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Most reliable new and used 4x4s and SUVs

Reliability scores from the 2010 Which? Car Survey

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Most reliable new and used 4x4s and SUVs according to the 2010 Which? Car Survey

With 66,669 owner reviews in 2010, the Which? Car Survey is the largest car reliability study in the UK.

The feedback we get from owners is used to determine which cars have the best reliability track records.

Here are the top five new and top five used 4x4s and SUVs according to last year’s survey.

New cars are models that were on sale new in 2010 and up to three years old. For the purposes of our survey, used cars are aged between four and eight years old.

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Reliable new 4x4s/SUVs

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Model year: 2006-

Reliability rating: 89%

Toyota is recognised as one of the top carmakers for producing reliable cars. The RAV4 has historically been a model that upheld that reputation, and the latest RAV4 scores an impressive 89% reliability rating. Diesel versions score more impressively for breakdowns and niggles.

Read the Which? Car full review of the Toyota RAV4

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

Model year: 2007–

Reliability rating: 89%

The Nissan X-Trail is a competent off-roader, and an ideal towing candidate. It scores a maximum five-star rating for lack of breakdowns, and fault reports are also better than average. Fuel system problems are reported most frequently.

Full Nissan X-Trail ratings here

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

Model year: 2005-2010

Reliability rating: 88%

The Kia Sportage was replaced last year, but this rating is purely for the earlier model. Brand reliability is high for Kia, despite being in the budget carmaker bracket, and the Sportage exemplifies this. Diesel and petrol models score equally, with very few faults reported.

Get all the ratings for the Kia Sportage here

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

Model year: 2008-

Reliability rating: 88%

The Kuga is Ford’s only traditional SUV at present. Owner satisfaction is very high, and that is aided by a strong reliability score. Breakdown and fault reports are infrequent, and result in an impressive 88% overall reliability rating. Non-engine electrics are the cause of most complaints.

Full review of the Ford Kuga available here

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

Model year: 2007-

Reliability rating: 87%

The Mitsubishi Outlander is the sister car to the Citroën C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007, so it’s an SUV with some off-roading capability. Overall reliability is good at 87%, which is better than Mitsubishi’s overall manufacturer rating of 81%. Diesels and petrols score similar results, with non-engine electrics the cause of most owner headaches.

Read the full Mitsubishi Outlander review here

Reliable used 4x4s/SUVs

BMW X3

BMW X3

BMW X3

Model year: 2004-2010

Reliability rating: 82%

Now replaced with the new BMW X3, the original model was introduced as the smaller sibling of the X5. Older models have a better reliability rating with fewer reports of breakdowns, faults and niggles across the board. Diesels and petrols get similar marks, with non-engine electrics the most commonly reported faults.

Full BMW X3 review available here

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Model year: 2004-

Reliability rating: 82%

This generation of the Toyota RAV4 has been available for almost seven years, hence why it appears in both the new and used reliable cars list. As a used option, the RAV4 scores almost as impressively as it does as a new car. Non-engine electrics on early diesel models caused the majority of concerns.

Read the full Toyota RAV4 review

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Model year: 2001-2007

Reliability rating: 82%

The Honda CR-V is very much a tarmac-biased 4×4. It scores highly for owner satisfaction and reliability, with diesel models on a par with petrols for breakdowns and faults. Brake problems are the most commonly reported issue among CR-V owners who responded to our survey.

Read the full Honda CR-V review

Lexus RX

Lexus RX

Lexus RX

Model year: 2003-2009

Reliability rating: 80%

The Lexus RX gets an impressively high ownership satisfaction rating, and reliability is good in older models. However, standards seem to have slipped in more recent cars, so models over four years old seem to be a better option. Look out for brake issues and problems with engine and non-engine electrics.

Read more about the Lexus RX here

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Model year: 2002-2008

Reliability rating: 79%

The Subaru Forester has four-wheel drive, but its closer to an estate car than many of the 4x4s here. It was discontinued three years ago, but still scores exceptionally well for breakdowns. Problems with brakes are the most frequently reported issue, according to the 2010 Which? Car Survey.

Subaru Forester full review here

 

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