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Top 10 used reliable eco cars

By Sun Motors Published

CHOOSING a reliable make and model will save you £££s in the long run, say our experts at sunmotors.co.uk and Warranty Direct. Here are our Top 10 reliable used eco cars.

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Ford Fiesta (08)  - from £1,995

With some models giving 85mpg and the best reliability score in our list, it’s no wonder the trusted Fiesta is the nation’s favourite. It’s also the most searched for car on sunmotors.co.uk.

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Smart Fortwo (07) - from £2,690

Sure, it looks odd. But delivering up to 85mpg this car also scores well on the reliability index. Which means you’ll be quids in. The CDI Pure 2d Auto is the most economical.

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Skoda Fabia (07) - from £,1850

The experts took into account rate of failure, average mileage and repair costs to produce this top 10. And the Fabia 1.2 TDI CR Greenline II came a fab third in our Top 10.

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Peugeot 3008 (09) - from £5,695

Peugeot’s take on the MPV scores highly. It’s practical, reasonably impressive to drive, but only has five seats, which may be a limiting factor for larger families.

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SEAT Ibiza (06-9) - from £1,100

Boasting up to 74mpg (with the 1.4 TDi Ecomotive), this little runaround is cheap on the pocket and fairly reliable too. Well worth considering against its rivals, the Polo or Fabia.

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Volkswagen Polo (05)  - from £950

The 1.4 BlueMotion TDI (80ps) scores well in our list, and can be picked up fairly cheaply at sunmotors.co.uk. The Polo is a brilliant and trustworthy little runaround - a great buy.

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Toyota Auris (07) - from £2,100

Although it’s the hybrid version that scores well here (1.8 VVTi Hybrid T Spirit 5d CVT Auto), there are plenty other Auris options worth considering. This one delivers up to 70mpg.

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Citroen C3 Picasso (09) - from £2,989

Plump for the 1.6 Hdi 8v 90 VTR+ for value at the pump and high reliability. It’s not the most exciting drive, but it’s got tonnes of space and is enormously functional.

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Toyota Yaris (06) - from £2,195

This great dependable supermini gets up to 68mpg with the  1.4 D-4D TR. It’s a great first car, with loads of safety kit and extremely easy to use. Look elsewhere for thrills though.

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Nissan Note (06) - from £1,895

For a practical car with a high reliability score, opt for the 1.5 (90bhp) dCi Visia. It’s dependable, but still not averse to high repair costs, so check out used cars before buying.

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