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Best and worst older cars for reliability: small SUVs
We name the most dependable (and most troublesome) used cars from six to 15 years old, based on owners’ experiences...
The most reliable small SUVs
Reliability rating 100%
What went wrong? Nothing
There are plenty of good reasons to buy a Vitara, but the most compelling has to be its faultless reliability record. According to owners, it’s the most steadfast model in Suzuki’s line-up, as well as the best small SUV in our survey. No owners reported a single fault in the previous 12 months of motoring.
Owner comment: “Better than other models we’ve had from mainstream and prestige brands in terms of reliability.”
Reliability rating 99.1%
We were told about petrol and diesel Soul models. The former are the best bet if you’re after a dependable small SUV because they were fault-free, while 20% of diesels suffered problems with their suspension. Owners were well looked after, though. All cars were put right at no cost and within a day.
Only 17% of Freelander owners reported troubles with their cars, setting it apart from many newer, more tech-laden Land Rover models. The battery and non- engine electrics were the main concerns. What’s more, 75% of issues were rectified within a day and no bills exceeded £500.
The least reliable small SUVs
Reliability rating 83.0%
What went wrong? Engine 13%, bodywork 6%, non-engine electrics 6%, steering 6%, suspension 6%
Contenders in this hotly contested car class are among the most reliable, so none of our lowest rated small SUVs have an atrocious reliability record. Still, 25% of Countrymans went wrong, with engine, non-engine electrics, steering and suspension issues. Four out of five cars were fixed in less than a week and only one in five cost £751 to £1000.
Owner comment: “I really like my car, but it has a number of annoying faults, including the engine warning light regularly lighting up on the dash for no reason.”
Reliability rating 85.3%
Fewer petrol Jukes suffered faults than diesels: 24% compared with 31%. Both had air-con, exhaust and non-engine electrical issues, with the diesels adding engine and exhaust maladies. Just over a third of cars lingered in garages for more than a week, and petrol owners had the highest bills: 25% were more than £501.
Reliability rating 88.4%
Exhaust and engine woes afflicted a quarter of Mokkas, but most problems were quick and easy to sort out. All cars could still be driven and 64% were fixed in a day or less, with 46% of work done for free. Bills came to no more than £200 in most other cases, but a less fortunate 9% shelled out more than £1500.
Reliability of small SUVs aged six to 15 years old
|Rank||Make and model||Score|
|1.||Suzuki Vitara 2015-present||100%|
|2.||Kia Soul 2014-2019||99.1%|
|3.||Land Rover Freelander 2006-2014||91.6%|
|4.||Renault Captur 2013-2019||89.6%|
|5.||Vauxhall Mokka 2012-2016||88.4%|
|6.||Nissan Juke 2010-2019||85.3%|
|7.||Mini Countryman 2010-2017||83.0%|
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