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Most and least reliable used cars: large SUVs

We name the most dependable – and most troublesome – used cars aged from six to 20 years old, based on owners’ experiences...

Honda CR-V

The most reliable large SUVs 

1. Honda CR-V (2006-2012)

Reliability rating 95.7%

Even though some of the CR-Vs reported on are up to 15 years old, they're still proving pretty bulletproof. Only 10% of the cars in our survey went wrong, with owners reporting problems with the air-con, engine, gearbox and sat-nav. Most cars remained driveable and two-thirds of repairs were completed in a day or less. Understandably, no cars were fixed for free, but two-thirds of bills were below £300 and nobody paid out more than £750 to get their car repaired.  

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2. Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019)

Reliability rating 94.1%

Toyota RAV4 hybrid front driving shot 2015

Battery issues were the most common complaint from the 17% of RAV4 owners whose cars were faulty. There were also a small number of problems with the brakes and various electrical systems. Thirty percent of cars were fixed for free, and no repair bills topped £200. Just as impressive, 80% of remedial work was done in a day or less, and all cars were back on the road in less than a week. 

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3. Honda CR-V petrol (2012-2018)

Reliability rating 92.8%

Honda CR-V

Petrol CR-Vs are far less prone to problems than diesel models: 18% of petrol cars went wrong, compared with 34% of diesels. The main bugbears were issues with the bodywork, electrics and gearbox/clutch. Almost all the cars reported on remained driveable, and half were out of the garage within a day. Even better news is that 21% of remedial work was done for free, and most owners who had to pay were charged less than £200. Only 5% of repairs cost between £1000 and £1500. 

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The least reliable large SUVs

3. Ford Kuga (2008-2013)

Reliability rating 61.6%

2: Ford Kuga (2008 – 2012)

Exhaust issues were the most common complaint of the 35% of older Kuga owners who reported a fault with their car. They also told us they had problems with the battery, brakes, electrics, engine, fuel system and suspension. While 50% of repair bills were below £200, 12% of owners paid out much more – between £751 and £1500. Faults rendered 35% of car undriveable, and 45% were in the workshop for more than a week. 

2. Nissan X-Trail (2014-2021)

Reliability rating 58.3%

Nissan X-Trail 2019 RHD front right tracking

Not only does the X-Trail suffer a high percentage of faults, in many cases it has also been costly and time-consuming to fix. Forty-five percent of X-Trails went wrong, with problems in a range of areas including the air-con, battery, brakes, electrics, engine and gearbox. Owners told us that faults rendered 35% of their cars undriveable, and 40% of them took more than a week to repair. Although a third of repairs were done for free, 50% of cars cost up to £500 to fix and 10% cost more than £1500.

1. Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014-present)

Reliability rating 55.4%

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport suffers lots of problems – 44% of the cars in our survey went wrong – and it can be expensive and slow to put right. The most common problem areas were the battery, electrics, engine, exhaust and steering. Although 34% of cars were fixed for free, 22% of owners were landed with bills in excess of £1500. Most cars could still be driven, but 25% were off the road for more than a week. 

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Reliability of large SUVs aged six to 20 years old

Rank Make and model Score
1. Honda CR-V (2006-2012) 94.7%
2.  Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019) 94.1%
3. Honda CR-V petrol (2012-2018) 98.2%
4. Ford Kuga diesel (2013-2020) 88.9%
5. Subaru Forester (2013-2019) 88.6%
6. Honda CR-V diesel (2012-2018) 86.0%
7. BMW X3 diesel (2010-2018) 84.9%
8. Volvo XC60 diesel (2008-2017) 84.2%
9. Mazda CX-5 diesel (2012-2017) 83.9%
10. Toyota RAV4 (2006-2012) 79.6%
11. Audi Q5 diesel (2008-2017) 78.8%
12. Jaguar F-Pace (2016-present) 72.5%
13. Nissan X-Trail (2007-2014) 72.4%
14. Kia Sorento diesel (2010-2015) 71.2%
15. Hyundai Santa Fe (2013-2018) 68.7%
16. Ford Kuga (2008-2013) 61.6%
17. Nissan X-Trail (2014-2021) 58.3%
18. Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014-present) 55.4%

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