10 of the Cheapest Car Models To Repair

5 minutes Published: 08/11/2021
Chloe Murphy

When you buy a new car, it typically comes with the peace of mind that any repairs will be dealt with through your warranty.

But if your warranty has passed, or you’ve decided to buy a used car, the thought of repair costs can be overwhelming. 

Unfortunately, some cars are simply more reliable than others, and for the most part, we don’t factor the cost of repairs when considering how much to spend on a car

But since repairs can work out to be the most expensive aspect of your car running costs, it’s important to choose your car wisely. In this post, we look at aspects like reliability rating and average repair cost to round up the top 10 cheapest cars to repair. 

1. Toyota Yaris

RRP: £19,730 - £24,150 | From £169.74 per month to lease
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 170g/km

The Yaris has held its top spot well, consistently named as one of the cheapest cars to repair. It may be looked over by some for its simplicity, however this is no doubt one of the contributing factors to its low cost repairs.

The smaller size and limited features mean there are physically fewer things requiring repair, so it has a reasonably low average repair cost of roughly £186.70 according to the Reliability Index.

Toyota reliability is always rated well, and came fifth in the 2021 What Car Reliability Survey of 30 manufacturers. 

2. Hyundai I10

RRP: £12,290 - £17,335 | From £151.26 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 93 - 157g/km

Hyundai’s popular city car, the i10 is a great car when it comes to value for money. It has a reliability index of 12, and average repair costs are some of the lowest at only £147.25.

Reliability is little cause for concern with Hyundai scoring 6th place in the WhatCar Reliability Survey. The i10 also comes with Hyundai’s particularly impressive 5 year/unlimited mileage warranty, and 12 months of roadside assistance should anything go wrong. 

3. Toyota Prius

RRP: £24,175 - £34,690 | From £219.12 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 28 - 109g/km

There’s a lot about the Prius that makes it a great car. Low annual car maintenance costs make it a popular choice as a company car or taxi, and it’s one of the most imported cars to the UK. 

Edmunds calculated the repair costs for the first 5 years of owning a Prius, with the average coming out at around £190. 

The Prius comes with a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty, and was also named UK’s most reliable car in 2020, with the Yaris taking second place.

4. Toyota Aygo

RRP: £9,515 - £16,735 | From £147.31 per month to lease
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 93 - 119g/km

A small sized city car, the Toyota Aygo is well known for its reliability, ranking as one of our most reliable small cars. Owners have reported few faults with the model, and it earned an impressive 96.9% rating in the WhatCar Reliability Survey.

The Aygo is widely said to be cheap to run, and the Reliability Index reported average repairs at around £200. It also comes with Toyota’s 5 year/100,000 mile warranty.

5. Citroen C4 Hatchback

RRP: £20,760 - £27,585 | From £190.56 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 193g/km

The latest Citroen C4 is a relatively new model, but takes most elements of its predecessor and improves them. Its build is based largely on the Peugeot 208, making it a good bet for reliability. 

Citroen got just a 62% rating in Car Wow’s Reliability Survey, however the C4 challenges this with good scores and low cost repairs. AutoButler calculated the most common services on the Citroen C4 as a standard car service at £125, and repairs related to the brakes at £206.

6. Mercedes A Class Hatchback

RRP: £22,630 - £37,425 | From £237.14 per month to lease
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: D, P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 206g/km

It’s not often you find a luxury hatchback in an article referencing anything ‘cheap’. But the Mercedes A-Class is exactly that - to repair at least. Average yearly repair costs for the Mercedes A-Class are usually just £289.

Mercedes itself doesn’t get the highest reliability rating, finishing 28th place out of 30 makes in the Driver Power survey. However the A-Class placed a respectable 36th out of 75. You also get the Mercedes 3 year/unlimited mileage warranty to keep you covered.

7. Nissan Leaf

RRP: £26,435 - £39,340 | From £196.72 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: N/A
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2:

Low cost and electric don’t often go together, but the Nissan Leaf may well be the exception. Though electric cars tend to have a heftier upfront cost, they almost always work out cheapest in terms of running and maintenance. 

As there are fewer moving parts to break down over time, repairing EVs is generally quite inexpensive. Green Car Future calculated the average repair costs over the first three years of owning a Leaf to be roughly £300. 

Nissan warranty also offers a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty on all electric drive components, with a 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on your lithium-ion battery.

8. Renault Megane Hatchback

RRP: £20,470 - £31,935 | From £185.04 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 209g/km

Renault has come a long way in improving its reliability, finishing 15th place in the 2020 Driver Power survey. The Renault Megane does well to build on this, scoring 83% in the What Car Reliability Survey.

Though the new Megane is fairly pricey compared to your standard hatchback, Yearly repair costs are around only £310. You also get Renault’s impressive 5 year/100,000 mile warranty covering you for far longer than standard.

9. Mitsubishi Mirage

RRP: £10,345 - £13,340
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 95 - 133g/km

The Mitsubishi Mirage is an excellent choice if you’re looking to buy a nearly new car with low repair costs. 

It is slightly more expensive than similar alternatives, at almost £13,000 new. However, the Mirage repairs cost on average just over £300. With a strong warranty of 5 years/62,500 miles, you’re also likely to be covered for any major issues or faults with the car.  

10. Honda Jazz

RRP: £18,785 - £25,070 | From £169.67 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine:
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 102 - 139g/km

Finally, we have the Honda Jazz. There’s little to say regarding faults with the Jazz, as there just don’t seem to be many. The popular supermini scored a great Reliability Index score of 10.

The Reliability Index lists the Jazz’s average repair costs at £371.08, however just 6% of owners reported having issues with their model. Though the repairs are slightly higher than others on our list, less frequent need for repairs keeps the cost low. 

Conclusion 

If you’re looking to keep your car costs low, it’s important to consider more than just the average car price. On top of the upfront cost and repairs, you have the average car insurance cost to factor into your budget as well. 

For more low cost cars that will keep you running smoothly on the roads, check out our round up of the most reliable cars.

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