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2022 What Car? Reliability Survey: large SUVs

Our exhaustive annual survey rates the dependability of cars aged up to five years old, based on the experiences of nearly 25,000 owners...

Toyota RAV4 2022 front right cornering

Most reliable large SUVs

1. Toyota RAV4 (2019-present)

Reliability rating 99.5%

What went wrong? Battery 2%, suspension 2%

The RAV4 puts in an almost faultless performance, with just 2% of owners reporting issues with their cars. The battery and suspension were the only areas of concern, but all issues were dealt with in a day or less. Although only 50% of repairs were done for free, the remaining bills were less than £50 each. 

Owner’s view “It’s great to know I’m in an ultra-reliable car”

=2. Honda CR-V petrol (2012-2018)

Honda CR-V

Reliability rating 98.5%

Pick a petrol CR-V and it's three times less likely to go wrong than a diesel version; only 6% of petrol CR-Vs had a fault compared with 17% of diesels. However, remedial work wasn't quick when it was necessary; in all instances, it took more than a week. All repairs were carried out at no cost to owners though. 

=2. Lexus NX (2014-2021)

Lexus NX

Reliability rating 98.5%

The hybrid NX is a rather left-field choice among a sea of diesel large SUVs, but it's virtually bulletproof. Only 3% of cars developed a fault, having a problem with the battery, bodywork or non-engine electrics. All of the work was done at no charge, although 60% of cars took more than a week to put right. 

Least reliable large SUVs

1. Audi Q5 diesel (2008-2017)

Used Audi Q5 front

Reliability rating 73.4%

What went wrong? Suspension 38%, engine electrics 19%, bodywork 6%, brakes 6%, non-engine electrics 6%

Diesel Q5s suffered slightly more faults than petrol versions (44% of diesels went wrong, compared with 40% of petrols), and all petrol cars were repaired for free, whereas 31% of diesel owners had to contribute to the cost – and 8% of them faced bills ranging from £1001 to £1500. Twice as many diesel cars were rendered undriveable and took more than a week to fix. 

Owner’s view “The keyless entry and engine stop-start systems have been dodgy from the day I bought the car”

2. Nissan X-Trail (2014-2022)

Nissan X-Trail 2019 front tracking

Reliability rating 75.8%

It's a general tale of woe for X-Trail owners, with 32% of their cars going wrong and faults in every one of our 14 categories. It's been expensive for owners too, with 17% of faults costing more than £1500 to put right. Still, three-quarters of the cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week. 

3. Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014-present)

Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014 on) front three quarters

Reliability rating 80.8%

Owners reported faults with 36% of Discovery Sports, with air-con and engine electrics issues the most common, followed by engine and bodywork. Three-quarters of cars were fixed for free, but 5% cost £1000 or more. Most cars remained driveable, but 20% took more than a week to repair.

Reliability of large SUVs aged up to five years old

Rank  Make and model Score
1. Toyota RAV4 (2019-present) 99.5%
=2. Honda CR-V petrol (2012-2018) 98.5%
=3. Lexus NX (2014-2021) 98.5%
4. BMW X3 petrol (2018-present) 98.1%
5. Honda CR-V hybrid (2018-present) 97.6%
6. Alfa Romeo Stelvio diesel (2017-present) 97.3%
7. Volvo XC60 diesel (2008-2017) 96.7%
8. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014-2021) 96.0%
9. Honda CR-V diesel (2012-2018) 95.9%
10. BMW X3 diesel (2018-present) 95.7%
11. Audi Q5 petrol (2018-present) 95.1%
12. Ford Kuga petrol (2013-2020) 94.9%
=13. Kia Sorento diesel (2015-2020) 94.8%
=13. Mazda CX-5 petrol 2017-present) 94.8%
15. Jaguar F-Pace (2016-present) 94.7%
16. Mazda CX-5 diesel (2017-present) 94.6%
17. Volvo XC60 petrol (2017-present) 94.3%
=18. MG HS (2019-present) 92.8%
=18. Skoda Kodiaq diesel (2016-present) 92.8%
20. Ford Kuga diesel (2013-2020) 91.9%
21. Skoda Kodiaq petrol (2016-present) 91.6%
22. Volvo XC60 diesel (2017-present) 91.5%
23. Audi Q5 diesel (2018-present) 91.1%
24. Mercedes GLC (2015-present) 91.1%
25. Volvo XC60 hybrid (2017-present) 91.1%
26. Peugeot 5008 (2017-present) 90.9%
27. Seat Tarraco (2018-present) 89.8%
28. Ford Kuga hybrid (2019-present) 82.7%
29. Audi Q5 petrol (2008-2017) 81.5%
30. Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014-present) 80.8%
31. Nissan X-Trail (2014-2022) 75.8%
32. Audi Q5 diesel (2008-2017) 73.4%