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REVEALED: THE top 10 most and least reliable second-hand cars in the UK, 2019

BMW 1-Series was crowned the least reliable second-hand car in the United Kingdom in 2019, according to new research looking at the dependability of older cars. The 2004 – 2011 BMW 1 Series achieved a reliability score of just 40.1%, while the 2008-12 Ford Kuga was the second least reliable second-hand car in the UK, with a score of 44.2%.

Toyota Yaris was the most reliable second-hand car in the United Kingdom, 2019. The supermini, which received a 99.1% reliability rating, was joined in the top three by the Lexus CT (98.8%) and the previous-generation Audi Q3 (96.5%)

To identify the top ten most and least reliable second-hand cars in the United Kingdom, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed research published by WhatCar. More than 18,000 drivers with vehicles aged between four and 10 years old took part in the study. The following list showcases the top ten least reliable second-hand cars in the UK, 2019.

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Top 10 least reliable second-hand cars in the UK in 2019

  1. BMW 1 Series (2004 – 2011) – reliability rating: 40.1%
  2. Ford Kuga (2008 – 2012) – reliability rating: 44.2%
  3. Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2013) – reliability rating: 55.4%
  4. Vauxhall Astra (2004 – 2009) – reliability rating: 58.3%
  5. Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017) – reliability rating: 58.3%
  6. Ford Focus (2004 – 2010) – reliability rating: 59.0%
  7. Volkswagen Passat diesel (2005 – 2015) – reliability rating: 59.9%
  8. Land Rover Discovery (2004 – 2017) – reliability rating: 60.3%
  9. BMW 5 Series (2003 – 2010) – reliability rating: 60.8%
  10. Renault Clio (2005 – 2012) – reliability rating: 62.6%


Top 10 most reliable second-hand cars in the UK in 2019

  1. Toyota Yaris (2011 –present) – reliability rating: 99.1%
  2. Lexus CT (2011 – present) – reliability rating: 98.8%
  3. Audi Q3 diesel (2011 – 2018) – reliability rating: 96.5%
  4. Mitsubishi ASX (2010 – present) – reliability rating: 96.3%
  5. Seat Leon (2013 – present) – reliability rating: 95.9%
  6. Lexus RX (2009 – 2016) – reliability rating: 95.4%
  7. Honda Civic diesel (2012 – 2017) – reliability rating: 95.0%
  8. Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018) – reliability rating: 94.6%
  9. Honda Jazz (2008 – 2015) – reliability rating: 94.2%
  10. Volkswagen Touareg (2010 – 2018) – reliability rating: 94.1%


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