Most reliable 5-6 year old used hatchbacks

Based on technical inspection annual reports and other sources, we offer most reliable 5-6 year old used cars rating. The main criteria for determining the reliability of a car is amount of defects found in the annual roadworthiness tests, as well as subjective rating of the car users - how many car owners would recommend to buy this car to a friend. You'll also find suggestions for improving the reliability of your car at the end of this article.

1 Audi A1 2018 -
116 to 200 HP 4.9 to 6 l/100km
2 Mazda 2 2015 - 2019 Price 6500 to 13 000 €
75 to 115 HP 3.4 to 4.9 l/100km
3 Opel Adam 2012 - 2019 Price 5500 to 8000 €
70 to 150 HP 5 to 5.9 l/100km
4 Audi A1 2014 - 2018 Price 3500 to 14 000 €
90 to 192 HP 3.4 to 5.6 l/100km
5 Audi A7 2014 - 2017 Price 20 000 to 99 000 €
218 to 333 HP 4.7 to 8 l/100km
6 Audi A3 2016 - 2020 Price 14 500 to 20 000 €
150 to 190 HP 5 to 5.7 l/100km
7 Toyota Yaris 2017 - Price 10 500 to 62 000 €
69 to 111 HP 4.3 to 5 l/100km
8 Toyota Yaris 2014 - 2017 Price 6000 to 15 500 €
69 to 100 HP 3.8 to 5 l/100km
9 Volkswagen Golf 2012 - 2017 Price 5500 to 19 500 €
85 to 300 HP 3.8 to 7.1 l/100km
10 Seat Leon 2013 - 2017 Price 7000 to 17 500 €
85 to 180 HP 5.7 to 5.7 l/100km
11 Renault Megane 2016 - 2020 Price 11 000 to 33 000 €
90 to 300 HP 3.7 to 8.1 l/100km
12 Volkswagen Golf 2017 - 2019 Price 11 000 to 23 000 €
110 to 230 HP 4.3 to 6.4 l/100km
13 BMW 1 series 2017 - 2019 Price 11 000 to 19 000 €
109 to 340 HP 3.6 to 7.8 l/100km
14 Audi A7 2018 - Price 45 000 to 88 000 €
204 to 340 HP 4.6 to 6.9 l/100km
15 Ford Fiesta 2017 - Price 6500 to 29 000 €
70 to 140 HP 3.5 to 5.2 l/100km
16 Skoda Citigo 2012 - 2017 Price 7000 to 8000 €
60 to 75 HP 4.1 to 4.2 l/100km
17 Suzuki Swift 2017 - Price 9500 to 10 500 €
90 to 140 HP 4.3 to 5.5 l/100km
18 Mazda 3 2016 - 2019 Price 10 500 to 16 000 €
100 to 165 HP 3.8 to 5.8 l/100km
19 Hyundai i20 2018 - 2020 Price 9500 to 16 000 €
75 to 120 HP 5.1 to 5.8 l/100km
20 Skoda Fabia 2018 - Price 7000 to 23 500 €
75 to 110 HP 4.6 to 4.8 l/100km
21 Nissan Note 2017 -
79 to 140 HP 2.6 to 5.4 l/100km
22 Skoda Fabia 2015 - 2018 Price 5500 to 14 000 €
60 to 110 HP 3.4 to 4.8 l/100km
23 Kia Picanto 2017 - Price 9000 to 15 500 €
67 to 100 HP 4.2 to 5.4 l/100km
24 Skoda Rapid 2012 - 2017 Price 4600 to 11 000 €
75 to 122 HP 3.6 to 5.9 l/100km
25 Suzuki Swift 2013 - 2017 Price 7000 to 8500 €
94 to 94 HP 5 to 5.5 l/100km
26 Nissan Note 2012 - 2017 Price 3500 to 8000 €
80 to 98 HP 3.6 to 5.1 l/100km
27 Kia RIO 2017 - 2020 Price 8500 to 10 000 €
77 to 123 HP 4.7 to 6.8 l/100km
28 Skoda Rapid 2017 - Price 11 000 to 11 500 €
90 to 125 HP 4 to 4.8 l/100km
29 BMW 1 series 2015 - 2017 Price 10 500 to 18 000 €
109 to 340 HP 5.4 to 8 l/100km
30 Ford Fiesta 2012 - 2017 Price 2800 to 10 000 €
65 to 125 HP 3.3 to 5.9 l/100km
31 Kia Ceed 2018 - Price 13 000 to 23 000 €
100 to 140 HP
32 Kia Picanto 2015 - 2017
66 to 85 HP 3.8 to 5.6 l/100km
33 Kia RIO 2015 - 2017 Price 6000 to 16 500 €
75 to 123 HP 3.6 to 6.4 l/100km
34 Seat Ibiza 2017 - Price 11 000 to 18 500 €
75 to 115 HP 4.7 to 4.9 l/100km
35 Honda Civic 2017 - Price 15 500 to 25 000 €
129 to 182 HP 4.7 to 5.8 l/100km
36 Seat Ibiza 2015 - 2017 Price 3500 to 6500 €
75 to 110 HP 3.4 to 5.2 l/100km
37 Nissan Micra 2017 - Price 9000 to 17 000 €
73 to 117 HP 3.5 to 5.3 l/100km
38 Hyundai i10 2013 - 2017 Price 4700 to 8500 €
66 to 87 HP 4.3 to 6.2 l/100km
39 Skoda Octavia 2013 - 2017 Price 7000 to 27 500 €
86 to 180 HP 3.8 to 6.1 l/100km
40 Hyundai i30 2015 - 2017 Price 6500 to 8000 €
90 to 186 HP 3.6 to 7.3 l/100km
41 Ford Focus 2014 - 2018 Price 4000 to 12 000 €
85 to 350 HP 3.4 to 7.7 l/100km
42 Seat Leon 2017 - Price 12 000 to 26 500 €
110 to 300 HP 4 to 6.9 l/100km
43 Skoda Citigo 2017 - Price ~ 9000 €
60 to 75 HP 4.1 to 4.5 l/100km
44 Skoda Octavia 2017 - 2019 Price 9500 to 16 500 €
110 to 230 HP 4.3 to 6.7 l/100km
45 Kia Ceed 2015 - 2018 Price 5500 to 8000 €
100 to 136 HP 4.2 to 6.8 l/100km
46 Hyundai i20 2014 - 2018 Price 5000 to 12 000 €
75 to 120 HP 3.2 to 6.7 l/100km
47 Ford Focus 2018 - 2021 Price 10 500 to 16 500 €
85 to 182 HP 4.8 to 5.5 l/100km
48 Nissan Micra 2013 - 2017 Price 4000 to 10 000 €
80 to 98 HP 4.1 to 5.4 l/100km
49 Hyundai i10 2016 - 2018
66 to 87 HP 4 to 5.9 l/100km
50 Fiat Tipo 2017 - Price 8500 to 10 500 €
95 to 120 HP 3.7 to 6.3 l/100km

What is a reliable used car?

We consider a reliable car to be the one that, as rarely as necessary, requires unplanned (emergency) repairs and that unexpectedly does not stay on the roadside. It should be understood that every car has parts and consumables that need to be replaced regularly, such as brake pads, tires, oils and other fluids, battery, wiper blades etc.

How to improve used car reliability?

Of course, the reliability of a used car is greatly influenced by how well and thoughtfully the manufacturer has been able to design it and by the quality of its components. But just as important is the attitude of the car owner towards his car. In the case of a used car, though, the reliability of the car will also depend on how carefully it has been handled by previous owners and you cannot influence it. However, by following these tips you can ensure the highest possible reliability of your car:

  1. Perform regular car maintenance at scheduled intervals
    For almost every car, the manufacturer has defined service intervals - a list of jobs to be performed after a certain time or mileage. Most of this tasks involves inspection and preventive maintenance of various vehicle parts. However, there are also parts or assemblies that need to be replaced after a certain time, otherwise the consequences can be very sad, such as not replacing the engine timing belt timely, in case of it's rupture the car's engine could require serious overhaul or even replacement, which will cost tens of times more than changing a timing belt. Service intervals can usually be found in your vehicle manual. If your vehicle does not have one - try to find it on the internet or consult a qualified car service center.
  2. Prevent defects in a timely manner
    Cars are a complex set of mechanisms that work closely with each other. A minor damage to one car node can negatively affect several other units and result in a much more expensive car repair. For example, almost any damaged suspension component (shock absorber, wheel bearing, ball bearing etc.) significantly increases the load on the other suspension components and wear of these parts. Therefore, if your car starts to make any suspicious noise, changes its behavior on the road, there are changes in instrument readings or other nuances - contact a qualified car service, diagnose and repair the damage if needed! The "turn the louder music out of the noises" approach does not pay off, as early or late (even before sale) car will need to be repaired anyway.
  3. Use quality spare parts and competent car mechanics
    Nowadays, most cars have a wide range of non-original spare parts, which are much cheaper and more affordable than original spare parts. Some non-original spare parts are of the same quality or even better quality than the original ones. Others (usually the cheapest) only look like the originals, but their materials and workmanship are very poor. It should be understood that the cost of repairing each car unit consists of parts and labor, and the amount and labor of the unit is independent of the cost of the part. Correspondingly, choosing a low quality part that costs half as much as a quality part, but paying the same amount of work, you end up saving a few tens of percent. However, the life of a low-quality part will probably be several times shorter, so you will overpay for the next repair. That is why it is important to find a knowledgeable and honest car mechanic who will advise you on which parts to choose.
  4. Use the car for its intended purpose Each car model has its own basic purpose of use, such as urban travel, freight transport, driving on poor quality roads, and so on. When using a car for other purpose, such as regularly transporting hundreds of kilograms of construction material in a small city car, or using a crossover (i.e. a "parquet jeep") on serious off-road, the following repairs must be taken into account and the car's reliability will be significantly reduced.
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