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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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Dacia Duster (2013-2018)

Dacia Duster (2013-2018) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeFew people would have predicted just how popular the Dacia brand would become when it was launched in the UK in late 2012. The first model to come from this Renault sub-brand was the Duster, and it's fair to say that it ruffled more than a few feathers when it arrived. With a starting price of just £8,995 the... Read More

Mercedes B-Class (2012-2018)

Mercedes B-Class (2012-2018) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen it comes to low-profile cars, few are below the radar as much as the Mercedes B-Class. The original model came and went with nobody noticing and the second edition was just as invisible. But that doesn't make the B-Class a bad car - just one that was overshadowed by more mainstream rivals such as the Ford... Read More

Citroen C1 (2005-2014)

Citroen C1 (2005-2014) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeRunning a car doesn't have to be costly, and if you want the proof, take a look at the Citroen C1. Nimble, perfect for parking around town and surprisingly practical for such a tiny car, ultra-low running costs are the focus of the C1 but this is no one-trick pony. Despite its affordability, this baby Citroen... Read More

BMW 3 Series (2012-2018)

BMW 3 Series (2012-2018) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeWhen BMW launched the original 3 Series in 1975 it was an expensive car made in relatively small numbers, and the first generation came in two-door saloon form only. By the time production of the sixth-generation 3 Series was fully under way, BMW had created the 4 Series so as not to overwhelm its customers... Read More