The most reliable SUVs in the UK
Here we count down the 10 most reliable SUVs on the market today...
SUVs are increasingly popular among both new and used car buyers, but you'll want to be sure your next 4x4 isn't going to let you down.
Each year, our Reliability Survey shows you which models will keep going until the end of time, and which are most likely to end up costing you a pretty penny at the dealer's service centre. And in 2019, our survey was bigger than ever before, thanks to the 18,119 readers who got in touch to tell us about the problems they've had with their cars over the last year.
As well as taking details of the problems experienced, we also took into account how long each took to be fixed, as well as how much our readers had to pay in repair bills. That data then helped us to form our unique reliability ratings.
In this story, we're looking at the reliability of SUVs up to five years old. In the case of each model, you can find out more by reading our in-depth reviews, or see how much we can save you on a new car with What Car? New Car Buying.
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10: Volvo XC60 (2017-on) 97.7%
While the Volvo XC60 starts our list here, it was actually the fourth most reliable large SUV in our survey, out-performing rivals including the Audi Q5 and Skoda Kodiaq.
10: Volvo XC60 - interior
The XC60 is a fine choice if you're looking for a larger SUV, too, with lots of standard kit, a superb driving position and a high-quality interior.
9= Mazda CX-5 petrol (2017-on) 97.8%
Petrol versions of the Mazda CX-5 prove to be the most reliable, but diesel versions aren't too far behind, with a score of 96.4%.
And in any case, the CX-5 performs better than some SUVs that cost a lot more, for example the latest BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace.
9= Mazda CX-5 - interior
Like both of those cars, the CX-5 only offer space for five, but it's still one of our favourite large SUVs thanks to its classy interior and tidy handling.
9= Peugeot 3008 diesel (2017-on) 97.8%
It's worth pointing out that while the diesel-engined Peugeot 3008 is the only version that makes it into this top 10, the petrol-engined alternative is only a few percentage points behind it in terms of reliability, with a score of 97%.
9= Peugeot 3008 - interior
As well as looking suitably stylish, the 3008 also has plenty of family friendly substance to back them up, with a high-quality interior, a large boot and a decent ride.
7: Audi Q3 petrol (2011-2018) 98%
The previous Audi Q3 performed very well in our Reliability Survey, but only in petrol form. Indeed, if you choose a diesel-engined version, the reliability rating slides to 90.4%.
Fortunately, the 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines available with the Q3 should suit the vast majority of buyers.
7: Audi Q3 - interior
Indeed, no petrol engines encountered trouble at all; the only gremlins were the bodywork and non-engine electrics, with some infotainment systems failing. Every car remained drivable, but half spent more than a week in the garage. All work was carried out for free.
6: Volvo XC40 (2018-on) 98.4%
The XC40 is a former What Car? Car of the Year, so we already know that it's both spacious and good to drive.
That it's also reliable comes as an added bonus, with an overall rating of 98.4%. And that rating is for both petrol and diesel engines, so no matter which fuel you choose, you can rest easy knowing that very little will go wrong.
6: Volvo XC40 - interior
In our results, only 11% of XC40s had a fault, and the affected areas were split evenly between the bodywork, fuel system and sat-nav.
This meant half were back on the road the same day and the others were repaired within a week. No owner was charged.
5: Kia Sportage (2016-on) 98.6%
The Kia Sportage is the most reliable family SUV in our survey, with very few cars going wrong.
5: Kia Sportage - interior
Of those that did, some of the faults were major, meaning that two-thirds of affected cars couldn't be driven for at least a week. That being said, all the repair work carried out was free.
4: Honda CR-V petrol (2012-2018) 98.7%
Petrol Honda CR-Vs perform far better than their diesel-engined equivalents, with just 11% experiencing a fault.
On petrol-engined cars, none of the faults that did appear concerned the engine, either, and were instead split evenly between the braking systems and the gearbox/clutch.
4: Honda CR-V - interior
Honda dealers repaired all of these the same day and charged no fees.
3: Mini Countryman (2017-on) 99.1%
Of the few (5%) Mini Countrymans which did experience issues, the main areas affected were the interior trim and non-engine electrics. All examples remained driveable and all were fixed in less than a week without costing their owners a penny.
3: Mini Countryman - interior
Other qualities that we like about the Mini Countryman, aside from its reliability, include its keen handling, its spacious boot and its good-quality interior.
2: Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019) 99.5%
It should be no surprise to see Toyota do well here – the Japanese brand has a solid reputation for reliability whether it's building city cars or pick-up trucks, and as our results show, it's well earned.
2: Toyota RAV4 - interior
Only 3% of all Toyota RAV4s had a problem, and even then the only area affected was non-engine electrics. As you might expect, all fixes were carried out under warranty and completed in less than a week.
1: Kia Soul (2014-2019) 100%
No Kia Soul went wrong for our owners – not a single one. And that's good, since three-quarters of the owners we surveyed said they considered reliability to be the most important thing when buying a new car.
1: Kia Soul - interior
This Korean-made small SUV has other attributes going for it as well, including a generous amount of kit, decent boot space and a tasteful interior.
If you want an SUV that really won't let you down, the Kia Soul is the one to get – and to that end, there's an all-new version coming soon.
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