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...

Volvo XC40, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4

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.

Volvo XC60 driving

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. 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.

Mazda CX-5 front and side

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. 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.

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9= Peugeot 3008 diesel (2017-on) 97.8%

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Peugeot 3008

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%. 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.

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