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10 most reliable city cars revealed

By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:25

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Peugeot 107 emerges as the most reliable option

Which city cars can bring a smile to the faces of beleaguered commuters?

Rail journey satisfaction throughout the UK dropped to a low point of 81 per cent in autumn 2014, with punctuality and value for money proving to be the main gripes. However, the canny urbanite may find that getting behind the wheel of a city car is going to be a more convenient, sanity-saving, and cost-effective alternative.

In response to this stastic, Warranty Direct has compiled a list of the most dependable city cars that won’t cost the earth to run or let their owners down, whether darting through congested city streets or zipping along faster roads.

Analysing its 50,000 live policies, they measured overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost to come up with ten of the most sensible options for motorists looking to cut their costs… because driver enjoyment should never get in the way of cold, hard, stats.

Top ten rated city cars

(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Make and Model (Year) Reliability Index
Largest Repair Bill
Peugeot 107 (05) 19 £763.88
Citroen C1 (05) 22 £1030
Kia Picanto (04) 27 £724
Volkswagen Lupo (99-05) 31 £486.75
Toyota Aygo (05) 32 £976.05
Volkswagen Fox (06-12) 44 £1144.28
Ford KA (96-09) 48 £1226.38
Smart ForTwo (07) 53 £918.89
Fiat Panda (04) 56 £1345.44
Chevrolte Matiz (05) 65 £319.60


Perhaps surprisingly, the trendy Fiat 500 fell into the bottom five category, while Fiat’s older Panda model performed well, finishing ninth. Those looking to make a style statement may prefer to look at Smart’s ForTwo, as the 2007 onwards model put in a strong showing.

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented: “With growing concerns about the rising cost of public transport and the inconvenience caused by strike action, choosing a reliable city car instead could be a wise move.

“In the past decade, these small cars have grown up and are now more advanced and efficient than ever before. However, some small cars have given their owners cause for concern with high repair bills so be careful with your selection.”

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  • Katy says...February 21, 2015 (15:41)

    Peugeots are poop! Viva la Picanto!