LOW MAINTENANCE runarounds are perfect to help keep down the record-high prices of motoring today.
Based on real car owners’ experiences in its Driver Power survey, Auto Express has put together the top 10 most reliable city motors.
The first-generation i20 models go as far back as 2009, which is quite a feat considering it made the top 10.
It’s the only car in the list, though, to not hit the 90 per cent mark.
Over 90 per cent of Fiat Panda owners had no reliability issues in the past 12 months, despite the Mk3 first coming to market in 2011.
The main area of concern for the town motor was its suspension.
Britain’s favourite car is only the eighth most dependable, although a 90-plus approval is still something to shout about.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest issue with the Ford was the engine, following a recent fire risk warning from the manufacturer.
A quarter of Note owners reported a fault in the survey.
However, the issues were minor leaving the Nissan well within the top 10 most reliable city cars.
Top 10 most reliable small cars
- Skoda Fabia Mk2 – 92.63%
- Renault Clio Mk4 – 92.23%
- Honda Jazz Mk2 – 92.22%
- Toyota Yaris Mk3 – 91.92%
- Kia Piacnto Mk2 – 90.96%
- Volkswagen up! Mk1 – 90.48%
- Nissan Note Mk1 – 90.25%
- Ford Fiesta Mk6 – 90.03%
- Fiat Panda Mk3 – 90.02%
- Hyundai i20 Mk2 – 88.68%
High servicing costs stunted the the up!’s reliability score, but only 7.1 per cent of owners surveyed reported problems – the fewest in the top 10.
Those who did have issues listed the engine, suspension and brakes as areas for concern.
Entering the top five is one of the cheapest cars on the list, Kia’s Picanto.
The second-generation model was on sale from 2011-2017.
Engine and gearbox problems stopped the Yaris short of reaching the top three most dependable motors.
It’s worth noting, though, the Mk3 has been on sale for over seven years now.
Only 0.01% separated the Jazz from a bronze and silver medal – impressive given the Mk2 was available from 2011 to 2015.
It’s the best in class for space, but with the disadvantage of being quite pricey.
A French car takes second-place in a reliability contest – va va voom indeed.
A fifth of owners reported problems for the Clio, but they were relatively minor issues.
And so, the most dependable small car has been crowned as the Skoda Fabia.
Owners lodged issues with the brakes, but it still received glowing feedback.
You can also buy a brand new model from under £13,000.