Nissan's hugely underrated Almera is the most reliable small family car on the road according to Warranty Direct's Reliability Index. The Japanese model, launched in the UK in autumn 1995, has an index rating (calculated as cost of repair compared with number of visits to the garage) of just 4.35. This compares to the small family segment average of 55.9 and 95.95 for the UK car market as a whole. And, if things do go wrong, the garage invoice is likely to average no more than £79.57 after spending just shy of an hour in the hands of a mechanic.