Most (and least) reliable small SUVs

Small SUVs are the car of choice for a growing number of motorists, but how do you pick a dependable one? We reveal the most and least trustworthy...

Most and least reliable small SUVs - Audi Q2

For many people, small SUVs are the cars to be seen in. However, you don't want to be seen stranded by the side of the road in one, and if you pick a model that's prone to faults it could end up costing you as much as something much larger.

That's why we've used the data from our 2021 Reliability Survey, conducted in association with MotorEasy, to reveal which small SUVs should be dependable and which are more likely to let you down.

Looking exclusively at the results for cars aged up to five years old, we've named the most and least dependable models.

Volkswagen T-Roc R 2021 from right cornering

Reliability Rating 96.3%

Just 11% of T-Roc drivers suffered a fault with their vehicles. While most problems were to do with the sat nav/infotainment system, there were also issues with non-engine electrics, as well as the brakes. Nearly 78% of these issues were fixed for free, with only 11% of owners having to pay between £51-100. Thirty-three percent of cars were fixed in less than a day and were still driveable, while 11% were off the road for between one day to one week. 

Mini Countryman front - 19 plate

Reliability Rating 96.4%

The 16% of Countryman drivers who experienced complications with their vehicles told us that the troubles were primarily to do with bodywork. Sixty percent of these vehicles were still driveable and were fixed in less than a week with repairers covering the costs of 80% of bills. 

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=8. Suzuki Ignis (2016 - present)

Suzuki Ignis 2019 front

Reliability Rating 96.4%

According to owners, 11% of these little Suzuki SUVs experienced a fault. Difficulties were mainly to do with the gearbox and clutch but, despite this, 100% of vehicles were fixed in less than a day. It’s reliability score however is pulled down a little by the cost of repairs, with 68% of drivers having to pay between £51-100. 

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7. Suzuki Vitara (2015 - present)

Suzuki Vitara

Reliability Rating 97.1%

Among Vitara owners, 15% reported a fault, air-con and non-engine electrics being the most common. Suzuki and its dealers did cover the cost of all of these repairs though, with 67% of the vehicles still driveable and fixed within a day.

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6. Skoda Kamiq (2019 - present)

Skoda Kamiq front

Reliability Rating 97.4%

Only 25% of the Kamiqs that went wrong were fixed in less than a day, while a further 25% were in a repair shop for more than a week. Luckily, though, Skoda covered the costs of all 12% of the reported faults that occurred, most of which were surrounding non-engine electrics. 

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5. Hyundai Kona (2017 - present)

Hyundai Kona 2021 front cornering

Reliability Rating 98.4%

Hyundai covered the expense of 12% of Konas that were reported as faulty, with the issues predominantly to do with engine, engine electrics and air-con. Impressively, 67% of the vehicles were still driveable and were fixed in under a day. 

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4. Audi Q2 (2016 - present)

Audi Q2 2021 front

Reliability Rating 98.7%

Only 7% of Q2 owners reported a fault, and all of those were fixed for free. The faults typically surrounded a hiccup with non-engine electrics, but thankfully around 67% of cars could still be driven and were fixed in one day to one week.

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3. Citroen C3 Aircross (2017 - present)

Citroën C3 Aircross 2021 front right tracking

Reliability Rating 98.9%

A mere 6% of C3 drivers experienced a fault, mainly involving the exhaust. Even better, the cost of all faults was covered by Citroen and all cars were fixed in less than a week. 

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=1. Honda HR-V (2015 - present)

Honda HR-V

Reliability Rating 100%

The Honda HR-V comes in first place as the most reliable small SUV, with a 100% reliability rating and an exceptional zero faults.

Mazda CX-3 Front

Reliability Rating 100%

The CX-3 is one of the most reliable small SUVs according to our Reliability surveys, with an astounding zero faults reported.

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