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Most reliable family carsBack

There are a number of factors buyers look for when they are thinking about purchasing a used car, and one of these is reliability. Most people want to feel safe in the knowledge that once they’ve handed over their hard-earned cash, they’ll  get value for money on their new motor.

One of the ways to check if the car you are thinking about purchasing is reliable, is to take a look at the latest Reliability Index published by Warranty Direct. Data is taken from in excess of 50,000 Warranty Direct policies and every year the company reveals  the top 100 most reliable cars on the road for the last 12 months.

This month, Trusted Dealers is focussing on family cars, so below we’ve put together a list of the top five most reliable family cars taken from this year’s Reliability Index 2015. Take a look below to see which used cars are the most reliable used cars currently on UK roads.

Mitsubishi LancerMitsubishi Lancer (2005-2008)

Now in its 9th generation, the Mitsubishi Lancer 2005 model is the second most reliable car listed in this year’s index. Styled on the Mitsubishi Evo X, the Lancer is built to rival competitors such as the Skoda Octavia and Chevrolet Cruze. The Mitsubishi Lancer is a small family car that offers plenty of space, practicality and great value for money. It might not be the most attractive hatchback car on the market, but it scores well in several other areas in particular its reliability which has an index rating of 6. Average repair costs on the Lancer are £94.72, and the Lancer offers a roomy interior and plenty of standard kit as well as an inclusive service plan.

Suzuki LianaSuzuki Liana (2001-2007)

The Suzuki Liana came in 8th place with a reliability index rating of 16.00. It’s a small family car that’s incredibly cheap to buy, reliable and well equipped. To drive, the Liana is quite easy to manoevre about town, but ride quality is poor and refinement suffers with plenty of engine noise apparent even at slower speeds. We’d recommend opting for the 1.6 GLX manual to gain the best balance between performance and fuel economy. Average repair costs on the Liana are £186.12, and overall it’s really not a bad buy, although more often than not it will be outshined by more modern rivals.

Mercedes-Benz CLCMercedes-Benz CLC (2008-2010)

The Mercedes-Benz CLC came in 10th place with a reliability index of 18.00 and average repair costs of £202. As a Mercedes-Benz car, the badge does enough to sway buyers and the car sports the usual good looks and comfortable interior you’d expect from a premium manufacturer. The CLC comes well equipped too and it’s the cheapest  Mercedes-Benz coupe on the market, making it more accessible to buyers seeking a sporty premium car. If you’re a family of four, you’ll be able to fit into the CLC easily, although leg and headroom remains cramped in the back and better suited to children.

Peugeot 3008Peugeot 3008 (2009-)

Achieving 16th place in the reliability index scoring with 23.00, the Peugeot 3008 is a large family crossover that’s cheap to buy, cheap to own and cheap to run. Repair costs average at £171.10, yet the 3008 still offers buyers plenty of comfort, quality and space. Enter the cabin and the 3008 is full of practicality with plenty of head and leg room and lots of handy storage options to make life easier. The seats are plush, the interior is well made and the higher seating position makes the 3008 easier to drive – its refined too and comes with an excellent selection of capable engines.

HondaAccordHonda Accord (2008-)

Honda has retained its status for the 9th consecutive year as the most reliable used car manuacturer in the UK. the Honda Jazz topped the leader board for reliability, with the Accord coming 17 overall with a reliability index score of 23. The key to Honda’s success is due to low failure rates and cheap servicing costs with average repair costs at £417 for the Accord. Furthermore, the Accord is offered with a range of powerful highly capable engines and there’s plenty of safety kit supplied as standard. The interior is not as upmarket or practical as some rivals, but if you’re looking for a cheap, reliable family saloon, it’s still a sound choice.

Posted by Leana Kell on 23/11/2015