Least reliable older family SUVs

Buying secondhand will save you money on a family-sized SUV, but you need to pick a dependable one to avoid costly repair bills...

Volkswagen Tiguan

The three least reliable older family SUVs

3. Volkswagen Tiguan (2007-2016)

What Car? Reliability Rating 61.0%

Our data reveals that 38% of previous-generation Tiguans were faulty in a range of areas, including their suspension, gearbox/clutch, engine, exhaust and fuel system. More than a third couldn’t be driven and the majority took up to a week to put right. Although 19% were fixed for free, those who had to pay were landed with bills of £101 to £1500.

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2. Nissan Qashqai diesel (2014-present)

Nissan Qashqai front cornering - 63-plate car

What Car? Reliability Rating 46.3%%

Faults cropped up in 38% of the current Qashqai diesels we were told about, and although 20% were fixed under warranty, 35% cost more than £750 to sort and 15% topped £1500. Problem areas included the air-con, engine, infotainment, battery, engine electrics, fuel system and gearbox/clutch. Still, half of the faults were put right in less than a week.

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1. Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013)

3: Nissan Qashqai (2007 – 2013)

What Car? Reliability Rating 45.6%%

Although only 19% of older Qashqais had a problem, a third of them were rendered undriveable and 75% were off the road for more than a week. The most common problem areas were the air-con, battery, brakes, engine and exhaust. A quarter of repair bills cost at least £1000 and many exceeded £1500, although a third of owners got off more lightly, with bills of up to £300. 

Owner comment: “My car has spent 12 weeks in the garage in the past six months with a catalogue of faults. I’d never buy another Qashqai.”

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