Least reliable older SUVs

There are plenty of temptingly-priced SUVs on the used market. But which are likely to give you years of trouble-free motoring, and which are prone to problems?...

Hyundai Santa Fe

Bottom three older SUVs for reliability

3. Hyundai Santa Fe (2006-2012)

What Car? Reliability Rating 61.6%

According to owners, 40% of Santa Fes went wrong, with engine electrics being the biggest cause for concern, followed by the engine, exhaust and fuel systems.

Nearly half of cars couldn’t be driven and took more than a week to fix. While some repairs were done for free, some cost more than £1500. 

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2. Land Rover Discovery (2004-2017)

Land Rover Discovery (2004-2017) front three quarters

What Car? Reliability Rating 60.2%

Owners told us 36% of previous-generation Discoverys went wrong, with engine and suspension issues the most common ailments, followed by the brakes and battery. A third of cars were out of action for more than a week, and while some costs were covered by the warranty, some owners paid out more than £1500.

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1. BMW X5 (2007-2013)

BMW X5 (07 - 13)

What Car? Reliability Rating 54.5%

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.