Top 10 most reliable cars 2022
We detail the 10 most reliable cars on sale today, so read on to find out which models you can depend on most.
When buying a new car, reliability is likely to be a very important consideration. Owning a car that frequently breaks down is inconvenient, frustrating and can be potentially expensive. The most reliable cars, on the other hand, tend to be much more satisfying to own.
It’s no longer as easy as it was before to work on your own car, and fixes can be costly, so choosing a reliable modern car is important if you want to avoid nasty surprises. The benefit to the ever-more complicated systems used in modern cars are that they make them easy to live with and more economical on fuel.
Continual improvements to technology in newer cars is nothing to fear, if our Driver Power manufacturer results are anything to go by. According to owners, the most sophisticated, technologically advanced cars, such as hybrid and range-topping SUVs, are some of the most reliable cars on the road.
Every year, thousands of drivers tell us what they really think about the cars they own with the Driver Power survey. We then collate the information they give, which enables us to provide you with our list of the most reliable new cars to buy. This information is incredibly useful if you’re in the market for a car, helping you avoid the models most likely to suffer from problems.
Buyers of brand new cars often expect them to perform flawlessly when they arrive, but even owners of models that finished in our top 10 reported some faults in the first year of ownership. Most serious faults tend to appear after a car has been on the road for three years, which makes Kia’s-five year and Hyundai’s seven-year warranties attractive, and will cover you whether you buy a brand new model or a recent used one with some years left on it.
These are the results of our Driver Power survey for the most reliable new cars to own. If you’re after a specific body style, check out our guides to the most reliable SUVs and most reliable small cars.
The Skoda Kodiaq really impressed its owners in terms of reliability, coming on top with a score of 97.19 per cent. As well as coming first in the reliability subcategory, it also came first for quality, so the Kodiaq has really done its best to show owners it’s a highly dependable large SUV.
Practicality is an area where you’d expect a Skoda to shine, and it’s clear that the Kodiaq doesn’t disappoint owners in this regard, coming top of this category thanks to its immense boot space and storage. It came sixth in the overall top 75 cars to own which is impressive, although its little brother the Karoq came in ahead at fifth as a smaller, more affordable option with better fuel economy.
Hyundai’s Kona small SUV won the top spot in the 75 top cars to own, according to owners. A big contribution to its success was its 95.71 per cent score for reliability. Owners reported great-quality fit and finish and there were no real faults to speak of. The Hyundai Kona thoroughly impresses owners with its ride and handling, and it won the top spot in this category.
While these surveys suggest you’re unlikely to have any issues to report, Hyundai’s five-year unlimited-mileage warranty is a strong selling point that offers even more peace of mind. We found that one downside to the Kona was its small boot, and this sentiment was shared by owners, who didn’t rate practicality and space as well as other categories. Apart from this, the Kona scored consistently highly in other areas.
The Mazda CX-5 has earned a podium finish for reliability, coming in third place with an impressive rating of 95.64 per cent, according to owners. Owners also appreciated the high quality fit and finish of the interior, and the CX-5 came on top for exterior styling too, proving itself the most handsome car on the market, in their opinion.
Mazda is famous for its fun-to-drive MX-5 sports car, and some of this driver-focused engineering must have worked its way into the CX-5, too. We found the CX-5 to be a great car to drive despite its big SUV size, so it’s a great option for a buyer used to smaller, more agile hatchbacks who doesn’t want to miss out on the fun. Granted, it’s not as spacious as some rivals, but owners seem to love the CX-5, putting it in third place overall in the top 75 best cars to own.
With Toyota usually taking some of the top spots for reliability it’s a surprise to see that’s not the case this time around. Thankfully, Toyota’s premium sub-brand Lexus has secured fourth place with the Lexus NX, with owners rating it 95.04 per cent for reliability. Lexus’ reputation for reliability as a brand is impressive, with only nine per cent of owners reporting faults with their vehicles.
This dependability, as well as wins in the ‘interior and comfort’ and ‘safety features’ categories earn the NX the top spot for ‘best premium mid-size SUV’ and is the 13th-best car to own, according to the survey. Owners also consistently find the Lexus dealership experience the best of all manufacturers, although it was more recently beaten by Porsche for the first time in years.
The Volkswagen T-Roc comes fifth in this list with owners scoring it 95.02 per cent for reliability. With Skoda and Volkswagen cars rating highly in this list, Volkswagen Group has shown it knows how to make a dependable car. Owners also praised the comfortable seats, neatly styled interior and good infotainment system.
Interestingly, though, overall ownership satisfaction scores for the Karoq and Kodiaq from Volkswagen’s more budget-friendly Skoda brand were actually much better than for the T-Roc, which came 24th overall with a score of 88.89 per cent. Owners reported that the ride isn’t as comfortable as in some rivals, and steering and braking weren’t as responsive as they would have liked.
With owners rating reliability for the Skoda Karoq at 94.97 per cent, it comes in at sixth place in the most reliable cars in this list. While its bigger brother, the Kodiaq, pipped the top spot for reliability, the Karoq actually beat it in the ownership survey, taking fifth place overall.
Although the Kodiaq took first place in two other categories, the Karoq was more consistent in its ratings across the board, resulting in a better placing overall. Fuel economy and better-sounding engines were things owners preferred about the Karoq, and its generous amount of included safety systems were considered easy to use and worked well.
French cars aren’t known for their reliability, but that might be a slightly outdated stereotype. A case in point is the Peugeot 2008, which scored 94.53 per cent for reliability in the Driver Power survey, making it the seventh-most-reliable car, as rated by owners. Overall, the 2008 came 12th for ownership satisfaction, meaning it is well recommended by buyers.
Among the aspects that 2008 owners praised about their cars were its striking exterior design and build quality, cheap running costs, and good-to-drive engine and gearbox. Sadly, the 2008 missed out on the win for best small SUV, but the Hyundai Kona was simply too difficult to beat, according to owners.
The Kia Rio is another Korean car that has impressed owners with its reliability, achieving a score of 94.48 per cent, so if you’re looking for a dependable supermini, it likely won’t let you down.
The Kia Rio also won best infotainment system, as determined by car owners, largely thanks to the balance of physical and on-screen buttons making it easy to use. It was also voted the best car in the supermini class, beating a host of big-name rivals including the Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa, which is a great achievement. Impressively, it also came in second place in the top 75 cars to own overall, so owners are pretty satisfied with the Kia Rio.
With two Kias in this list of most reliable cars, the Korean brand has demonstrated that its cars are highly dependable for owners. Reliability is one of the main strengths of the Kia Ceed, coming in ninth place for the most reliable cars in 2021 with a 94.35 per cent rating. It also placed 17th in the top 75 cars overall and was rated by owners as the best small family car, beating the Toyota Corolla that topped the class last time around.
The Kia Ceed is also considered great value and has better safety features and a nicer interior than many other cars in its class, according to owners. It’s not perfect, however, with owners criticising noisy engines and less-than-smooth gearboxes, but the overall driving experience was praised, with good ride quality a highlight.
According to your experiences, the Volvo XC40 is very dependable. A 94.2 per cent reliability score means it comes in 10th place, and owners should enjoy generally trouble-free motoring. Volvo consistently appears in lists for most reliable cars across their model range, and with only a fifth of Volvo owners reporting any faults, it’s safe to say the brand is pretty dependable.
Not only did it make the charts in terms of reliability and build quality, perhaps unsurprisingly for a Volvo the XC40 also came in top four for its safety features. The XC40 was also ranked second best for practicality and space, and was rated highly for its interior and comfort. According to the most recent Driver Power survey, there is no better small premium SUV to own than the XC40, and its eighth-place total position (out of the top 75 cars) is highly commendable.
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