Most reliable 5-6 year old used sedans

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 A3 2016 2016 - 2020
110 to 190 HP 5 to 5.6 l/100km
2 Mercedes E class 2016 2016 - 2020 Price 31 000 to 33 500 €
150 to 612 HP 1.74 to 4.8 l/100km
3 Audi A6 2014 2014 - 2018
190 to 333 HP 5.7 to 7.4 l/100km
4 Audi A4 2015 2015 - 2019 Price ~ 20 000 €
150 to 272 HP 4.1 to 5.9 l/100km
5 Audi A6 2018 2018 - Price 26 000 to 28 500 €
286 to 340 HP 5.8 to 7.1 l/100km
6 Volvo S60 2013 2013 - 2018
115 to 304 HP 3.7 to 9.9 l/100km
7 Audi A4 2019 2019 - Price ~ 23 000 €
150 to 245 HP 5.3 to 6.8 l/100km
8 Renault Megane 2016 2016 - 2020
90 to 140 HP 3.7 to 6.6 l/100km
9 Mazda 3 2016 2016 - 2019 Price 10 500 to 15 000 €
100 to 184 HP 3.8 to 8.1 l/100km
10 Volvo S60 2018 2018 - Price ~ 24 000 €
190 to 415 HP 7.2 to 8.7 l/100km
11 Citroen C4 2015 2015 - 2020 Price 7000 to 7500 €
114 to 150 HP 4.8 to 7.1 l/100km
12 Kia RIO 2017 2017 - 2020
100 to 123 HP 5.7 to 6.6 l/100km
13 Mazda 6 2015 2015 - 2018
150 to 192 HP 3.9 to 6.5 l/100km
14 Skoda Superb 2015 2015 - 2019 Price ~ 18 000 €
120 to 280 HP 3.8 to 7.1 l/100km
15 Volkswagen Passat 2014 2014 - 2019 Price 17 000 to 19 000 €
122 to 240 HP 4.1 to 5.3 l/100km
16 BMW 3 series 2015 2015 - 2018 Price 22 500 to 32 000 €
116 to 326 HP 4.4 to 7.3 l/100km
17 Ford Focus 2014 2014 - 2018
85 to 182 HP 3.8 to 9.8 l/100km
18 BMW 2 series 2019 2019 - Price 27 500 to 32 000 €
116 to 306 HP 4.5 to 7.1 l/100km
19 BMW 3 series 2018 2018 - Price 24 000 to 28 500 €
113 to 382 HP 4.5 to 9.4 l/100km
20 Volkswagen Passat 2019 2019 - Price ~ 19 500 €
120 to 272 HP 4.2 to 7 l/100km
21 Ford Focus 2018 2018 - 2021
123 to 160 HP 6.7 to 7.8 l/100km
22 Mazda 3 2019 2019 - Price 14 000 to 16 000 €
116 to 186 HP 4.6 to 7.8 l/100km
23 Hyundai i40 2015 2015 - 2018 Price ~ 15 000 €
115 to 165 HP
24 Mazda 6 2018 2018 - Price ~ 20 000 €
145 to 250 HP 4.4 to 9 l/100km
25 Ford Mondeo 2013 2013 - 2018
115 to 240 HP 3.6 to 9.4 l/100km
26 BMW 5 series 2016 2016 - 2020 Price 32 500 to 37 500 €
184 to 530 HP 4.5 to 8.9 l/100km
27 Dacia Logan 2016 2016 - 2020 Price ~ 8000 €
75 to 101 HP 3.6 to 5 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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