The most reliable family SUVs - and the least

Family SUVs might be bought for their style and practicality, but they also need to be robust enough to withstand the rigours of daily life. So, which are the most and least reliable?...

Family SUVs need to satisfy the needs of all the family. The best are entertaining to drive, have a cosseting interior and are packed with enough features to keep little passengers happy. Image 1 of 27

Most importantly they need to be utterly dependable – after all, it's every parent's worst nightmare to be stuck on a motorway hard shoulder with a car-load of tired children waiting for a recovery truck to turn up. 

That's where the What Car? Reliability Survey can help. Using feedback from more than 18,000 car owners, we've rated 218 models from 31 brands, based on how many faults they suffered in the last year, how long each problem kept the car off the road and the cost of any repairs.

Here we reveal the best and worst family SUVs aged one to five years old. And we're running our Reliability Survey again at the moment, so once you’ve read the story, please tell us about your own car.