Top 10 most reliable used family SUVs

Buying the right used family SUV is important, because you don’t want it to leave your loved ones stranded. Here are the top 10 most dependable, according to owners...

Top 10 most reliable used family SUVs

Our 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey didn’t just tell us what went wrong with your car, but also what you valued most from it. We’ve crunched the data and for family SUV buyers, dependability is their top priority. 

To enable us to do this, we asked our readers to fill out our reliability questionnaire, asking them to rate their cars based on 14 different areas: air-con, battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, fuel system, gearbox, interior trim, non-engine electrics, sat-nav, steering and, lastly, suspension. From all this data, we were then able to create a unique reliability rating for each model: 218 overall over 31 brands.

In this top 10, we’ve highlighted the least troublesome family SUVs – t§he ones that have spent the least amount of time in the garage and haven’t left their owners out of pocket if they did have issues. 

We’re running the survey again for 2020, so once you’ve read this story, please consider taking part in this year’s survey. Last time, we had over 18,000 entries, and we’re hoping to beat that result as part of our continued efforts to bring you the information you’ll need to make a more informed choice when considering your next used purchase. But for now, here’s our top 10 list of the most reliable used family SUVs you can buy.

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10. Seat Ateca - 94.7%

Seat Ateca

Buyers looking for a sportier-handling family SUV will be well served by the Seat Ateca, and it seems that the vehicle itself will serve you well too, because it's pretty dependable. According to our data, 23.2% of respondents had problems, with the majority being for the air-con system, battery and interior trim. Most issues were resolved under warranty, but a number of them took over a week to sort out, which lowered this car’s overall score.

We found: 2017 Seat Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI SE Technology, 27,644 miles, £15,290

Read the used Seat Ateca review here

9. Toyota C-HR - 95.0%

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR may look quite quirky, but there are relatively few quirks when it comes to owning one. Most of the issues highlighted in the survey surrounded interior trim and troubles with the sat-nav system, but fixes often took longer than a day, affecting the C-HR’s score.   

We found: 2017 Toyota C-HR 1.2 Icon, 9729 miles, £13,895

Read the used Toyota C-HR review here

8. Kia Sportage - 95.3%

2014 Kia Sportage review

The previous-generation Kia Sportage is a fine family SUV because it has a decent-sized boot and plenty of space inside, plus it is also pretty reliable. Of the 20% that did have problems, most issues surrounded the engine electrics and gearbox, although because it's an older car, some owners had to dip into their savings to fix their Sportages. Mind you, the repair bills were often relatively small and a fair number of cars were still covered by Kia’s long seven-year warranty.

We found: 2015 Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2, 23,000 miles, £9790

Read the used 2010-2016 Kia Sportage review here