Diesel-engined versions of Volkswagen’s Tiguan outperform the petrols for dependability, with only 5% of owners telling us about faults. The only issue was non-engine electrical faults, which were fixed under warranty in less than a week.
The Ford Kuga also proves impressively sturdy. Only 18% of the diesel versions we were told about had problems and they were mostly electrical issues with the air-con and the infotainment system. Some of these incurred hefty repair bills, though.
Skoda’s Yeti Outdoor isn’t quite as robust, with 31% of cars having problems, the most common of which related to non-engine electrics. But none lingered in the garage for more than a week and most were fixed in less than a day and for free under warranty.
Nissan Qashqai petrol models gain the wooden spoon for small SUV reliability, with a 56% fault rate. Batteries, bodywork and non-engine electrics topped the long list of problem areas. The only good news is that most cars were fixed in less than a week for free.
Owners told us that more than 33% of Fiat 500Xs have had a fault in the past year, with areas of concern split fairly evenly between bodywork and electrical issues (engine and non-engine). Although all were fixed under warranty, most took more than a day to put right.
It may look rugged, but the Jeep Renegade isn’t the sturdiest SUV you can buy. Nearly 43% of cars suffered from faults and many centred on serious issues, such as the engine, engine electrics and braking systems. Some cars were off the road for more than a week.