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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 V60 (2010-2018)

Volvo V60 (2010-2018) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeVolvo was one of the first car makers to introduce a production estate car with its Duett of 1953. That car focused on practicality, like all of the estates that followed - until the V60 burst onto the scene in 2010. Gone was the boxy rear end to be replaced by something far more shapely; Volvo, like its... Read More

Seat Exeo (2009-2013)

Seat Exeo (2009-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen Seat unveiled the Exeo in 2008, many column inches were devoted to the new saloon being little more than a now-defunct Audi A4. But as Seat retorted, was that such a bad thing when the A4 was such a great car when it went put of production? By incorporating a raft of new tech and building the car to Audi... Read More

Nissan Pixo (2009-2013)

Nissan Pixo (2009-2013) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeIn recent years some of the biggest and most impressive developments have been made in the smallest cars. The city car class has seen some big jumps in quality, refinement and technology - which was bad news for the Nissan Pixo because when it arrived it had already been left behind by more talented rivals.... Read More

Audi A7 (2011-2018)

Audi A7 (2011-2018) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen Mercedes launched the original CLS in 2005 it created a new segment; the swoopy executive saloon that looked more like a coupe. So when Audi came up with its CLS rival five years later it went one better and gave its A7 hatchback practicality. Pitched very much as a luxury large hatch, all A7s came with... Read More