Estate cars major on practicality, with large boots and lots of cubbyholes for storing small objects. But it doesn’t matter how practical a car is if it won’t start in the morning. We’ve trawled through latest Which? Car Survey to reveal which estate car tops the reliability charts – and which one languishes at the bottom.
If you’re looking for a used estate car, chances are that you want something sensible and practical: a machine that you can rely on. However, choose unwisely and not only could you be left out of pocket, you could be left stranded at the side of the road, too.
With a huge gulf in both repair costs and breakdown rates between the most and least reliable used estate cars, buying wisely will not only save you lots of money, it should also save you many headaches. This is especially important as used cars are unlikely to be covered by any warranty.
Our car survey runs every year to discover, directly from owners, which cars are models of reliability and which are likely to leave you facing lots of time at the garage. Tell us how reliable your car is by taking part in the 2014 Which? Car Survey.
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Most reliable used estate car
With an impressive reliability score of 95%, plus very low average repair bills of just £19, the Honda Accord Tourer (2003-2008) proves itself a very savvy buy. Petrol-powered Accord Tourers topped the estate car table with a breakdown rate of just 3%. And most faults were very inexpensive to fix.
The Accord’s strong reliability score is a full 3% above the second estate and a huge 34% ahead of the car that props up the bottom of the table.
Find out the five highest-rated used estate cars for reliability
Least reliable used estate car
The Peugeot 407 (2004-2011) doesn’t just get the wooden spoon for being the least reliable large car, it is the least reliable used car in the entire Which? Car Survey. Unsurprisingly, the closely-related Peugeot 407 SW estate is at the bottom of its class as well.
Thankfully, the 407 SW estate manages to beat its saloon sister model, but with average annual repair bills of more than £250 and a reliability score of just 61%, it’s hardly a car that you can rely on. Owners reported problems as wide ranging as malfunctioning tyre pressure sensors, lights, suspension parts and air conditioning. With a breakdown rate of 12% and high repair bills, the 407 SW trails far behind the Accord Tourer and is a full 4% behind the second least reliable estate car.
Find out the five lowest-rated used estate cars for reliability