With Christmas and New Year’s Eve in sight, it’s time to reflect on the year that’s passed by taking a look at a few of the standout vehicles from 2022. So, here at RAW2K, we’ve put together a list of the most reliable cars of the last 12 months, so you can use it as a reference point when shopping for your next personal vehicle (a few of which you might be able to find right here on our online car auctions!).
No.5 - Toyota Aygo
Toyota has seen a real resurgence here in the UK over the last few years, and that’s in no small part down to the fact that they’ve rolled out some unbelievably reliable vehicles of late. The Aygo is one such vehicle - this little city car boasts impressively low average repair and running costs, as well as cheap insurance rates. If you’re searching for a particularly reliable model, look for the second-generation Aygo, which was launched in 2014 and updated in 2018. Sadly, this plucky little car was discontinued in early 2022 to be replaced by the slightly larger Toyota Aygo X.
No.4 - Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 has long been heralded as one of the best handling, reasonably priced cars that you can purchase. If you’re looking for a sports star car without the sports star price tag, then you won’t go far wrong with the MX-5. The model has a respectable Whatcar? reliability rating of 95.1%, and earlier models can be purchased from prices as low as £1,500! Looking for a recommended model? The third-generation of the Mazda MX-5 adds builds on the foundations laid out by the previous two, providing a roomier, more refined roadster experience.
No.3 - Toyota Auris
Another entry on our list for the giant Japanese manufacturer! This one is available in both petrol and hybrid engine options, and the hybrid offers MPG in the seventies if driven carefully. Yes, we’ll hold our hands up and say that the repair costs for this vehicle are a bit higher, but the reliability of the vehicle means that it’s not very likely that you’ll have to pay them. So, it’s up to you how you weigh up the pros and cons! From an interior perspective, there’s a decent amount of space inside, a good amount of headroom, and a very practically sized boot, so there are quite a few good reasons to consider an Auris.
No.2 - Hyundai i10
This popular little city car was worked out to have an average repair cost of only £147.25 based on the same models that the Prius was measured against. The i10 finished 6th in the WhatCar Reliability Survey 2021, and also comes with Hyundai’s 5 year/unlimited mileage warranty, plus 12 months of roadside assistance should any problems arise. Cheap, small, and reliable, the i10 really is the perfect city car. For these reasons, the Hyundai i10 grabs the silver medal position on our list.
No.1 - Toyota Yaris
We present our winner - the Toyota Yaris has been consistently named as one of the cheapest cars to repair for years. Its small size and limited features mean there are physically fewer things to go wrong in the vehicle, bringing the overall average repair cost down to roughly £186.70 according to the WhatCar Reliability Index. So the Yaris takes top spot on our list – somewhat unsurprising, given that Toyota finished fifth in the 2021 What Car Reliability Survey, which included 30 of the world’s leading car manufacturers!
It’s far more important to consider more than just the price of a car when you’re looking for a new one. On top of the upfront cost, repairs and insurance need to be considered as well. By choosing a reliable runner, you may find you save yourself a lot of money (as well as headaches) in the future!
So, whether you’re a mechanic or a private driver, we specialise in providing you with the best bargains on used vehicles. Our online car auctions are refreshed on a daily and weekly basis, and we include makes and models available from some of the world’s leading manufacturers, like Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, and many more. Why not take a look around, and see what you can find? There’s always a bargain to be found!