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Price: £17,500
Top speed: 128 mph 0-62mph 8.1 seconds
Consumption: 45.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 151g/km
Best for: Fiat's bottom line
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Japanese cars take seven of top 10 in reliability survey

If you want a reliable used car, buy a Japanese one, according to new research.

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