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Buying a car can be a stressful business. Which car is the most efficient, which the most environmentally-friendly? Which car will give the perfect balance between sportiness and comfort? The Reliability Index exists to help with at least one of these important questions – which car is the most reliable. But we know there are other considerations that every potential car buyer mulls over, which is why we’ve asked our motoring experts to give their verdicts on all 250 cars featured in the Index. Our buying guides tell you everything you need to know before you scour the classified ads looking for your bargain buy.

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Each guide contains a summary, key dates in the model’s development, a checklist of what to watch out for and our experts’ likes and dislikes about the car. Simply use the dropdown list below to choose the make and model you wish to view.


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Renault Wind (2010-2012)

Renault Wind (2010-2012) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeLook past the silly name and the Renault Wind has much to offer. Cheap to buy and run, quirkily styled and with a great chassis - set up the boys from Renaultsport - the Wind deserved a better fate. As it was, this Twingo-based roadster lasted just 18 months with a mere handful sold in the UK; now it... Read More

Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013)

Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen Nissan gave up on mainstream family cars such as the Almera and Primera, many thought the company had lost the plot. But Nissan knew what it was doing; its new British-built crossover offered an elevated driving position, a comfortable ride and decent interior packaging that its predecessors couldn't... Read More

BMW 3 Series E90 (2005-2012)

BMW 3 Series E90 (2005-2012) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeIf a car maker was to create the perfect model range from scratch, the chances are they'd come up with something like the BMW 3-Series. Beautifully built and brilliant to drive, the 3-Series comes in almost any bodystyle, there's a huge range of engines and you can have pretty much any piece of equipment you... Read More

Alfa Romeo Brera (2005-2011)

Alfa Romeo Brera (2005-2011) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeJaw-dropping looks normally come with a massive price tag, but buy an Alfa Romeo Brera and you get one of the most distinctive cars on the road, for peanuts. Even better, running costs needn't be high and the interior looks almost as good as the exterior - even if it offers limited practicality. Best of all... Read More