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Most reliable new cars 2019

The 2019 JD Power UK Vehicle Dependability Study has named Peugeot as the most dependable mainstream car brand you can buy. Volvo, meanwhile, is the most dependable premium car brand this year.

The study, which is based on the responses of 11,530 owners of new cars registered from November 2015 to January 2018, measures problems experienced during the past 12 months, after 12-36 months of ownership.

Here, we run through every sector in the JD Power study and reveal the most dependable cars in each category.

City car winner: Volkswagen Up

JD Power examined 177 problem symptoms in eight categories: vehicle exterior; driving experience; features, control and displays; audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; seats; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; vehicle interior; and engine and transmission. The Volkswagen Up drives away with the award for the most dependable city car.

Runner-up: Hyundai i10

A winner in 2018, the Hyundai i10 is a runner-up in 2019. The city car comes with a comprehensive five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and prices start from £9,200.

Runner-up: Peugeot 108

This year’s JD Power study has been good for Peugeot, with the French company named as the UK’s most dependable car brand. The Peugeot 108 is another runner-up behind the Volkswagen Up.

Small car winner: Peugeot 208

Moving up a segment, the Peugeot 208 is the highest ranked small car in the JD Power study. This is the second consecutive victory for the popular supermini, which means the all-new 208 has a lot to live up to.

Runner-up: Hyundai i20

Like Peugeot, Hyundai has performed well in this year’s JD Power study, with the South Korean company finishing third on the list of dependable brands. Meanwhile, the i20 is a runner-up in the small car category.

Runner-up: Ford Fiesta

It might surprise you to discover that Ford Fiesta prices start from £15,670, but this is a small price to pay for a dependable supermini. Today’s Fiesta is available in various flavours, including the posh Vignale and high-riding Active.

Small SUV winner: Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka X

A runner-up in 2018, the Vauxhall Mokka goes one better in 2019 by being named the most dependable small SUV. This burgeoning segment is filled with some of the UK’s most popular cars, so this is a terrific result for Vauxhall.

Runner-up: Peugeot 2008

On the subject of Peugeot’s excellent performance in this year’s JD Power study, David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “We’re committed to building vehicles with uncompromising quality, an instinctive driving experience and sharp design, and it’s great to see owners telling us they find all these characteristics when living with our vehicles year in year out.”

Runner-up: Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke is one of the oldest cars in the segment, but the JD Power study would suggest that the ageing compact crossover shouldn’t be overlooked. Prices start from £15,520.

Compact car winner: Skoda Octavia

For the second year in a row, the Skoda Octavia drives away with the award for the most dependable compact car. Thanks to its large boot and spacious cabin, the Octavia is anything but compact, but at least you’ll have somewhere to store those JD Power awards.

Runner-up: Seat Leon

The Octavia’s Volkswagen Group sibling is a runner-up in the compact car category. The Seat Leon is available in five-door hatchback, estate and sporty Cupra versions, with prices starting from £18,265.

Runner-up: Ford Focus

It’s one of Britain’s most popular cars, but the Ford Focus also happens to be one of the most dependable. The fourth-generation Focus arrived in 2018 and prices start from £18,305. A sporty ST model will go on sale in 2019.

Compact SUV winner: Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is the most dependable compact SUV for the second year in a row. A longer Tiguan Allspace with seating for up to seven people joined the range in 2018.

Runner-up: Peugeot 3008

The 3008 is the fourth and final Peugeot to be named in the JD Power 2019 UK Vehicle Dependability Study. Mark Lendrich, head of research at JD Power Europe, said: “Long-term reliability has a direct impact on today’s sales and tomorrow’s brand loyalty. Peugeot did a great job in understanding the needs of its consumers, and therefore deserves to win the JD Power award for UK’s most dependable brand 2019.”

Runner-up: Honda CR-V

No reliability or dependability study would be complete without a Honda, but while the Jazz is conspicuous by its absence, the CR-V secures a runner-up slot in the compact SUV category.

Mid-size winner: Vauxhall Insignia

Another year, another category win for the Vauxhall Insignia. It might not be the most prestigious or desirable car in the segment, but to paraphrase Barry Davies, where are the premium Germans?

Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Ah, here’s one of them. Mercedes-Benz is the only premium brand to make the JD Power list, which just goes to prove that spending more money doesn’t necessarily result in an easier life.

Runner-up: Volkswagen Passat

An updated Volkswagen Passat is on the way, but the current model secures a runner-up spot in the mid-size category.

MPV winner: Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max

The humble MPV might be facing a fight for survival, but a people carrier will always offer greater flexibility for families. The Ford C-Max and the larger Grand C-Max are the UK’s most dependable MPVs.

Runner-up: Vauxhall Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira: gone but not forgotten. These days, if you’re after a new seven-seat Vauxhall, your choice is limited to the Combo Life and Vivaro Life.

Runner-up: Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand C4 Picasso

The Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are now named the C4 Spacetourer and Grand C4 Spacetourer, presumably because Citroen’s finance department worked out how much they were paying Fundacion Picasso for the use of the Spanish artist’s name.

Large and luxury car winner: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

And finally, the Mercedes-Benz is victorious in the large and luxury car category. JD Power didn’t award any runner-up models in this category, so the posh Merc has the podium all to itself.

Honda Civic

The most reliable company cars in 2018

Honda CivicIf you spend the working week with a Costa in the cupholder, a pressed shirt hanging in the rear window, and covering more miles than Chris Rea at Christmas, the chances are you drive a company car. So, you’ll need a vehicle that’s as reliable as your timekeeping and as well-constructed as those triple-height burgers you consume on a daily basis.

Fortunately, the Fleet News FN50 reliability survey is here to help. Put simply, these are the most reliable company cars, according to the country’s 50 biggest leasing companies.

10th most reliable company car – Nissan QashqaiNissan Qashqai

The Fleet News reliability survey is a big deal, as it’s based on breakdown and warranty data from the country’s biggest fleet operators. At the top of the list is Lex Autolease, a company with no fewer than 387,640 cars on its books. Other firms include LeasePlan, Arval, Alphabet and Arnold Clark. The Nissan Qashqai drops two places but manages to hold on to a top 10 position.

9th most reliable company car – Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is the only hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle to make the top 10, cementing its reputation as the default eco choice for the nation’s fleet drivers. Toyota offers a three-day test drive to business drivers thinking of taking the plunge.

8th most reliable company car – Kia Cee’d

Kia Cee'd

The new Kia Ceed may have ditched the apostrophe, but it’s the outgoing model that bags eighth place in the Fleet News reliability survey. The new Ceed (without the apostrophe) offers CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km and fuel economy up to 74.3mpg.

7th most reliable company car – Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

It’s a fall of one place for the Volkswagen Passat, which remains popular within fleet circles. The Passat is available on contract hire for £285 a month plus VAT and £855 initial rental.

6th most reliable company car – Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Making a reappearance in the top 10 is the Ford Focus, as fleet drivers snap up the outgoing model before it makes way for the new one. The Focus has been a popular choice within fleet circles since its debut two decades ago.

5th most reliable company car – Audi A4

There’s a new Audi A4 on the way in 2019, but that hasn’t stopped the outgoing version from securing fifth position, four up on last year’s performance. Subjectively, the A4 is the perfect executive saloon, with a near-faultless interior, a generous level of standard spec and a range of economical engines.

4th most reliable company car – Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volks… Wait, what’s this? The evergreen Volkswagen Golf falls from second to fourth in this year’s Fleet News reliability survey.

3rd most reliable company car – BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

The Golf’s loss is the BMW 5 Series’ gain, as the large executive motor jumps from fifth to third in this year’s survey. The new 5 Series is a tech-laden saloon and arguably the best drivers’ car in the segment.

2nd most reliable company car – BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

After an eight-year reign as the UK’s most reliable car (according to the Fleet News data), the outgoing BMW 3 Series has lost its title. The all-new 3 Series will hit the streets in March, and BMW will be hoping that the lighter, more efficient model will reclaim its throne.

1st most reliable company car – Honda Civic

Honda Civic

So, the Honda Civic is the country’s most reliable company car. Commenting on the title, Marc Samuel, fleet sales operation manager, Honda UK, said: “To have the Honda Civic named as the most reliable car for fleets is a fantastic achievement and testament to the work we are doing to deliver a unique and more dynamic proposition to end users.”

Keep scrolling as we reveal the best performing manufacturers.

10th best performing manufacturer – Nissan

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan occupies 10th place in the manufacturer table, falling from seventh. It manages to hold on to a top 10 position thanks, in part, to the ever-popular Qashqai.

9th best performing manufacturer – Ford

Ford Mondeo

The Focus might have performed well in this year’s Fleet News reliability survey, but that’s not enough to prevent the blue oval from falling from fifth to ninth.

8th best performing manufacturer – Volkswagen

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen may have two cars in the top ten, but both cars performed worse than last year, resulting in the German giant falling from eighth to fourth in this year’s table.

7th best performing manufacturer – Audi

Audi A4

It’s been a busy year for Audi, with the company launching the new A8, A7, A6 and Q5, but that can’t prevent a fall from second to seventh place.

6th best performing manufacturer – Kia

Kia Sportage

A strong performance from the C’eed sees Kia enter the top 10 manufacturers for the first time, securing sixth place. The rise and rise of the Korean brands looks set to continue for many years to come.

5th best performing manufacturer – Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The E-Class was pushed out of the top 10, but Mercedes-Benz still manages to finish fifth on the list of manufacturers. This shows remarkable consistency across its range, which includes fleet favourites like the A-Class, C-Class and E-Class.

4th best performing manufacturer – Hyundai

Hyundai i30

And, in at number four, it’s Hyundai, which secures a strong position despite not having any models in the top 10. This is the highest new entry and the best performance from a Korean company.

3rd best performing manufacturer – Toyota

Toyota Prius

Much of Toyota’s success is down to the Prius, but we should mention the Yaris, which is also available as a hybrid and finished 14th overall.

2nd best performing manufacturer – Honda

Honda Civic

Honda may have driven away with the title of most reliable company car, but it has to be content with second place on the list of manufacturers. Still, this is a great result following the sixth place finish last year.

1st best performing manufacturer – BMW

BMW 3 Series

With two models in the top three, it’s no surprise to find BMW sitting at the top of the fleet tree. Adam Harley, BMW Group UK national leasing manager, said: “For BMW to retain the title of most reliable car manufacturer for yet another year is an outstanding performance. Given the breadth of our range and the significant number of BMWs managed by the FN50, this firmly reinforces the substance of our product.”

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The UK’s most reliable company cars

The UK’s most reliable company cars

The UK’s most reliable company carsCompany cars are some of the hardest-working vehicles in the UK, pounding the nation’s motorways and dodging the inevitable traffic jams. Reliability is crucial, which is why the 2017 Fleet News car reliability survey makes for such interesting reading. It’s based on data from 50 contract hire and leasing companies, which is used to identify the UK’s most reliable company car. Read on if you don’t want to be stuck in Strensham or broken down in Baldock.

10. Mercedes-Benz E-ClassThe UK’s most reliable company cars

The Fleet News reliability survey is one of the most comprehensive in the business, using data from around 700,000 cars operated by the country’s biggest contract hire and leasing operators. The fleet managers are asked to rank their vehicles for breakdowns and warranty claims. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the only new entry in the top 10.

Fleet News said: “Mercedes-Benz has snuck into the top 10 with the E-Class this year, a strong performance for the newly launched model. But the ageing C-Class – which held eighth last-year – has dropped to 14th in this survey. A new C-Class is expected next year.”

9. Audi A4The UK’s most reliable company cars

The entire top 10 consists of either German- or Japanese-owned brands, with Audi the second-best performing manufacturer. But the news is less rosy for the A4, which drops from third position in 2016 to ninth in 2017.

Fleet News calls this is a “disappointing drop for the new model”, but Audi will take some solace from the fact that the C-Class is no longer in the top 10. The A4 is offered in six flavours, with the 2.0-litre diesel saloon the traditional fleet favourite. A 2.0-litre TDI Ultra offers CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

8. Nissan QashqaiThe UK’s most reliable company cars

The country’s most popular crossover also happens to be one of the most reliable company cars, according to the Fleet News survey. It’s one of two British-built cars to appear in the top 10 and follows a ninth position in 2016.

Fleet News said: “Taking eighth position is the Nissan Qashqai, a car which jumped to the top of the UK sales charts in September following a minor facelift. Early next year, the model will offer a semi-autonomous driving system, but remains a firm fleet favourite thanks to its low 99g/km CO2 emissions.”

7. Skoda OctaviaThe UK’s most reliable company cars

Interestingly, there’s no place in the top 10 for a Korean manufacturer, which is surprising given the acclaimed warranties offered by Hyundai and Kia. There are no such problems for the Skoda Octavia, which rises three places to seventh position in the chart. The Golf-based Octavia – which is available as a hatchback and estate – has been treated to a midlife facelift.

CO2 emissions range from 103g/km for the 115hp 1.6-litre TDI to 149g/km for the 230hp 2.0-litre petrol vRS. Meanwhile, Skoda just managed to cling on to a top 10 slot on the list of best manufacturers, dropping from seventh in 2016.

6. Volkswagen PassatThe UK’s most reliable company cars

It’s been a while since the Volkswagen Passat was named 2015 European Car of the Year, but the German saloon remains a firm favourite within fleet circles. Sixth position sees it rise one place in the Fleet News reliability survey.

The Passat is available with a wide range of powertrains, including the GTE plug-in hybrid, which is powered by a combination of a 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor. Prices start from £34,515 after the government plug-in car grant, and CO2 emissions are just 39g/km.

5. BMW 5 SeriesThe UK’s most reliable company cars

The new BMW 5 Series is available in 34 different flavours, including the business-friendly 530e iPerformance, which combines an electric motor and a 2.0-litre petrol engine to deliver CO2 emissions of just 46g/km.

Fleet News said: “Another model that debuted this year was the all-new BMW 5 Series. The car has jumped from sixth position to fifth; making BMW the only manufacturer with two models in the top five.”

4. Honda CivicThe UK’s most reliable company cars

The new and improved Honda Civic nudges the Japanese family and fleet favourite up one position to a highly respectable fourth place. The 129hp turbocharged 1.0-litre VTEC engine emits 110g/km and could return 58.9mpg on a combined cycle.

Fleet News said: “Honda now occupies fourth place with the Civic, continuing as the only Japanese model in the top-five. Having undergone a total redesign, the new Civic was launched in the spring with a choice of two turbo-charged petrol engines. A diesel is expected early next year.”

3. Audi A3The UK’s most reliable company cars

Into the top three, where we find the ever-popular Audi A3, which is available in no fewer than 11 different body styles, from standard family hatchback to storming RS3 Sportback and saloon.

Fleet News said: “The Audi A3 made a surprise return to third place, having held fourth for the past two years. It bumped the recently re-launched A4 to ninth – a disappointing drop for the new model.”

2. Volkswagen GolfThe UK’s most reliable company cars

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf – known as the Mk7.5 – stays in second position. If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen Golf, etc, etc.

Fleet News said: “Retaining second place in the reliability index is the Volkswagen Golf, which received a facelift and new petrol engines earlier this year. It also offers a choice of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid options.”

1. BMW 3 SeriesThe UK’s most reliable company cars

And so, for the eighth consecutive year, the BMW 3 Series is named as the most reliable company car. Not bad for a car on the verge of being replaced by a new model. Fleet News said: “An all-new 3 Series is due next year, but the current model has been an overarching success since its launch in 2011. Last year a plug-in hybrid powertrain was added to the line-up, badged 330e.”

The German brand also emerged victorious in the battle to be named the most reliable car manufacturer, mirroring the success of 2016 and 2015. With Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen finishing second, third and fourth respectively, the Fleet News survey makes for great reading if you’re hoping to shift German metal to fleet operators.

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Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500Want a new car but don’t want to spend more than £1,500? We’ve assembled a list of budget cars that won’t break the bank. In fact, they cost less than a typical downpayment on a PCP deal. Ever helpful, we’ve selected two cars from each class, kicking off with a pair of bargain MPVs.

MPV: Vauxhall Zafira

Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500Why you want it: the innovative ‘Flex 7’ seating is brilliant; prices start from £500; it’s based on the Astra, giving it compact dimensions.

Why you don’t: it’s about as cool as a centre crease on a pair of jeans; the rearmost seats are suitable for small children only; it will look and feel very tired.

MPV: SEAT AlhambraBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: it’s a proper seven-seater, feels like a car to drive; cheaper than the Volkswagen Sharan and Ford Galaxy.

Why you don’t: you might have to live with a few battle scars; not immune to mechanical problems; feeling dated now.

SUV: Subaru ForesterBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: part estate, part SUV; superb on-road manners; great for light off-roading; excellent reliability; flat-four engine.

Why you don’t: not exactly cheap to run; styling is a little oddball for some; may have led a tough life.

SUV: Honda CR-VBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: two decades on, it retains a strong image; one of the original crossovers; typical Honda reliability; good value for money.

Why you don’t: original CR-V was petrol only; not exactly cheap to run; not a true off-roader.

Estate: Skoda OctaviaBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: massive 580-litre load space; cheaper to buy than a Golf estate; excellent range of engines and specs; people love Skoda dealers.

Why you don’t: more mechanical gremlins than you might think; interior is showing its age; to some, the badge is still a problem, which is their loss.

Estate: Ford MondeoBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: brilliant to drive; cavernous boot; cheap to buy; plenty of choice; TDCi engines blend performance with economy.

Why you don’t: that TDCi engine can be troublesome; many will have been run on a budget.

Family hatchback: Volkswagen GolfBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: it’s a Golf; for this budget you can buy a Mk3 or a Mk4; solid build quality, plenty of choice; excellent interior; strong image.

Why you don’t: not as reliable as the image makes out; Mk3 and Mk4 are stodgy and not that great to drive; image keeps prices relatively high.

Family hatchback: Ford FocusBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: still looks great today; brilliant to drive; 1.6 and 2.0 Zetec are terrific drivers’ cars; plenty of choice; cheap to run.

Why you don’t: many tired examples out there; lacks the image of the Golf, although this could be a positive.

Supermini: Skoda FabiaBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: it’s a Volkswagen Polo in a cheaper suit; well built; good range of engines and specs; vRS is a fast and frugal hot hatch.

Why you don’t: dull styling; interior is showing its age; Volkswagen Polo will look better on your driveway, if that kind of thing matters to you.

Supermini: Honda JazzBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: innovative and spacious interior; many will have led an easy life; cheap to run; utterly reliable if well maintained.

Why you don’t: people will think you’ve given up on life; pint-size MPV styling; ride is a little unforgiving; incapable of travelling at more than 42mph on a B-road, probably.

City car: Ford KaBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: one of the greatest city cars ever built; brilliant fun to drive; cute styling; cheap to buy and run; plenty of choice.

Why you don’t: rust is a menace, rendering some cars beyond economical repair; original 1.3-litre not without issues; dated interior; cheap build, and it shows.

City car: Fiat PandaBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: a few million Italians can’t be wrong; fun to drive; narrow dimensions make it brilliant in the city; good size cabin; chic styling.

Why you don’t: not the biggest boot in the world; interior might be showing its age; split-folding rear seats aren’t standard.

Sports car: Mazda MX-5Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: because it’s the definitive affordable sports car; Lotus Elan for a new generation; choice; value for money.

Why you don’t: beware of imports without history; hardly exclusive; rust is a big issue; taller drivers might struggle to get comfortable.

Sports car: MG FBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: more practical than an MX-5; mid-engined, plenty of choice; far better to drive than it’s given credit for; excellent parts and specialist support.

Why you don’t: sorry, MG owners, but we have to mention head gasket failure; build quality is patchy; you might wish you had bought a Mazda MX-5.

Convertible: Saab 9-3Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: gilt-edged image; solid build quality; supremely comfortable; Saab’s demise means prices remain depressed; it’s a Saab, so safety is guaranteed.

Why you don’t: not particularly great to drive; lack of specialist support; parts and servicing can be expensive.

Convertible: Peugeot 306Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: just look at it, the Pininfarina-styled 306 has aged beautifully; surprisingly practical; excellent ride quality; good value for money.

Why you don’t: some of the electrics might not work; interior won’t have aged well; some tatty examples out there.

Saloon: Honda AccordBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: because it’s probably the most reliable car in the world; even older Accords offer total reliability; many cars will have led an easy life; premium feel.

Why you don’t: high-mileage diesel engines could be troublesome; not the biggest boot in the world; firm ride, especially when on larger alloy wheels.

Saloon: Toyota AvensisBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: because Colin in accounts drives one.

Why you don’t: because Colin in accounts drives one.

Executive: BMW 5 SeriesBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: strong image; superb to drive; has aged beautifully; a range of brilliant engines.

Why you don’t: some quality issues; hold their value extremely well, so prices are relatively high; parts and servicing can be expensive.

Executive: Audi A6Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: superb build quality; currently the best badge in the business; superb interior; classy styling.

Why you don’t: not as great to drive as a 5 Series; even more sought-after than a 5 Series, so prices are high.

Luxury: BMW 7 SeriesBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: because the godfather of Bangernomics, James Ruppert, owned one; you can pretend to be James Bond; sense of genuine luxury; great to look at.

Why you don’t: because you’re not James Bond; you can’t control it via your Sony Ericsson brick-phone; there’s a lot to go wrong.

Luxury: Lexus LS400Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: it’s a “Japanese Mercedes”, Lynn.

Why you don’t: it’s a “Japanese Mercedes”, Lynn.

Coupe: Ford PumaBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: one of the best small coupes ever built; it’s based on a Fiesta, so parts and servicing are cheap; Steve McQueen drove one, of sorts; cheap as chips.

Why you don’t: rust; some flaky examples in the classifieds; 1.4 and 1.6 not as good as the 1.7.

Coupe: Vauxhall CalibraBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: excellent styling; four-seat practicality; on the verge of classic status?

Why you don’t: prices appear to be on the up; it’s a Vauxhall; other 90s coupes are sharper to drive.

Classic: Austin MetroBangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: undervalued part of British motoring history; cheap to buy; excellent starter classic; Princess Diana owned one; full of character.

Why you don’t: rust is a big issue; potential issues with the Hydragas suspension; the looming cloud of head gasket failure; gearbox problems.

Classic: Saab 9000Bangers, no cash: budget cars for £1,500

Why you want it: supremely comfortable; extremely well built, non-turbo versions are very cheap to buy; everyday classic.

Why you don’t: parts can be expensive; non-turbo versions are rather sluggish; not exactly cheap to run.

Top 10 used convertibles

Top 10 used convertibles

Top 10 used convertiblesLooking to buy a convertible to enjoy the hot weather this summer? While you might associate roof-down motoring with an old Italian sports car stranded on the side of the M25, topless cars don’t have to be a liability. Warranty company Warranty Direct has analysed its 50,000 policies to reveal which convertibles are least likely to leave you stranded this summer.

The study concentrates on cars aged between three and eight years old. Warranty Direct gives each car a Reliability Index: a figure based on a number of factors, from the amount of times a certain model breaks down to the average cost of repair. The lower the figure, the better it is.

10: BMW 3 SeriesTop 10 used convertibles

So, onto the most reliable convertibles. In 10th place is the BMW 3 Series. While the soft-top BMW is fairly reliable, its heavy repair prices knock its Reliability Index – with the maximum repair cost paid out by the warranty company nudging £6,000.

The survey picks out the E93 3 Series Cabriolet, produced from 2007 to 2013. When new, it was quite advanced, thanks to its retractable hardtop. You can pick up a leggy example from around £6,000 in the classifieds.

9: Audi A3 CabrioletTop 10 used convertibles

The Audi A3 Cabriolet makes for an affordable and practical soft-top on the used market. Its Reliability Index is a relatively low 145 – although the maximum paid out by Warranty Direct was an eye-watering £4,373.

 

Launched in 2008, the earliest A3 Cabriolets are now eight years old – meaning you should buy carefully if reliability is a concern. If you buy wisely, there’s no reason why a tidy example from a private seller for around £7,000 shouldn’t provide lots of pain-free miles.

8: BMW Z4Top 10 used convertibles

A two-seat, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a BMW badge… what’s not to like, as long as you’re not wanting to transport the family? The maximum Warranty Direct’s paid out for a 2009-16 Z4 is a relatively reassuring £2,152.40. It scores 136 on the Reliability Index.

A budget of £10,000 will get you a 2009 model Z4. Hunt out a 3.0-litre if you want the poke to go with the sporty appearance.

7: Audi TTTop 10 used convertibles

The 2006-14 Audi TT Roadster isn’t the most entertaining car to drive, but it looks good and has a pleasant interior. It scores 132 on Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index.

The TT’s desirable image means they hold their money well. You’ll be looking at £7,000 for a high-mileage example from 2007.

6: Volkswagen EosTop 10 used convertibles

VW insisted the Eos was more than just a Golf cabriolet with a fancy folding hard-top when it was launched in 2006. It’s bigger than a Golf, but much of its extra space is taken up by the roof.

 

The Eos scores 126 in Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index. Alarmingly, the firm paid out £5864.46 for repairs to one example.

5: Volvo C70Top 10 used convertibles

The Volvo C70 isn’t a car for enthusiastic drivers. But for sunny days out with friends and family, it could make for an excellent used buy. Warranty Direct names it the fifth most reliable used convertible.

The second-generation Volvo C70 was launched in 2006, and you can pick one up for less than £3,000. Now that strikes us as an excellent summer choice.

4: Mercedes-Benz SLKTop 10 used convertibles

Stick a private plate on a second-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, launched in 2004, and no one would believe it’s a 12-year-old design. It’s not often buying a flashy sports car like this can be done with the head as well as the heart.

Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index gives the 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK a score of 92. You can pick one up for less than £5,000 in the classifieds.

3: Peugeot 206 CCTop 10 used convertibles

The Peugeot 206 CC isn’t as desirable as the Mercedes-Benz SLK, but that means it’s ideal for those wanting to enjoy the sun on a budget. You can buy one for less than £500 – and even the tidiest examples are only around £3,000.

We’re a little surprised to see the Peugeot 206 CC ranked so highly by Warranty Direct. It doesn’t enjoy the best of reputations for reliability, and the retractable roof in particular is known for being problematic.

 

2: Vauxhall TigraTop 10 used convertibles

The stylish Vauxhall Tigra proves you don’t need deep pockets to run a convertible. The Corsa-esque interior is a bit disappointing, and the image won’t suit everyone – but the 1.8-litre petrol will be cheap to run.

With an impressive Reliability Index score of 36 and a maximum repair cost of less than £700, the Vauxhall Tigra is a car that should be easy to justify – especially with examples available for less than £1,000.

1: Mazda MX-5Top 10 used convertibles

So we’re onto the car with the title of being the UK’s most reliable convertible – and it’s the ever-popular Mazda MX-5. Yes, people rave about this little car, and they’re everywhere, but for good reason.

Featured here is the third-generation model, launched in 2005, but any MX-5 should prove to be reliable. It scores just 16 in the Reliability Index (remember, the lower the better) and the most Warranty Direct has ever shelled out for repairs is a fraction over £500. Not only are MX-5s reliable, but they’re also brilliant to drive.

Least reliable convertible: Porsche BoxsterTop 10 used convertibles

As a bonus, we thought we’d chuck in the least reliable convertible, according to Warranty Direct. And that’s the 2004 Porsche Boxster – with 42 in 100 suffering problems, costing an average of £731.01 to repair. It scores 310 on the Reliability Index. That Porsche badge comes at a price.

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Bargain used cars you can rely on

Reliable carsReliable old motors

To paraphrase rock band Keane, when your car is getting old you need something you can rely on. If you have a minute, why don’t we go in search of used cars that are likely to be reliable? Here are 10 cars to consider.

Reliable carsHonda Jazz

Look up reliability in the dictionary and you will almost certainly find a reference to the Honda Jazz. The last time Warranty Direct updated its Reliability Index, the Jazz sat at the top of the tree, looking down on the other 99 cars. It’s hardly exciting, but owners grow to love its space and practicality.

Reliable carsMercedes-Benz E-Class

Buying a used executive car can be a game of chance. They tend to travel long distances, often at high speed, while parts and servicing can be catastrophically high. In 2012, Warranty Direct revealed the most reliable cars of the previous 15 years and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class finished a respectable 8th. Gold (three-pointed) star.

Reliable carsMazda MX-5

In the same survey, the Mazda MX-5 finished 7th and was the only sports car in the top ten. Owning a Mazda MX-5 is truly a case of having your cake and eating it. Not only is it one of the best and most affordable sports cars you can buy, it’s also one of the most reliable cars of any type. Summer’s coming, so what’s stopping you?

Reliable carsMitsubishi Lancer

You probably won’t like the interior. You almost certainly won’t enjoy the drive. And you might not appreciate its bland styling. But you will revel in the equipment levels, the build quality and the fact that it is unlikely to let you down. In Warranty Direct’s 15-year survey of 2012, this finished top dog.

Reliable carsDaihatsu Sirion

Daihatsu cars always tended to score well in Which? reliability surveys, so it’s a shame the Japanese name has all but disappeared from these shores. The Sirion is based on the Toyota Yaris, so it should be reliable. What’s more, prices start from around £1,000. The only thing to watch is the rising cost of parts and the lack of dealer support.

Reliable carsToyota Prius

If you need evidence of reliability, just look at the number of Toyota Prius taxis you see across Britain. Intergalactic miles are not uncommon, which makes this the pick of the bargain green cars. Think of the strong image, too. You’ll feel like a green-washed Hollywood celeb.

Reliable carsHonda Civic

A decade on from its launch, the British-built eighth generation Honda Civic still looks fresh today. Some will dislike the split rear window, which hampers rearward visibility, but the Civic is one of the most striking family hatchbacks ever built. What’s more, the 2.2-litre diesel engine is a peach.

Reliable carsHonda S2000

Back in the day, the Honda S2000 was a permanent fixture at the top of reliability surveys. This rev-happy roadster was a huge hit in the UK, which just happened to be the biggest market. All of which means there’s plenty of choice, so you can afford to be picky. Buy a late model with full service history and revel in VTEC heaven.

Reliable carsLexus IS200

The thinking man’s BMW 3 Series? Don’t let the Alan Partridge connection put you off, because the Lexus IS200 is a serious contender. The styling has aged beautifully, while the rear-wheel drive handling will please the purists. Could this be the pick of the gallery?

Reliable carsSuzuki Jimny

It’s small, unsophisticated, crude and outdated, but you know what, we still love it. Owners swear by them, often going on to buy a number in quick succession. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and brilliant off road. Oh, and the Suzuki Jimny is also very reliable.

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The 5 most reliable car brands

Reliable carsAccording to a recent survey, UK buyers think German cars are among the most reliable on the road. However, real repair data from Warrantywise largely contradicts this, with Japanese brands dominating the reliability roundup. Join us as we count down the five most dependable car brands – and reveal the average repair cost for each.

Reliable cars5. Hyundai

Dependability score: 88

Want some Korea’s advice? Buy a Hyundai. You get a five-year manufacturer warranty, good-value prices and a strong dependability score of 88. The Tucson SUV is decent to drive, too.

Reliable cars5. Hyundai

Average repair cost: £577

Like many of its rivals, Hyundai is trying to move upmarket with its own premium sub-brand: Genesis. Would the promise of good reliability make you choose a Genesis over an Audi? Phil Collins has so far refused to comment…

Reliable cars4. Mitsubishi

Dependability score: 89

Mitsubishi sees the future in plug-in hybrids, like its Outlander PHEV. In the present, though, the firm is doing very nicely indeed. Sales are up, and a dependability score of 89 puts it fourth here.

Reliable cars4. Mitsubishi

Average repair cost: £833

Ouch! Yes, that’s the highest average repair cost here – a whopping £833. To put that in perspective, it’s more than double what you’d typically pay to repair a Smart. Good thing Mitsubishis are reliable, really…

Reliable cars3. Suzuki

Dependability score: 92

Suzuki got off to a shaky start with its Celerio city car, which failed a brake test conducted by Autocar magazine. However, the Celerio is now fixed and proving reliable, as a dependability score of 92 shows.

Reliable cars3. Suzuki

Average repair cost: £424

The latest Vitara is good fun to drive – and repair costs are affordable for a 4×4. The average across the Suzuki range is £424.

Reliable cars2. Toyota

Dependability score: 93

Toyota recalls always make the news, but their relative frequency shows how keen the company is to ensure its products are totally reliable. It just loses out to one of its Japanese rivals – but who could that be?

Reliable cars2. Toyota

Average repair cost: £592

Whatever you think about the styling of the new Prius, it’s likely to be very dependable indeed. Toyota has proved that hybrid tech needn’t mean excessive repair and maintenance costs.

Reliable cars1. Honda

Dependability score: 93

So here we are at the top of the table – and it’s Honda that takes first prize. Its dependability score of 93 is actually the same as Toyota, but average repair costs are lower.

Reliable cars1. Honda

Average repair cost: £535

From the practical Jazz to the banzai Civic Type R, Honda has a car to suit most tastes. If you value trouble-free motoring, it’s the number one choice.