Best cars to own 2022

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

Drivers were asked to evaluate their cars in a number of key areas, including comfort, reliability, fuel economy, cost of repair and ease of use.

Owners also rated their cars for practicality, handling and performance. These are the 10 cars that were top of the class, based on feedback from 5,000 drivers with a minimum of 20 Satisfaction Index submissions per model.  

 Best cars to own



Hyundai Ioniq

Satisfaction rating: 95.7%

The Hyundai Ioniq takes the top spot for the Honest John Satisfaction Index for the second year in a row. Drivers of the electric and hybrid models were full of praise for the Ioniq, with high scores for ease of use, comfort and practicality. The Ioniq also scored highly for reliability with its 9.93 out of 10 being the highest rating of any car in the entire index.

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review

Volkswagen T-Roc

Satisfaction rating: 93.7%

The Volkswagen T-Roc takes second place with an impressive score of 93.7 per cent. Owners praised the T-Roc for its reliability, ride comfort and ease of use. Volkswagen's SUV also scored maximum points for safety, which explains why it is the go-to vehicle for so many family car buyers. 

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc review

Mazda CX-5

Satisfaction rating: 93%

It was a strong showing from the Mazda CX-5 in the latest Honest John Satisfaction Index. The CX-5 is the best-rated car for road handling in this list with an average score of 9.58 out of 10, while drivers also gave high scores for safety and ease of use. The only blot on the report card is fuel economy, with owners ranking the CX-5 8.0 out of 10.  

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review

Dacia Sandero (2013-2021)

Satisfaction rating: 92.6%

Proof that you don't need to spend big to get a satisfying hatchback, the previous-gen Dacia Sandero - sold from 2013 to 2021 - takes third place with a brilliant 92.6 per cent. The Sandero was ranked as one of the UK's most dependable cars with a reliability score of 9.9 out of 10, while owners also hailed the Dacia for its affordable repair costs and all-round practicality. 

Read our full Dacia Sandero (2013 - 2021) review

Skoda Kodiaq

Satisfaction rating: 92.5%

Popular with family car buyers, the Skoda Kodiaq has the highest rating for practicality of any car in this list, notching up an average of 9.76 out of 10. The Kodiaq gets top marks for safety, which is also reflected in its five star Euro NCAP score. Skoda's SUV also gets exceptionally high scores for reliability and road handling.  

Read our full Skoda Kodiaq review

Honda CR-V

Satisfaction rating: 92.5%

We are big fans of the practical and comfortable Honda CR-V. And it appears that we are not alone, with drivers raving about the Honda's ease of use, ride comfort and all-round usability. The CR-V was marked down slightly for fuel economy (8.0 out of 10) but generally owners are extremely satisfied with Honda's SUV, which is reflected in its impressive 92.5 per cent overall score. 

Read our full Honda CR-V review

Skoda Superb Estate

Satisfaction rating: 92.2%

The Superb Estate is praised for its huge boot, comfortable interior and high levels of standard safety equipment. Drivers also rate the Superb highly for its road performance, handling and in-car tech. When it comes to all-important reliability the Superb Estate notches up an excellent 9.54 out of 10.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review

Volkswagen Tiguan

Satisfaction rating: 92.2%

The Volkswagen Tiguan gets positive scores from owners, who praise its ease of use, practically and in-car tech. The Tiguan is also praised for its reliability (9.83 out of 10). But it falters slightly with lower scores for ride comfort and road handling. 

Read our full Volkswagen Tiguan review

BMW 3 Series Touring (2012-2019)

Satisfaction rating: 91.8%

Are you looking for a used premium estate car? Look no further than the BMW 3 Series Touring. It might have been phased out in 2019 for an all-new model but it is still drawing the plaudits from owners. BMW's executive estate gets 9.62 (out of 10) for reliability, while owners also give high scores for handling and performance. 

Read our full BMW 3 Series Touring (2012 - 2019) review

Toyota Corolla

Satisfaction rating: 91.6%

Last but by no means least is the excellent Toyota Corolla. Owners say they love the Corolla's fuel economy, reliability and ease of use. The Corolla also gets consistently high scores for safety, comfort and in-car tech. Little wonder, perhaps, the Corolla is one of Toyota's best-selling cars in the UK. 

Read our full Toyota Corolla 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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