Least reliable SUVs

There are plenty of SUVs to choose from, but they're not all as dependable as their rugged looks would imply. Here, we reveal the least reliable models, according to owners...

Land Rover Discovery cornering front three quarters

The three least reliable SUVs

3. Land Rover Discovery (2015-present)

Reliability rating: 77.9%

Although 34% of Discoverys had a problem, the most frequently cited areas were less crucial ones such as the bodywork and interior trim. There were a smaller number of issues with the air-con, gearbox/clutch and non-engine electrics. Two-thirds of the faulty cars were in the repair shop for more than a week, and although 96% of work was done under warranty, some owners paid out between £300 and £500.

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2. Range Rover Sport (2013-present)

Range Rover Sport front three quarters

Reliability rating: 74.2%

The Range Rover Sport is the least dependable luxury SUV, with faults across a wide range of areas, including air-con, bodywork, brakes, engine and non-engine electrics, the fuel system, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, steering and suspension. Owners told us that 40% of their cars had gone wrong, a worryingly high proportion of them with engine problems. A third of the cars couldn’t be driven and nearly half took more than a week to repair. The good news is that 98% of them were fixed for free.

Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014 on) front three quarters

Reliability rating: 73.1%

A whopping 49% of Discovery Sports went wrong, with the model chalking up problems in every one of our 15 different fault categories. The most commonly cited problem areas were the exhaust system, electrics, engine and battery. Half of cars could still be driven, but a third took more than a week to put right. While 88% were fixed for free, non-warranty repair bills ranged from less than £50 to £1000.

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