Best and worst small SUVs for reliability

Small SUVs are the cars everyone wants to be seen in, but you won't want friends passing by as you sit at the roadside in a broken down vehicle, so you need to choose the most dependable model. F...

Best and worst small SUVs for reliability

Reliable small SUVs

Small SUVs are great for families. They're practical, roomy and generally affordable to own. They also need to be dependable - and that's where our our 2017 Reliability Survey can help.

We asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months. We asked how long the problem kept the car off the road and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

Those that had the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings, and those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest ratings.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the small SUV league.

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Best small SUVs for reliability

Skoda Yeti Outdoor

3. Skoda Yeti Outdoor

Score: 92.7%

The petrol version of the Yeti Outdoor isn't bullet-proof - 31% of cars had problems, the most common of which related to non-engine electrics. However, owners told us that most cars were fixed in less than a day and for free under warranty.

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Best small SUVs for reliability

Ford Kuga

2. Ford Kuga

Score: 92.8%

The diesel version of the Ford Kuga is impressively sturdy. Only 18% of owners reported problems with their cars and they were mostly electrical issues with the air-con and the infotainment system. Some of these incurred hefty repair bills, though.

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Best small SUVs for reliability

1. Volkswagen Tiguan

Score: 96.3%

Diesel-engined versions of Volkswagen’s Tiguan outperform the petrols for dependability, with only 5% of owners telling us about faults. The only area affected was non-engine electrics, and all issues were fixed under warranty in less than a week.

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Worst small SUVs for reliability

Jeep Renegade

3. Jeep Renegade

Score: 42.1%

It may look rugged, but the Jeep Renegade isn’t the sturdiest SUV you can buy. Nearly 43% of cars suffered from faults and many centred on serious issues, such as the engine, engine electrics and braking systems. Some cars were off the road for more than a week.

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Worst small SUVs for reliability

Fiat 500X

2. Fiat 500X

Score: 32.3%

Owners told us that more than 33% of Fiat 500Xs suffered a fault in the past year, with areas of concern split fairly evenly between bodywork and electrical issues (engine and non-engine). Although all were fixed under warranty, most took more than a day to put right.

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Worst small SUVs for reliability

Nissan Qashqai

1. Nissan Qashqai

Score: 28.9%

Nissan Qashqai petrol models gain the wooden spoon for small SUV reliability, with a 56% fault rate. Batteries, bodywork and non-engine electrics topped the long list of problem areas. The only good news is that most cars were fixed in less than a week for free.

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Read the full Reliability Survey results

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