Bargain barges with bulletproof reliability: The best (and worst) used luxury cars that won’t ravage your savings with recurring repair bills

To the value-hunting secondhand car buyer, luxury cars are very tempting.

They are fully loaded with equipment yet can be bought for budget car money – particularly if you look at older models aged four to 10 years.

But with more equipment comes the risk of more problems. There’s more to go wrong and, with these cars well out of their warranty period, more risk of big and unwelcome bills.

So let the statistics do the work: which are the most reliable luxury cars you can buy on a budget without too much risk of costing you a fortune? Here’s our round-up using data from the latest What Car? reliability survey.

8: Audi A6 (2011-)

While it might have made it into the top 8 most reliable used luxury cars, the Audi A6 isn't all that dependable. Some owners were hit with repair bills costing up to £1,500

While it might have made it into the top 8 most reliable used luxury cars, the Audi A6 isn’t all that dependable. Some owners were hit with repair bills costing up to £1,500

Reliability rating: 65.7%

Target price: £13,000 (2013 2.0TDI SE with 40,000 miles)

Less than one in three owners of Audi’s executive saloon experienced problems, say survey results, although serious faults did take cars off the road for more than a week.

And while half of cars were fixed at no cost, other owners were hit with bills of over £1,500.

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