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The new academic term is fast approaching and students will be preparing to return to University in the coming weeks. But what car will they choose to transport their trusty worldly goods to places afar? Trusted Dealers has the pick of the best.
A study by Warranty Direct and First Car magazine claims to reveal the most reliable student-friendly used cars currently on the road. The study examining city cars and superminis looked at Warranty Direct’s database of 50,000 policies to find out where they ranked in its Reliability Index which scores on rate of failure, average mileage, age and cost of repair.
The findings were recorded and the top ten most reliable student-friendly cars have been revealed. We’ve picked five of our favourite cars below:
Honda Jazz: Year 2008-
The Honda Jazz won first place with a reliability index rating of 1 and an average repair cost of £99.24. The study found that only one per cent of Honda Jazz models registered with Warranty Direct break down in a typical year, making it the top choice for student drivers. The Honda Jazz offers masses of space despite its compact size and resale values are particularly strong meaning you’ll cash in when you come to sell your car on.
Despite the Ford Fiesta being Britain’s number one choice of car, it came third place in the study with a reliability index rating of 18 and an average repair cost of £215.49. It’s a great choice of car to drive and offers a stylish exterior and interior as well as a comfortable ride. You can also take advantage of some great discounts if you choose to buy a new model.
Fiat 500: Year 2008-
The Fiat 500 is one of our favourite choices of car for students and won ninth place in the study with a reliability index rating of 37 and average repair costs of £189.27. The Fiat 500 is a quirky, more affordable alternative to a Mini and it offers a range of flexible engines. It is highly economical to drive and is rated as one of the safest superminis on the road.
Toyota Aygo: Year 2004-
The Toyota Aygo took fifth place in the study with a reliability index rating of 23 and an average repair cost of £177.91. We like its perky engine and the fact it looks cute and offers low running costs too. It’s well built and it also comes with a five-year warranty offered exclusively by Toyota.
Skoda Fabia: Year 2007-
Our final pick of the bunch is the Skoda Fabia which received fourth place in the study with a reliability index of 22 and an average repair cost of £150.11. This car is an excellent choice if you are looking for reliability and an affordable car to own and run. Sharing the same engine make-up as the Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza, this car offers a great ride as well as a spacious cabin for all your University accessories.
The five remaining cars which scored within the top ten in the study included the Mazda 2 in tenth place, the Toyota Yaris in eighth place, the Seat Ibiza in seventh place, the Peugeot 107 in sixth place and the Citroen C1 in second place.