Best and worst older small SUVs for reliability

Small SUvs are the 'it' cars of 2018 - everyone wants to be seen in the latest model. You don't want to be seen sitting at the roadside in a broken down car, though. To help you find a small SUV...

Best and worst older small SUVs for reliability

Best older small SUVs

Every manufacturer is rushing to bring out a small SUV because they're the cars everybody wants to be seen in right now.

Just because they're popular, doesn't mean they'll be dependable, though. The best will provide virtaully fault-free driving with few repair bills, but the worst could leave you without wheels for more than a week and landed with a repair bill of more than £1500.

To help you choose the most durable model, we asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months, how long the problem had kept the car off the road for and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

The results of our reliability survey can help you identify the most and least durable small SUVs aged four to 10 years old.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the small SUV car league for cars aged up to three years old.

Read the full reliability survey results for cars aged 0-3yrs

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Best older small SUVs

Used Audi Q3

5. Used Audi Q3

Score 70.2%

Although 53% of used Q3s had problems, many concerned minor issues, such as non-engine electrics and engine electrics. One area of concern was the gearbox/clutch, which was reported as problematic by 20% of owners.

Read our full review of the used Audi Q3

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Audi Q3 interior

5. Used Audi Q3

Score 70.2%

Half of the faulty cars were undriveable, but a third of them were fixed for free. Only a small percentage of owners reported bills of up to £1500.

Read our full review of the used Audi Q3

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Used Nissan Qashqai

4. Used Nissan Qashqai

Score 70.7%

The diesel version of the previous-generation Nissan Qashqai is proving sturdier than the petrol. Although 42% of cars suffered a fault, most (18%) were minor niggles with interior electrics.

Read our full review of the current Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan Qashqai interior

4. Used Nissan Qashqai

Score 70.7%

Other problem areas included the engine and engine electrics, but two thirds of Qashqais remained driveable and most were fixed for less than £500.

Read our full review of the current Nissan Qashqai

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Used Volkswagen Tiguan

3. Used Volkswagen Tiguan

Score 71.2%

Although 34% of diesel Tiguans had faults, the most common problem areas were non-engine electrics (10%). More serious problems, relating to the engine and suspension, affected 6% and 7% of cars respectively.

Read our full review of the used Volkswagen Tiguan

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Volkswagen Tiguan interior

3. Used Volkswagen Tiguan

Score 71.2%

Almost 60% of cars remained driveable and were repaired in less than a week. While 40% were fixed for free, 12% of owners were landed with bills of up to £1500.

Read our full review of the used Volkswagen Tiguan

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Used Skoda Yeti

2. Used Skoda Yeti

Score 85.0%

It's the petrol-engined Yeti that proves the most rugged, with owners only reporting faults on 24% of cars. Non-engine electrics account for 60% of problems.

Read our full review of the used Skoda Yeti

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Used Skoda Yeti boot

2. Used Skoda Yeti

Score 85.0%

Although 40% of problems related to the engine, nearly two thirds of cars remained driveable. Impressively, all cars were back on the road in less than a week and no repair bills exceeded £200.

Read our full review of the used Skoda Yeti

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Used Nissan Juke

1. Used Nissan Juke

Score 97.0%

Nissan's smallest SUV is proving the sturdiest of the line-up. Just 13% of owners reported a fault on their car, and those mostly related to the digital radio and other non-engine electrics.

Read our full review of the used Nissan Juke

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Nissan Juke interior

1. Used Nissan Juke

Score 97.0%

All the cars we were told about remained driveable and were back on the road in less than a day; 50% were fixed for free and no owners faced bills exceeding £300.

Read our full review of the used Nissan Juke

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Used Hyundai ix35

5. Used Hyundai ix35

Score 62.0%

A shocking 55% of diesel engined ix35s had faults, with 15% of them relating to suspension and 10% to the fuel system. Many were on less serious areas, though, such as engine electrics (15%) and bodywork (10%).

Read our full review of the used Hyundai ix35

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Used Hyundai ix35

5. Used Hyundai ix35

Score 62.0%

The good news is that 77% of cars remained driveaable and 55% were fixed for free in less than a week. Of those owners who had to pay for repairs, none shelled out more than £500.

Read our full review of the used Hyundai ix35

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Used BMW X1

4. Used BMW X1

Score 60.0%

Only 30% of owners of diesel engined X1s reported faults on their cars, but the areas affected included engines, engine electrics and the gearbox and clutch.

Read our full review of the current BMW X1

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Used BMW X1

4. Used BMW X1

Score 60.0%

That said, 80% of cars remained driveable and 60% were fixed for free. Most owners shelled out £300 or less; only a few had to pay up to £500.

Read our full review of the current BMW X1

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Mini Countryman

3. Used Mini Countryman

Score 56.9%

A shocking 45% of diesel-engined Mini Countrymans suffered a fault, although the majority of these related to non-engine electrical systems. A small percentage of owners reported troubles with the suspension, gearbox and and fuel system.

Read our full review of the current Mini Countryman

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Mini Countryman interior

3. Used Mini Countryman

Score 56.9%

Less than half of the cars we were told about remained driveable and repair bills ranged from £0 to £1500.

Read our full review of the current Mini Countryman

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Land Rover Freelander 2

2. Used Land Rover Freelander 2

Score 51.2%

Although only 30% of owners reported faults with their diesel Freelanders, the faults encompassed a large number of areas, including 14% of cars that suffered problems with the rear differential or four-wheel drive system and the same anount with gearbox or clutch issues.

Read our full review of the used Land Rover Freelander 2

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Land Rover Freelander 2

2. Used Land Rover Freelander 2

Score 51.2%

The good news is that 88% of cars remained driveable and were back on the road in less than a week. And 38% were fixed for free and most repair bills were small.

Read our full review of the used Land Rover Freelander 2

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Used Kia Sportage

1. Used Kia Sportage

Score 43.0%

Owners reported faults on 48% of diesel engined versions of the previous Sportage. The most commonly affected areas were the gearbox/clutch (16%), followed by suspension (10%).

Read our full review of the used Kia Sportage

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Used Kia Sportage

1. Used Kia Sportage

Score 43.0%

The good news is that 73% of cars remained driveable and were repaired for free in less than a week. Most repair bills that were paid were less than £200, with only a very few totting up to £1000.

Read our full review of the used Kia Sportage