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Top 5 Most Reliable Cars In The UK

April 17, 2014

Reliability isn’t something most buyers will really think about when looking for a car. It’s assumed in 2014 that every modern car should be reliable – unfortunately that’s not always the case, and more buyers are being caught out with expensive maintenance and repair costs. In these tough economic times, where car ownership costs are at an all-time high, we want to help you save money in any way possible. A reliable car doesn’t have to be a boring one either – using data from the Reliability Index, we’ve come up with a handy list of our top 5 favourite cars that won’t let you down!

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris

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The new Toyota Yaris was introduced in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength, proving particularly popular in the UK market. The average repair cost for the Yaris is £137.90 – however, the Toyota also happens to come with a handy 5-year warranty. Thankfully, you probably won’t need to worry about either of these – due to the fact that Toyota have a flawless reliability record. Both the engines and build quality are class-leading. The Yaris is available from £10,895 for the VVT-i T2 entry level model.

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

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This stylish super-mini has been a hit with drivers since its original launch back in 2001. Set to be replaced with a new version in 2015, now is a great time to snag a bargain on one of the most reliable used cars on the market. The Mk 2 Jazz, currently available in the UK, is one of Honda’s biggest success stories – dubbed ‘spaciously small’, the Jazz is exactly that. Its practicality, great economy figures and the fact that it’s been voted one of the most dependable drives in the UK make it a serious contender on our list. So why not Jazz things up? Available from £11,695 for the i-VTEC S 5-door model.

Vauxhall Agila

Vauxhall Agila

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This might not be the best looker of the bunch – but for practicality and price, it’s hard to beat. This compact super-mini is surprisingly spacious, with 5 doors and ample room for 4 adults. The cabin is pleasant and the Agila is a breeze to drive and park, making it an ideal city run-around or new driver’s car. Maintenance costs are extremely low, with the average repair coming in at £81.40. It’s unlikely you will forking out much, though – the Agila comes with a lifetime warranty! The cheeky little Vauxhall is available – new – for the bargain price of £8,695 for the 12v EcoFLEX Expression model. There are also serious deals to be found on this reliable little motor in the second hand market.

VW Polo

VW Polo

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The Polo offers up a tasty option for those wanting to combine reliability and desirability – this naughty little hatchback oozes style and build quality. The Polo also rules supreme when it comes to interiors – base models are well equipped and logically designed. Average repair costs are high – just shy of £200, in fact – but reliable engines shine through, making the Polo one of the most dependable super-minis on the market. Prices start at £11,100 for the 60 S 3-door model, but we recommend going for the better powered 1.4 85 Match version.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

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This award-winning super-mini was recently recognised as the best selling car in the UK, with good reason. The Fiesta is an absolute treat to drive, with precision steering, a comfortable ride and steady handling. Ford have hit the nail on the head with the Fiesta’s styling – both inside and out this car is a fashionista’s dream, with edgy lines and Aston Martin-esque front grille. The availability of Ford parts, strong build quality and low maintenance costs make the Fiesta one of the most reliable cars on the road today. Join the Fiesta movement for as little as £9,995 for the 1.25 60 Studio 3-door entry level model.

Looking to get your hands on a reliable new or used car? The Car Loan Warehouse can help – specialists in car finance, we work with dealers and lenders to find you the best deal, regardless of your credit score. Check out our quick and easy to use car finance calculator to see how much you could save.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.