Most new cars tend to be sold based on their looks and claimed performance figures, few people consider what the ownership experience will be like a few years down the line. Yet for most, a vehicle’s reliability is going to have a far bigger impact on their lives than they might imagine. 

The average British car on the road is eight-years-old which means it is no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and has most likely already been replaced by a newer model.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that your average UK driver is sitting on a mechanical time-bomb- most cars can go on for years if properly cared for-but it does make their reliability ratings far more important the older they get. 

With this in mind, we took a look at a variety of used cars and put together a selection of affordable cars that have shown themselves to be the most reliable out there.