A few weeks ago, the British newspaper Carbuyer unveiled the list of the most reliable second-hand cars for 2022. News and good surprise a Frenchwoman slips into this ranking.

10-Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

First on the list of the most reliable vehicles in 2020, the Volvo XC40 confirms its good performance in this ranking 2 years later. Although compact, it remains faithful to the spirit of the brand's productions by its weight and dimensions.

The robust image bias is particularly visible on the exterior. The taut lines as well as the vertical grille contribute to the massive effect that the whole gives off. Inside the style is typically Volvo. The presentation is among the most airy and elegant in the category. The set is relaxing and gives off a pleasant impression of quality.

The list of available engines is very extensive. In gasoline, three, four or five cylinder engines developing from 129 to 247 horsepower are offered. Two 150 and 190 horsepower diesel engines complete the range. The car is available with a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. Over the years, this XC40 has therefore confirmed its place among the very best choices for recent second-hand cars on the market.

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9- Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

Compact family, the Ceed is Korean manufacturer Kia's Europe-specific answer to the VW Golf. Its first generation was launched in 2007. The first car to be guaranteed for 7 years on European soil, its successive successors have adopted the high standards of reliability specific not only to the model, but more generally to the brand.

Launched in 2018, the 3rd generation is the one that interests us today. Available in diesel, gasoline and rechargeable hybrid engines, from its launch, its career on European soil has been quite remarkable, as evidenced by the unprecedented sales figures for a Korean product in this range. Having benefited from a restyling in 2021, the earlier versions are easily found on the second-hand market.

Less popular than the stars of the category, such as the Peugeot 308 or the indestructible VW Golf, it remains a real bargain second-hand, especially as its reliability is very good. The transfer of the 7-year warranty to the second buyer will probably end up removing the last doubts as to the relevance of the purchase of this vehicle with its almost unrivaled price / performance ratio.

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8- Kia Rio

Kia Rio

So one Kia hides another. Ranked 8th on the list, the city car from the Korean manufacturer confirms its know-how in terms of reliability. If this car is struggling to find a place on the French market engulfed by the Renault Clio and other Peugeot 208, it is nevertheless a very important vehicle for the brand.

The first achievement of the manufacturer after its takeover by Hyundai in 2000, the first generation of Rio then inaugurated a series whose descendants will all present the same range of qualities: low price, adaptation to the various world markets and enviable reliability.

The fourth version launched in 2016 also offers consensual aesthetics, interior spaces equivalent to its competitors, quality petrol engines as well as the famous 7-year warranty transferable on the occasion of a change of owner Like its big sister, the Ceed, it is therefore one of the best bargains in its niche on the second-hand market.

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7-Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008

Presented by the Sochaux manufacturer at the end of 2019, the 2nd generation 2008 is the crossover version of the 208 city car. Using the Stellantis group's CMP platform, it offers the choice of several engines.

The petrol versions called puretech make up an offer that also includes diesel and 100% electric propulsion. Called e-2008, the latter offers a maximum theoretical autonomy of 326 km for a maximum speed of 150 km/h.

Decent range performance for one of the stars of the European market, the Sochaux-based manufacturer having sold more than 500,000 units of its urban crossover there. Abundantly available on the second-hand market in France, if this vehicle interests you, it is a safe bet that you will easily find the copy you are looking for.

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6-Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

A compact SUV from the Czech branch of the Volkswagen group, the Karoq went on sale at the end of 2017. Based on the MQB platform, it shares many of its components with other group products such as the VW Golf or Seat Leon.

Perpetuating the tradition of the brand since its acquisition by the German group in the early 1990s, the Karoq is an alternative to the Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar and other Volkswagen Tiguan. Exclusively offering petrol and diesel engines already well proven on other vehicles of the Wolfsburg group, it is hardly surprising to find the Karoq in this beautiful 6th place in this 2022 reliability ranking.

If this vehicle interests you, it is useful to know that a facelifted version debuted in 2021. The opportunity probably to negotiate down the earlier versions of this admittedly discreet but not missing SUV qualities.

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5-Volkswagen T-Roc

VW T-Roc

So one Volkswagen group product hides another. Sharing most of its organs with the previous vehicle, based on the same platform, it is therefore not surprising to find it in such a close place in this reliability ranking.

Available for sale since the end of 2017, it offers, like the Karoq, 2 or 4 wheel drive type transmission systems. A high-performance version with 300 hp and called T-Roc R is also in the catalog.

Restyled in 2021, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 are not rare vehicles on the second-hand market, as evidenced by their excellent sales figures on the European market. Know how to take advantage of it.

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4-Lexus NX

The successes in terms of quality of the Toyota group and its premium branch have been so standard and for so many years that this 4th place of its compact SUV in this ranking will not surprise many people

Available on the European market since 2014, the NX completes from below a range of SUVs led by the famous RX. Taking on board the aesthetic codes in force at the manufacturer since the beginning of the last decade, it offers lines with salient angles, the famous grille in the shape of an hourglass as well as a raised rear part.

Sharing some of its parts with the Rav 4, it also uses some of the Toyota group's engines and transmissions. The 300h version representing the majority of sales has a gasoline engine that can operate on the Otto and Atkinson cycles. It is coupled via a CVT type box to a non-rechargeable hybrid system. Similar in its operation to that of the brand's other models, it allows you to travel short distances in 100% electric mode.

In 2017, a restyled version appeared. On the program of new front and rear lights, a grille incorporating new chrome inserts as well as redesigned shields. Not very dynamic and offering limited performance, this SUV will not be suitable for thrill seekers. For others looking above all for a richly equipped second-hand car, very comfortable and able to access city centers even in periods of pollution peaks, the NX is a very good choice.

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3-Mazda CX5

Mazda CX5

Compact SUV from the Hiroshima manufacturer, the second generation of the CX5 was presented to the public in 2017. Like most of the brand's other models, it features Skyactiv technologies. It should be remembered that the Skyactiv G makes it possible, thanks among other things to the ingenious design of the piston head, to bring the compression ratio of gasoline engines to the unprecedented value of 14:1. The advantage is higher energy efficiency than other petrol engines on the market and consequently lower fuel consumption and polluting emissions.

The diesel innovation called Skyactiv D, on the other hand, lowers the compression ratio. This trick has the beneficial effect of reducing particulate emissions as well as the weight of the engine, all of which is favorable to consumption and pollution. These engines will be associated right out of the vehicle with automatic gearboxes called Skyactive-drive, the specificity of which is the use of multi-disc clutches in tandem with the torque converter. The interest in this case lies in a reduction in energy losses due to slippage of the converter and therefore a gain in fuel consumption.

Caring about its image for a decade, the brand will draw inspiration from Kodo design for the design of this CX5. Fairly discreet car in France, although full of qualities, it is, in its segment, one of the best offers both new and used.

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2- Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

Replacing the venerable IX20, the Hyundai Kona was presented to the public at the end of 2017 A small crossover, it competes with the Peugeot 2008, Honda HR-v and other Renault Capturs.

At the end of 2020, it underwent a restyling: in addition to the change in the design of the front lights, the integration of LED technology and the modification of the shape of the bonnet were added. Like almost all of the brand's products, it is offered for sale with numerous engines. Judge for yourself: petrol engines, a diesel, hybrids, 2 100% electric versions.

This very wide choice as well as an aggressive positioning in terms of pricing therefore have the following consequence: if you are interested in this vehicle, it is a safe bet that you will easily find the second-hand version corresponding to your needs and wait.

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1- Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq

2nd vehicle from the Czech branch of the Volkswagen group to climb up this ranking, the Kodiaq takes no less than first place. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, it arrives in concession a few months later.

Based on the MQB modular platform common to many achievements of the brands of the alliance, it is not surprising that it shares many elements such as its engines or transmissions with them. On the program are simple front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as well as proven petrol or diesel engines.

In terms of practicality and comfort, it should be noted that in addition to the voluminous trunk, there is the possibility of having a 7-seater version. A large SUV in size, its direct competitors are the Peugeot 5008, Jeep Cherokee and other Nissan X-Trails. Quite close to the new price level, the image in France of the Czech SUV is not as envious as that of the other vehicles on this list.

As a result, second-hand prices are often lower than these. Combined with high-level reliability, these affordable prices therefore make it a bargain for anyone looking for a spacious, reliable, affordable and uneventful vehicle.

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