Best cars to own 2024

These are the best cars to own, according to the latest Honest John Satisfaction Index. 

Each year, asks drivers to share their experiences and provide real-world feedback on what life is really like with their cars. 

According to feedback from 6,000 people, these are the top 10 cars for owner satisfaction. Owners rated their cars in a number of important areas that include practicality, reliability, comfort and performance. 

 Best cars to own



Hyundai Tucson

Satisfaction rating: 96.64%

The Hyundai Tucson is the UK's best car for owner satisfaction, notching up an impressive average of 96.64 per cent. Owners say the latest Tucson SUV is comfortable, practical, easy to use and great to drive. The Tucson is well built, too, with owners giving it 9.96 out of 10 for reliability - one of the highest scores in this year's Index. 

Read our full Hyundai Tucson review

Kia XCeed

Satisfaction rating: 96.40%

Good to drive, cheap to run and backed by a seven-year/100,000 miles warranty, the Kia XCeed misses out on the top spot by the smallest of margins. Owners praise the XCeed for its build quality and in-car tech. Kia's crossover also received maximum points for safety. If you are looking for a dependable and comfortable family car, the XCeed is unlikely to disappoint. 

Read our full Kia XCeed review

Hyundai Ioniq

Satisfaction rating: 94.55%

The Hyundai Ioniq has enjoyed a lot of success in the Honest John Satisfaction Index (being rated as the UK's best car in 2020 and 2021). However, its average score is one per cent lower than in 2021 and this has seen the model drop to third place in the list of best cars. That said, the Ioniq is still highly rated, with drivers praising the car for its ease of use, comfort and build quality. 

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review

Hyundai Kona Electric

Satisfaction rating: 94.14%

It's a strong performance from the electric version of the Hyundai Kona, with owners applauding its reliability and performance. The Kona's in-car tech, such as its touchscreen, is also given high praise with drivers saying it's user-friendly. The Kona Electric is marked down slightly for road comfort, but owners say they are generally satisfied with their Hyundai ownership experience. 

Read our full Hyundai Kona Electric review

Kia e-Niro (2018 - 2022)

Satisfaction rating: 94.09%

The Kia e-Niro shares a lot of its tech with the Hyundai Kona Electric, which probably explains why its owner satisfaction scores are similar. That said, there are some slight differences in the average scores, with e-Niro owners saying the Kia is more practical with a more accessible boot. 

Read our full Kia e-Niro (2018 - 2022) review

Dacia Sandero 

Satisfaction rating: 93.99%

The latest Dacia Sandero is an affordable hatchback that delivers a first-class ownership experience when it comes to practicality, comfort and reliability. The Sandero gets 9.65 out of 10 for practicality but is marked down slightly for fuel economy with an average score of 9.00 out of 10. That said, owners say they are very impressed with the Sandero's build quality, ease of use and in-car technology. 

Read our full Dacia Sandero review

Skoda Superb

Satisfaction rating: 93.95%

Drivers rate the Skoda Superb highly for its road performance, handling and in-car tech. When it comes to all-important build quality, the Superb notches up 9.95 out of 10, which puts the Skoda into the top 10 cars for reliability. The Superb is also praised for its huge boot and comfortable cabin, with the only blot on the report card being 8.70 out of 10 for fuel costs. 

Read our full Skoda Superb review

Skoda Fabia Estate (2015 - 2022)

Satisfaction rating: 93.59%

If you are looking for a practical, comfortable and reliable hatch then you will probably need a Skoda Fabia Estate. This compact little car has 530-litres of boot space with the rear seats upright, expanding to a van-like 1395 litres when you lower the rear bench. Owners also praise the Fabia Estate for its easy driver dynamics and user-friendly in-car tech. 

Read our full Skoda Fabia Estate (2015 - 2022) review

Toyota RAV4

Satisfaction rating: 93.43%

Cheap to run, easy to drive and extremely reliable, the latest Toyota RAV4 achieves an impressive average of 93.43 per cent in the latyest Honest John Satisfaction Index. It's a remarkable turnaround for Toyota's SUV, with the old RAV4 being ranked among the 10 worst cars for owner satisfaction. 

Read our full Toyota RAV4 review

Dacia Duster

Satisfaction rating: 93.38%

Dacia is one of the best vehicle brands for owner satisfaction, with drivers praising the Renault-backed carmaker for its affordable pricing structure and excellent build quality. The Duster has a reliability average score of 9.86 out of 10. Owners also say the Duster is comfortable and practical.

Read our full Dacia Duster review

Ask HJ

Honda Civic - should I trade it in for something newer or run it into the ground?

I own a 2015 Honda Civic. It is in a high spec with just 27,000 miles on the clock. It is the best car I have ever owned. With the current inflated prices for used cars, is now the right time to part exchange? I am considering a Toyota Yaris Hybrid 2021 model. My conundrum is to run the Civic until it is no longer road worthy, which will take many, many years or to part exchange now?
There's plenty of life left in your Honda Civic so it might be worth holding off for the new Civic which arrives later this year: It'll be very similar to the Civic you own (and, by the sounds of it, love), but gets hybrid power, an updated infotainment system and more interior space. Having said that, we rate the latest Yaris – it's smart looking, reasonably practical for its size and gets brilliant fuel economy. It'll be also more than £5000 cheaper than the new Civic. Yaris review, here: New car prices are inflated, but so are the prices dealers are willing to pay for used models. You'll have to do your own calculations to know if the two balance out in your case.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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