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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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Volvo S80 (2006-2016)

Volvo S80 (2006-2016) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen it comes to buying used cars, the largest models sometimes offer the biggest bargains. Take Volvo's S80; the Swedish company's stylish and discreet flagship saloon makes a spectacular used buy as it's overshadowed by more talented, higher-profile rivals. But the S80 is still a good car; it's one of the... Read More

MINI Roadster & Coupe (2011-2015)

MINI Roadster & Coupe (2011-2015) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe massive success of its original gave BMW the confidence to offer an expanded range with the second take on the formula. While some reckoned that the two-seater Coupe and Roadster models were a step too far for the brand, they offer an interesting diversion for MINI fans who want something different.... Read More

Kia Soul (2009-2014)

Kia Soul (2009-2014) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeKia has been one of the fastest-growing car brands in the UK in recent years, thanks to the huge strides it's made in quality and design. It's models such as the Soul which have lifted Kia above the masses stylistically; this smart-looking small hatch offering excellent value and reliability, with a healthy... Read More

Aston Martin Vantage (2005-2017)

Aston Martin Vantage (2005-2017) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe term 'entry-level' has certain connotations, but when the tag is attached to an Aston Martin it's never going to mean a poverty-spec budget special. So when the Vantage V8 was introduced in 2005 as Aston's cheapest car, expectations were high. With its 4.3-litre V8 and manual or 'Sportshift' semi-auto... Read More