
|32||BMW||5 Series Mk6||95.27%||82||BMW||3 Series Mk5||91.57%|
|33||BMW||X3 Mk2||95.06%||83||Volvo||V70 Mk2||91.43%|
|34||Porsche||Cayman Mk1||94.80%||84||Audi||A6 Mk3||91.30%|
|35||Skoda||Octavia Mk2||94.80%||85||BMW||X5 Mk2||91.18%|
|37||Mercedes||C-Class Mk3||94.60%||87||Land Rover||Freelander 2||90.86%|
|39||Alfa Romeo||Giulietta||94.46%||89||Volkswagen||Golf Plus||90.67%|
|41||Ford||Kuga Mk1||94.33%||91||Porsche||Boxster Mk2||90.00%|
|42||Renault||Megane Mk3||94.18%||92||Ford||Mondeo Mk4||89.54%|
|44||Citroen||DS3||94.15%||94||BMW||5 Series Mk5||88.83%|
|45||Hyundai||i30 Mk1||94.13%||95||Jaguar||XJ Mk5||88.30%|
|46||Mercedes||C-Class Sports Coupe||94.13%||96||Volkswagen||Touran||88.04%|
|48||Volkswagen||Passat CC||94.04%||98||Ford||Galaxy Mk3||87.54%|
|50||Nissan||Qashqai||93.95%||100||Land Rover||Range Rover Mk3||83.31%|