The most reliable SUVs

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. Here, we count down the highest scores from our latest Reli...

Audi Q3

7. Audi Q3 petrol (2011-2018) 98%

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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. 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. 

Volvo XC40 front three quarters

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. 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.

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is the most reliable family SUV in our survey, with very few cars going wrong. 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.

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