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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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Nissan Note (2013-2017)

Nissan Note (2013-2017) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe chances are you didn't notice the second-generation Nissan Note arrive in late 2013, or leave little more than three years later, when it was replaced by an all-new Micra. The Note was a perfectly decent car if not exactly a stand-out product - and it's cars such as these that often make some of the best... Read More

Volkswagen Golf (2009-2013)

Volkswagen Golf (2009-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWith the VW Golf Mk6 caught up in the emissions debacle you could be forgiven for thinking that you should give this family hatch a wide berth, but nothing could be further from the truth. While some owners have complained that VW's emissions fix has left their diesel-engined Golf down on power, petrol... Read More

Lamborghini Gallardo (2003-2013)

Lamborghini Gallardo (2003-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeIf you're looking for a jaw-dropping supercar that you can use regularly, without being financially crippled, you should be looking at a Lamborghini Gallardo. Since Audi bought Lamborghini in 1998, build quality and reliability have improved massively while production numbers have also significantly increased.... Read More

Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006-2015)

Land Rover Freelander 2 (2006-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen it comes to off-roaders, few have an image stronger or more desirable than a Land Rover. Designed and built to conquer the toughest terrain, SUVs like the Freelander shouldnt struggle to cope with potholed roads in suburbia. But while the Freelander is a very accomplished family car that is also superb... Read More