Most reliable cars 2022

There's a lot to be said for a car that doesn't let you down or cost a fortune in repair bills. We've rounded up the top 10 most reliable cars, according to the latest Honest John Satisfaction Index. 

As part of our Satisfaction Index, we asked readers to rate their cars for reliability out of 10, with more than 5,000 taking part in our survey. These are the models which performed the best, meaning they’re unlikely to leave you stranded on the side of the motorway.

Whether you're looking for a new or used car, reliability should be a key consideration. Read on to discover the most reliable cars you can buy in the UK today.

 Most reliable cars



Hyundai Ioniq

Reliability average score: 9.93

Backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq, is a dependable family car which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure EV. It was seventh in last year's listing with a score of 9.79 and also features in this year's top 10 most comfortable cars. 

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review

Volkswagen T-Roc 

Reliability average score: 9.90 readers rate the Volkswagen T-Roc highly - it topped the table for the most comfortable cars in this year's Satisfaction Index and is proving reliable too, with a near perfect score of 9.90. Being a Volkswagen the T-Roc is well built and feels reassuringly solid and stable on the road. The interior is well finished, the infotainment is excellent and there's lots of tech available.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc review

Dacia Sandero (2013-2021)

Reliability average score: 9.90 readers don't just rate the Dacia Sandero as a reliable car, it also features in the the top 10 most practical cars and Dacia as a whole made it into the top 10 most reliable car brands and topped the satisfaction table in this year's Index. 

Read our full Dacia Sandero (2013 - 2021) review

SEAT Leon (2013-2020)

Reliability average score: 9.86

The third generation SEAT Leon shares the same base as the Volkswagen Golf and on the road it is good to drive with sporty handling and good agility. Inside, the fit, finish and attention to detail is as good as the Golf and better than many other cars in this sector. Although there's a newer Leon, this one is obviously proving dependable with a 9.86 rating from owners. 

Read our full SEAT Leon (2013 - 2020) review

Mazda CX-5

Reliability average score: 9.83

The Mazda CX-5 is a classy offering in a competitive sector. It manages to combine good looks - with its pronounced grille and tapered headlights - with being entertaining to drive. It isn't letting many drivers down either with a reliability score of 9.83 in this year's Satisfaction Index and it also scored well for comfort. Overall, it was rated one of the best cars in the SUVs and small SUVs category.  

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review

Volkswagen Tiguan 

Reliability average score: 9.83 

This is the second Volkswagen to feature in the top 10 most reliable cars in this year's Honest John Satisfaction Index, with the T-Roc at number two. The manufacturer is the only car brand to have more than one car make it into the top 10 for reliability. We found it difficult to fault the Tiguan - it’s easy to drive, family-friendly and affordable to run, and although it's pricier than rivals owners benefit from a good level of technology and equipment. readers also rate it highly for practicality. 

Read our full Volkswagen Tiguan review

Honda Jazz (2015-2020)

Reliability average score: 9.82

This version of the Honda Jazz continues to be one of the most reliable cars, upping its rating of 9.76 last year to 9.82 this year. It also came top for practicality while Honda itself was named one of the most reliable car brands. Owners appreciate the Jazz's 'magic seats' which can flip or fold to create more space, spacious interior and high quality finish. 

Read our full Honda Jazz (2015 - 2020) review

Lexus NX (2014-2021)

Reliability average score: 9.82

Lexus was rated the most reliable car brand in this year's Satisfaction Index and here the previous generation NX scores a very impressive 9.82. As you would expect from Toyota's luxury brand, the NX is a high quality product with a luxurious feel to the interior. Owners also consider it a very comfortable car, with a high score for ride comfort in this year's Index too. 

Readour full Lexus NX (2014 - 2021) review

Toyota Yaris (2011-2020)

Reliability average score: 9.79

If you want a dependable small car that's to cheap to run then the Toyota Yaris is more than up to the job, with a reliability rating of 9.79 in this year's Satisfaction Index. Toyota as brand continues to uphold its reputation for reliability, making into the top five of this year's Index.  

Read our full Toyota Yaris (2011 - 2020) review

Kia Sportage (2016-2021)

Reliability average score: 9.77

The Kia Sportage is being replaced with an all-new model. But that hasn't stopped owners from raving about the outgoing car, with consistently high scores for reliability. Factor in Kia's seven-year warranty and it's easy to see why the Sportage is such a hit with family car buyers.

Read our full Kia Sportage (2016 - 2021) review

Which car is the most reliable in the UK?

According to over 5,000 Honest John readers, the Hyundai Ioniq is the most reliable car you can buy in the UK. You can buy the Hyundai Ioniq as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car, making it the perfect choice for city-friendly motoring. Owners are generally very happy with the Hyundai Ioniq, while the five-year, unlimited mileage warranty adds extra peace of mind. 

What's the most reliable cheap car?

If you're looking for a reliable, cheap car, then it has to be the Dacia Sandero. A real bargain, it finished third in our rundown of the most reliable cars.

Ask HJ

Which small Automatic SUV should I buy for £10,000?

I have a budget of £10,000 to buy a very reliable, small automatic SUV which will be used for about 40 miles daily commute. This will be mainly for commuting to work and dropping off the kids in school. What do you recommend?
Your budget will get you a circa 2009 Toyota RAV4 with a 150PS petrol engine and an automatic gearbox. Very reliable cars, don't feel as bulky to drive as other SUVs and have loads of room inside. Find out more in our review:
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