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Best and worst older cars for reliability: large SUVs
We name the most dependable (and most troublesome) used cars from six to 15 years old, based on owners’ experiences...
The most reliable large SUVs
Reliability rating 95.8%
What went wrong? Air-con 6%, suspension 5%
Age is no barrier to dependability when it comes to the CR-V, with just 6% of owners reporting a fault. All petrol model problems were sorted within a day and diesel cars were back on the road in less than a week. Unsurprisingly for such an old model, no work was carried out for free – bills ranged from £201 to £750.
Owner comment: “My local independent garage owner says Hondas go on forever, and after 138,000 miles, this seems to be true of my car.”
Reliability rating 93.1%
Even though 24% of CX-5 owners reported faults with their cars, problems were resolved swiftly and costs were minimal. Eighty-three percent of cars were back on the road in less than a week, 63% of work was done for free and no bills exceeded £500. Brake, exhaust and steering problems were most common.
If you want a CR-V of this generation that won’t let you down, pick a petrol model, because they suffered almost half as many faults as diesels (19% compared with 36%). Remedial work was swift and affordable, too, with 40% of cars fixed the same day for free. Non-engine electrics were the most frequently cited issues.
The least reliable large SUVs
Reliability rating 59.3%
What went wrong? Exhaust 20%, engine 17%, battery 15%, brakes 7%, engine electrics 7% gearbox/clutch 7%, non-engine electrics 4%, air-con 2%, bodywork 2%, interior trim 2%, sat-nav 2%, steering 2%, suspension 2%
With a high proportion (44%) of cars suffering faults in at least one of our categories, and 17% of owners being landed with bills exceeding £1500, it’s no wonder the Discovery Sport takes the wooden spoon for reliability among large SUVs. The only saving grace is that 37% of the afflicted cars were fixed for free in a day or less.
Owner comment: “The number of faults the car has suffered is unacceptable for a supposed luxury vehicle. Many electrical problems and other issues."
Reliability rating 69.3%
Kia usually fares well for reliability, but the old Sorento isn’t ageing as well as its other models – 27% went wrong, and 57% of those spent more than a week at the garage. Worse still, 43% of repair bills topped £1500. Common issues centred on the brakes, gearbox/clutch, non-engine electrics, steering and suspension.
Reliability rating 75.0%
Costly repairs tarnish the reliability score of the Q5, with 36% of cars costing between £751 and £1000 to put right, and a further 18% landing owners with bills of more than £1500. The most common issues were with the bodywork and suspension, but brakes, exhausts, fuel systems and gearboxes/clutches also caused concern.
Reliability of large SUVs aged six to 15 years old
|Rank||Make and model||Score|
|1.||Honda CR-V 2006-2012||95.8%|
|2.||Mazda CX-5 diesel 2012-2017||93.1%|
|3.||Honda CR-V petrol 2012-2018||91.9%|
|=4.||Toyota RAV4 2006-2012||90.3%|
|=4.||Toyota RAV4 2013-2019||90.3%|
|=4.||Ford Kuga 2013-2020||90.3%|
|7.||Volvo XC60 2008-2017||88.3%|
|8.||BMW X3 2010-2018||86.0%|
|9.||Honda CR-V diesel 2012-2018||84.5%|
|10.||Audi Q5 diesel 2008-2017||75.0%|
|11.||Kia Sorento diesel 2010-2015||69.3%|
|12.||Land Rover Discovery Sport 2014-present||59.3%|
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