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5 of the most reliable family cars


No one wants to buy a car that spends more time in the garage than on the road. See our list of reliable family cars that won’t let you down.

Honda Jazz

Some car manufacturers are more popular than others for their reliability. But in reality, many successful brands have had their fair share of untrustworthy models too.

Reliability Index

Our list of family cars is based on data from the latest annual Reliability Index report by Warranty Direct.

The index takes into account a vehicle’s age, mileage, repair costs and typical failure rate in order to produce an overall reliability score. We’ll also look at the average repair cost for each car.

According to the report, the most costly car is the Honda S2000 with £707.06 average repair cost, while the cheapest is the Vauxhall Agile with £74.43.

So, if you’re in the market for a new family motor, stick around and see our list of cars that won’t let you down.

Citroën C3 Picasso

Citroen C3 picasso

The French made C3 is a substantial step up from its predecessors, the C1 and C2. It’s a practical car with pleasing-to-the-eye looks.

Inside, the model offers great views of the road ahead thanks to a raised driving position and it’s surprisingly spacious, without looking bulky on the outside.

The car delivers plenty of leg room for all passengers, as well as nice extras such as a reverse parking sensor and glazed roof. The study found that the average repair cost for the C3 Picasso is £295.58.

Combine this with the actual price of the car, and you’ll get one really good motor.

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Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

Honda’s Jazz is a brilliant example of a highly reliable, small family car. It actually sits at the top of our list for both lowest average repair costs (£202.53) and the least average time spent off the road for repairs (1.27 hours).

The car itself probably won’t be winning any beauty contests, but it’s fun and grippy behind the wheel.

The Jazz handles most types of road well, soaking up any lumps and bumps with ease. Meanwhile, the car’s interior creates a soothing atmosphere by blocking out road and wind noise.

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Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

The 3008 is a sturdy crossover that any driver would enjoy taking out for a spin at the weekend. It does well on long distances as well as around the city.

If you feel adventurous, the model offers enough space in its practical interior to fit the bits and pieces most families accumulate.

The Peugeot 3008 can easily stand up to other crossovers. It’s easy to drive and surprisingly nimble on the road.

The conventional Peugeot is a trustworthy car that delivers a good punch, soaking up the UK’s pothole-ridden roads particularly well. It’s also very fuel efficient, squeezing 74mpg.

Warranty Direct’s research showed that the average repair cost is £171.10.  Overall you can’t go wrong with a used Peugeot 3008.

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Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia

Apart from it being a reliable car, it’s also one of the safest on the market, holding a maximum rating of five-stars from the Euro NCAP. The Fabia is a rigid, medium-sized family car that’s often compared to the Ford Fiesta.

However, the five-door supermini has plenty of character, handles roads well and, on the motorway, the noise is kept to a minimum.

If it’s not the first Skoda that you’ve sat in, then you won’t be surprised by the interior. It remains sturdy and minimal, well screwed together, and offers plenty of leg and head room, even for the passengers at the back.

The average repair cost for this one is estimated at £183.31.

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Nissan Note

Nissan Note

Some drivers refer to the Nissan Note as “just a big Micra”, and they could be right. Despite the visual similarities, the Note has its own distinctive character which has helped make it one of Nissan’s best-selling motors.

The British-built Note is a reliable car with plenty of safety equipment, making it many parents’ first choice vehicle. It’s relatively spacious with an impressive 437 litre boot, which expands when you fold the rear seats flat.

Behind the wheel, driving is versatile and, for its size, the Note takes sharp corners with ease. The Japanese car maker has gone above and beyond to create an economical, practical car that won’t disappoint.

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