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What are the most reliable used cars?

Good question, that. This is what all of us worry about most when considering a used car. Well done, though, because doing your research is the best way to find a reliable car, so you’re in the right place. There are numerous surveys out there that can sometimes give you conflicting advice on what the best brands and models are for reliability, but ultimately the old cliché about Japanese brands being the most reliable is no hollow reputation. The AutoExpress 2019 ‘Most reliable used car’ survey [https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/driver-power/86787/most-reliable-used-cars-2019] places seven of its top ten places with Japanese brands, with the Lexus IS, Lexus CT, Mk4 Toyota Rav4 (2013 – 2019), and Toyota Auris taking the top four spots. That’s not to say that there aren’t other brands offering peace of mind. The 2018 What Car? reliability survey [https://www.whatcar.com/news/2018-what-car-reliability-survey/n17799] rated the previous generation Hyundai i30 as top of the pile in the family car category, while the current diesel Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia models, the petrol Mazda 3 and previous generation Kia Cee’d all merited top five places. Mind you, Toyota kept its halo in place for the What Car? rankings, too, with the Toyota Yaris coming top of the small car class with a remarkable 100% reliability rating. That’s the automotive equivalent of the holy grail, by the way, so if you want a sturdy and efficient small car then look no further than the mighty Yaris. At the other end of the scale, if big executive cars are more your style then the Mercedes E-Class (2009 – 2016) won honourable places amongst the most reliable used cars you can buy in both of these surveys. To make it easy for you, we’ve simmered down a list our top three safe bets for you, taking into account the sort of car you’re after. These rankings are based on the car’s standings in the reliability surveys, but we’ve only included them if we also know them to be mighty good cars above and beyond the essential reliability. And we’ve named and shamed the ones you should avoid, too. I want small, safe and affordable to run… Safe bets:

Get the barge pole out: I want a sensible, five-door family car… Safe bets: Get the barge pole out: I want a cool-looking small SUV… Safe bets: Get the barge pole out: I want a roomy, five-seat SUV that doesn’t cost a fortune to run… Safe bets: Get the barge pole out: I want seven seats and maximum practicality… Safe bets: Get the barge pole out: I want something fun and sporty… Safe bets: Porsche 911 (2012 – 2019) Get the barge pole out: I want something big and posh that’ll be great to drive and will make my neighbours jealous… Safe bets: Get the barge pole out: