The most reliable, long-lasting and with the least problems small cars between 12-22 thousand euros in 2023

The most reliable, long-lasting and with the least problems small cars between 12-22 thousand euros in 2023
The most reliable, long-lasting and with the least problems small cars between 12-22 thousand euros in 2023
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Several brands, both European and Asian, are renowned for their reliability and market cars that are safe, pleasant to drive and full of quality. Based on the most recent studies, but also taking into account the price range of 14-22 thousand euros in 2023, we are interested in knowing which are the most durable and reliable small cars. Those that represent a good investment. So let’s take a look at them one by one:

  • Mazda 2

  • Honda Jazz

  • Dacia Sandero

  • Hyundai i10

  • Toyota Yaris

Mazda 2

Mazda 2 It’s a versatile utility vehicle, full of quality and reliable. The new generation is now equipped with mild hybrid and petrol engines from 90 to 115 hp. For around 19,000 euros, the basic equipment includes the essentials, namely air conditioning, electric windows, various driver assistance systems and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of style, Mazda 2 displays dynamic and homogeneous lines, while the interior is more austere but very well done.

Mazda 2 owners are satisfied and do not hesitate to praise its qualities. Likewise, no serious mechanical problems were reportedalthough several models in the range, including the Mazda 2, have in the past been the subject of a recall campaign to replace the fuel pump, which was prone to deformation.

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz it is an interesting alternative to traditional small cars. The current model retains its minivan silhouette and all its qualities. And it’s only available as a hybrid in Europe for around 20,000 euros. From his there are several driving aids and a 9-inch touchscreen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


Among his own strengths, the owners appreciate the low fuel consumption, the MPV side panel which offers space and comfort and safe driving. The Honda Jazz once again confirms the Japanese automaker’s status as a trusted brand as no major issues have been reported by the owners, who are all happy with their purchase. It is one of the models that has the least problems.

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Dacia Sandero

Thumbs up for Dacia Sandero, revamped utility vehicle for a new generation. The car, belonging to the Renault group, is also the cheapest on the market since it is available from around 12,000 euros. Taking advantage of a wheelbase of 2,604 metres, its petrol and GPK engines attract motorists.

The latter also appreciate driving comfort, spacious interiors despite the small size and low fuel consumption, without forgetting the acknowledged reliability. Provided you accept some compromises in relation to the build quality.

Hyundai i10

Compared to some of the models we’ve reviewed, Hyundai i10 it does not include a hybrid engine and remains 100% thermal despite the current context. However, this iteration gains in personality and modernity with a completely revised design on the outside, while inside it can carry 4 or 5 seats for approximately 12,000 euros and 18,000 euros respectively. This is a clear advantage over its competitors.

From the entry level, the i10 is well equipped since it incorporates electric windows, cruise control and speed limiter or even active lane keeping assistance. In terms of reliability, all the owners speak highly of their small car, whether in terms of fuel consumption, driving comfort in town and on the road or soundproofing. No serious and repeated defects have been reported.

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris continues to remain one of the staples in the small car segment. The new generation gives way to a more expressive and modern design. This small car offers a lot of space on board and you feel immediately at ease. Presentation-wise, it’s classic yet beautifully finished, and there’s plenty of practical storage.

To get behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris will have to spend at least 18,000 euros. Yaris offers good acceleration, while fuel consumption is well controlled. It is also well equipped, especially in the higher trim levels.

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