Japanese cars dominate UK reliability list

The Toyota Yaris has been named the UK’s most reliable used car.

This follows a survey of more than 18,000 drivers of vehicles aged between four and 10 years old which also found suspension issues the most common fault among all models.

The research was conducted by new car buying platform, What Car?, which rated the reliability of cars in the previous year, the type of problems they’ve encountered as well as whether they were fixed under warranty.

Japanese manufacturers dominate the top 10 table for most reliable vehicles, occupying seven out of the 10 positions.

The Toyota Yaris was voted by owners as the UK’s most reliable used purchase, with a 99.1% reliability rating. Only nine per cent of Yaris owners reported a fault with their vehicle to What Car?, with small electrical niggles most common.

The Lexus CT and Audi Q3 came second and third.

At the other end of the reliability spectrum, the previous generation BMW 1 Series was voted as the least reliable motor in the UK, with a score of 40.1%. Nearly two-thirds of 1 Series owners said their vehicle suffered a fault, with battery and engine problems most common – and repairs costing up to £1,500. The Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai came second and third.

Across all vehicles, nearly a third of owners told What Car? their car had suffered a fault, with suspension issues most common. However, 22% of owners said the manufacturer picked up the repair bill under warranty.   

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said, ‘Reliability is often at the forefront of any vehicle purchase. With nearly eight million used vehicles sold last year, there is huge scope for things to go wrong. By shining a light on the reliability of various makes and models, we hope to help buyers make the right decision when choosing their next used purchase.’