Most and 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?...

Most and least reliable older SUVs

SUVs are hugely popular and that means there are plenty to choose from on the secondhand market. However, buying used can mean you're taking on someone else's problem child, so you need to pick carefully.

That's where the What Car? Reliability Survey comes in. With data from more than 18,000 car owners, we've rated 218 models from 31 brands, based on how many faults they suffered in the last year, how long each problem kept the car off the road and the cost of any repairs.

Here we use that data to name the most and least dependable SUVs, aged five to 15 years old. And we're currently running our reliability survey again, so once you’ve read the story, please tell us about your own car


Top 10 older SUVs for reliability

10. Audi Q5 (2008-2017)

Audi Q5 (08 - 17)

What Car? Reliability Rating 89.6%

While 30% of previous-generation Q5 owners reported a fault with their car, a third were minor issues with interior trim; the other problem areas were the exhaust system and suspension. 

Virtually all cars could still be driven and half were sorted out the same day. A third were repaired under warranty and those that did pay shelled out between £50 and £750. 

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9. Vauxhall Mokka (2012-present)

Vauxhall Mokka X

What Car? Reliability Rating 92.1%

Although 19% of Mokkas went wrong, the problem areas weren't all the most serious: issues were split evenly between the battery, braking system and engine electrics. 

Three quarters of cars could still be driven and most were out of the garage in less than a week. More than half were put right under warranty and repair bills ranged from less than £50 to £300. 

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8. Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018)

VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne recalled in the UK

What Car? Reliability Rating 90.8%

Only 14% of previous-generation Touaregs went wrong, with the areas concerned split evenly between the bodywork and gearbox. 

All cars could still be driven and most were fixed in less than a week. Two thirds of work was done under warranty, but a third of owners paid more than £1500. 

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7. Toyota RAV4 (2006-2012)

Toyota RAV4 (06 - 12)

What Car? Reliability Rating 93.1%

The RAV4 is ageing well. Only 17% of the cars we were told about had a problem and they were split evenly between the exhaust system and the suspension. 

All cars could still be driven and were repaired in less than a week. Repair bills ranged from £101 to £500.  

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6. Nissan Juke (2010-2019)

Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Acenta

What Car? Reliability Rating 93.9%

The little Nissan Juke is a far more dependable choice than the larger Qashqai. Owners said 18% of cars had a problem affecting air-con, battery and brakes in equal measure.

All of the cars could still be driven and most were repaired the same day, with costs ranging from £51 to £300. 

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