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Five most reliable family cars in the UK

It’s perfectly natural to have a long list of ‘wants’ and ‘must-haves’ when you’re in the market for a new car. After all, it’s a big investment, and a choice you’re likely to have to stick by for several years. 

When it’s time to choose your next family car, you’ll probably be keeping an eye out for all the latest safety features. There’s handling to consider, and you’ll certainly want a cabin that feels cosy and comfortable. For some of us, a head-turning exterior could also be a bonus. 

Reliability is also one of the most important factors when it comes to car buying, and is something that could have significant implications further down the line. 

Fortunately, there are many models out there that score impressively on their reliability. Once a year, WhatCar? conducts a survey[1] among UK drivers to discover which car models seem to be the most reliable. 

Here’s their top five most reliable family car models for 2019: 

5. Skoda Octavia – 97.3% reliable

Skoda has really hit the mark with the ever-popular Octavia. Thanks to its comparatively small dimensions for a family car, the Octavia is economical to run, and there’s still plenty of boot space to take advantage of. With a 97.3% reliability score, it’s a car you can count on to take you from A to B on your family journeys. 

4. Kia Ceed – 97.4% reliable

This sporty hatchback is a firm family favourite, and its maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety test score is one of many reasons why. Though the model is no longer in production, there are some bargains to be found on second-hand models, and with a reliability score of 97.4%, you can be confident that you’ve invested a car that’s up to the task. 

3. Hyundai i30 – 97.7% reliable

The Hyundai i30 is the small family car flagship from the leading South Korean manufacturer. Now in its third iteration, the i30 has become an increasingly common sight on UK roads since it first landed in 2007, with each version being more aesthetically refined and technologically advanced than the last. With a 97.7% reliability score, it certainly performs impressively, too. 

2. Toyota Auris – 98.2%

Toyota has been trusted by millions of British drivers over the last few decades, and their range of family cars are some of the most in-demand on the market. Leading the pack is the small and fuss-free Auris, which certainly packs a punch. The latest iteration features an impressive list of intelligent functions that make driving more straightforward than ever, and this is confirmed by its 98.2% reliability score. 

1. Skoda Rapid – 99.4%

Leaving all others in its wake, the Skoda Rapid ranks as Britain’s most reliable family car for 2019. While it may not be quite as popular as some of the other models on this list, there’s plenty to celebrate about the Rapid, including its clever dimensions that combine the appearance of a saloon with the added practicality of a hatchback. The Rapis is perfect for parents looking for something that works around the family, while still having plenty of road presence. With an impressive 99.4% reliability score, this is a car you can trust. 

Once you’ve settled on a reliable family car, you’ll need insurance you can count on, too. To see what our comprehensive cover can do for you, get a Rias quote today.