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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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Subaru XV (2012-2017)

Subaru XV (2012-2017) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeSubaru was hardly breaking new ground when it launched its XV crossover in 2012, and with many key rivals having stolen a march on it by several years you might have expected something pretty special. In which case you'd have been disappointed, because the XV was no class leader in any respect. Sure it was... Read More

Renault Modus (2004-2012)

Renault Modus (2004-2012) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe Renault Modus is closely related to the Nissan Note, but while the latter thrived, the former never really made any headway in the UK market. Renault offered a wide model range and there was even a choice of short- or long-wheelbase variations, but still buyers weren't interested. Despite this, Renault... Read More

Toyota Urban Cruiser (2009-2012)

Toyota Urban Cruiser (2009-2012) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeThe Toyota Urban Cruiser was one of those paradoxes - highly unusual but not distinctive enough to stand out in the crowd. As a result, few people even noticed if they'd seen one; if they had they probably assumed this was just a Rav4. But the Urban Cruiser was actually based on the same floorpan as the Toyota... Read More

MINI Paceman (2012-2016)

MINI Paceman (2012-2016) Buying Guide by Richard DredgeBuoyed by the success of its first MINI, BMW pushed the boundaries with the second-generation car to produce a much greater array of bodystyles including the Coupe and Roadster. Then there was the Paceman, which blended elements of a coupe, an SUV and a regular hatchback. In typical MINI fashion there was a... Read More