Best and worst older SUVs for reliability

If you want an SUV but can't afford new, there are plenty of used models to choose from. Find out which are the most – and least – reliable four- to 10-year-old SUVs...

08 March 2019
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Bottom 10 older SUVs for reliability

10. Volkswagen Tiguan 2007-2016

What Car? Reliability Rating 76.8%

A third (33%) of Tiguan owners reported a fault, with the engine, gearbox, non-engine electrics and suspension the most frequently cited problem areas. There were also issues with the brakes, bodywork and the exhaust and fuel system. Around two-thirds of cars could still be driven, but repair bills ranged from less than £50 to more than £1500. 

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9. Nissan X-Trail 2007-2014

Nissan X-Trail (07 - 14)

What Car? Reliability Rating 75.7%

Although 35% of X-Trail owners reported a fault on their car, the most common problem areas weren't too serious: the battery, bodywork, brakes and wheels. There were also electrical problems and faults with the fuel system, gearbox steering and suspension. Although most cars could still be driven, repair bills ranged from less than £50 to more than £500.  

Volvo XC90 (02 - 15)

What Car? Reliability Rating 73.1%

Fewer XC90s had a problem (27%), but the gearbox was the biggest concern, accounting for 14% of faults. We were also told about issues with the engine and its electrical systems and the steering. A third of cars were rendered undrivable, and some owners were landed with repair bills of more than £1500.

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7. Land Rover Freelander 2006-2014

Land Rover Freelander (06 - 14)

What Car? Reliability Rating 72.4%

A worrying 39% of Freelander owners reported a fault on their car, with the most frequently affected area the gearbox (11% of faults). There were problems in most areas of the car, too, ranging from bodywork and trim to electrical systems and the steering and suspension. Although the majority of cars were still drivable, repair bills ranged from less than £50 to more than £1500.  

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6. Hyundai Santa Fe 2006-2012

Used Hyundai Santa Fe 13-present

What Car? Reliability Rating 70.7%

Just under a third (32%) of Santa Fe owners reported a fault, with the gearbox and suspension the most commonly cited areas. Engine and engine electrics were also troublesome, along with the fuel system and air-con. Two-thirds of cars could still be driven, and repair bills ranged from free to £1000. 

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