Most and least reliable small SUVs

Small SUVs are the cars everyone wants to be seen in. Find out which are the most – and least – reliable models in our round-up...

Most and least reliable small SUVs

Small SUVs are generally desirable, practical and affordable to own. However, all of that can change if you end up with one that frequently breaks down.

That's where the annual What Car? Reliability Survey can help. Using feedback from more than 18,000 car owners, we've worked out which are the most and least dependable of 218 models from 31 brands. And in this article we reveal the best and worst small SUVs aged one to five years old.

We’re running our Reliability Survey again at the moment, so once you’ve read this story, please tell us about your own car.


The 10 most reliable small SUVs

10. Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka X (2012-present)

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite

Score 94.3%

Only 16% of Mokka and Mokka X owners said their car had suffered a fault, with the most commonly reported problems concerning the brakes and braking system. There were also a small number of reports of issues with the engine, exhaust and sat nav.

Most cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week and most repairs were done for free under warranty. No repair bills exceeded £200. 

Nissan Juke 1.6 [112] Tekna CVT auto [Bose/Exterior+ Pack]

Score 95.2%

The fault rate for previous-generation Jukes is only 16%, with the most commonly reported problems concerning the battery and engine electrics. There were also some issues with air con, engine and gearbox.

Almost all cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week for free under warranty; only a small percentage of owners had to pay bills of more than £1500. 

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=8. Mazda CX-3 (on sale 2016-present)

Mazda CX-3 Front

Score 95.2%

Slightly more (21%) of CX-3s had a problem, and most common area of concern was the air conditioning. A small percentage of owners also told us about issues with the bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics.

All cars could still be driven, most were back on the road in less than a week and the vast majority were fixed under warranty. Only a small percentage of owners paid up to £50 for repair work. 

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7. Ford Ecosport (2014-present)

Used Ford Ecosport 14-present

Score 95.3%

Although 19% of Ecosports had a fault, the only area affected was the battery. Half of cars couldn't be driven and took up to a week to fix, but all work was done for free under warranty. 

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6. Suzuki Ignis (2017-present)

Suzuki Ignis 2019 front

Score 96.5%

Only 5% Ignis owners said their car had gone wrong in the previous 12 months, and problem areas were split evenly between the sat nav and suspension.  

A third of cars couldn't be driven and took more than a week to fix, but others were sorted out the same day. All work was done under warranty.  

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