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Most and least reliable used cars: luxury SUVs

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

Volkswagen Touareg

The most reliable luxury SUVs

1. Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018)

Reliability rating 89.3%

Nearly 80% of the Touaregs we were told about didn't go wrong in the previous 24 months. Electrical issues that were often quick to fix were the main concern of the 21% of Touareg owners who reported a fault with their car. Nine out of 10 faulty cars could still be driven, and 55% were remedied in a day or less. Volkswagen covered the cost of 36% of repairs, and most of those who had to pay were charged less than £300. That said, 18% of owners faced bills of more than £1500.

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2. Volvo XC90 (2002-2015)

Reliability rating 85.4%

Volvo XC90

The XC90 is proving pretty robust as it ages. Only 14% of the cars in our survey developed a fault, and the only areas concerned were the brakes, electrics and interior trim. Eighty-three percent of cars could still be driven and their issues were resolved in a day or less. Although Volvo didn't cover the cost of any repairs, most bills were less than £500. However, 17% of owners had to pay out more than £1500. 

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3. Range Rover Sport (2014-2022)

Reliability rating 80.9%

Range Rover Sport '15 plate front corner

Although 41% of Range Rover Sports suffered a fault, most were minor electrical issues that were rectified fairly quickly and cheaply. Owners told us that 80% of cars could still be driven, and 63% of issues were sorted out within a day. Land Rover paid for the repairs on 29% of cars, and most bills were below £500. That said, 14% of owners had to pay out between £1001 and more than £1500. 

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The least reliable luxury SUVs

3. Range Rover (2013-present)

Reliability rating 70.8%

Range Rover cornering front three quarters

A fairly high percentage of faults that kept cars off the road for a long time were the main bugbears of Range Rover owners. They told us 32% of their cars had gone wrong, with engine problems the most frequent issue, followed by faults with the battery, brakes, exhaust and suspension. Thankfully, Land Rover covered the cost of 58% of repairs and most bills were less than £500. However, 32% of cars were rendered undriveable by faults, and 55% were in the garage for more than a week.

2. Audi Q7 (2006-2015)

Reliability rating 67.6%

Audi Q7

The main gripes from Q7 owners related to problems with their cars' braking systems and suspension. Overall, 36% of Q7s went wrong, with owners also telling us about problems with the air-con, electrics, engine, exhaust and steering. All faulty cars could still be driven, but half were stuck in workshops for more than a week. Sixty-two percent of owners paid up to £500 to get their cars fixed, and the rest paid up to £1500. 

1. Land Rover Discovery (2004-2017)

Reliability rating 47.8%

Used Land Rover Discovery front corner

Engine and suspension issues were the biggest headaches for the 46% of Discovery owners who told us their car had suffered a fault. They also complained about problems with the battery, brakes, electrics and fuel system. The slightly good news is that 25% of cars were fixed within a day, and 50% were back on the road in less than a week. It's not such promising news when it comes to repair bills, though: 50% of owners paid up to £750, and another 24% paid more than £1500. 

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Reliability of luxury SUVs aged six to 20 years old

Rank Make and model Score
1. Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018) 89.3%
2. Volvo XC90 (2002-2015) 85.4%
3. Range Rover Sport (2014-2022) 80.9%
4. Porsche Macan diesel (2014-present) 76.8%
5. BMW X5 (2013-2018) 72.4%
6. Range Rover (2013-present) 70.8%
7. Audi Q7 (2006-2015) 67.6%
8. Land Rover Discovery (2004-2017) 47.8%

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