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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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Skoda Yeti (2009-2017)

Skoda Yeti (2009-2017) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen the Skoda Yeti arrived in 2009 it shouldn't have made waves because it was hardly a new concept. But this SUV was so multi-talented that it didn't take long for the awards to pile up. A regular winner in owner satisfaction surveys, the Yeti offered practicality and comfort with excellent engines, sharp... Read More

Volkswagen Touran (2003-2015)

Volkswagen Touran (2003-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeVolkswagen was late coming to the compact MPV party with its Touran in 2003. While it didn't offer anything new in terms of packaging, the Touran was perfect for those wanting an MPV with a strong image. With its comfortable ride, solidly built interior and safe dynamics there were plenty of reasons to buy a... Read More

Maserati Quattroporte (2004-2013)

Maserati Quattroporte (2004-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe Four-door doesn't sound very alluring does it? But when you call your luxury saloon Quattroporte it suddenly sounds a lot more enticing. The Quattroporte has been part of Maserati's line up since 1963; the fifth-generation saloon that was designed by Pininfarina arrived in 2003. Up against the Aston Martin... Read More

Ford Kuga (2008-2013)

Ford Kuga (2008-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeFord was slow to cash in on the SUV craze. When its Kuga appeared in 2008, some of its rivals were in second or even third-generation form; the Toyota Rav4 that launched the segment arrived in 1996. But the Kuga was worth waiting for because in typical Ford fashion it was one of the best cars in its class to... Read More