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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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Chevrolet Trax (2013-2015)

Chevrolet Trax (2013-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe Chevrolet Trax had barely gone on sale in the UK before its maker announced that it was shutting up shop in Europe. As a result this micro-SUV never really stood a chance, but it didn't come close to threatening the class leaders anyway, so it was never much of a loss. That's not to say the Trax is a poor... Read More

Audi TT (2006-2015)

Audi TT (2006-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeOne of the most distinctive cars on the road, the Audi TT has been hugely sought after ever since the first edition arrived in 1999. It's easy to see why; superbly built, great to drive, surprisingly practical and with some superb engines, the TT is one of the easiest sportscars to own. While most of its... Read More

Skoda Octavia (2004-2013)

Skoda Octavia (2004-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeSome badge snobs still shun Skoda because of its past, but the last laugh is on them as they're missing out on a truly great car in the Octavia. The smart family hatch and estate has proved to be one of the easiest and most satisfying family cars to own in recent years, and while Skodas are no longer the... Read More

SEAT Leon (2005-2013)

SEAT Leon (2005-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen the SEAT Leon Mk2 arrived it instantly made all of its rivals look rather staid. With its swoopy lines the Leon cut a dash like no other small family hatch, and while time has reduced the visual impact of SEAT's mid-range car, the Leon still looks distinctive. Based on the contemporary VW Golf, the Leon... Read More

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