Buy Japanese if you want reliability from your used 4×4 – but think twice about a Land Rover. That’s the message from the latest Which? Car Survey, which runs every year and enables us to collect crucial data from owners on factors such as reliability and customer satisfaction.
These scores are fed into every review to give you the best idea of how a car will perform over a number of years. The survey results are particularly important for used cars – not least because of their age, but also because they are likely to be out of warranty. Here we reveal which used 4x4s (from three to eight years old) proved the most reliable in the 2012 Which? Car Survey.
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Most reliable used 4×4
The Toyota RAV4 (2006-) trumps all its rivals when it comes to the reliability of 4x4s from three to eight years old. The third-generation Toyota soft-roader has enjoyed great sales success across Europe, thanks to its 4×4 practicality combined with the road manners of a regular hatchback.
An overall reliability score of 91.2% in our survey is impressive indeed. And with just 1% of owners experiencing breakdowns in the last year, the average annual repair cost is only £25.
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Least reliable used 4×4
The 2004-2009 Land Rover Discovery 3 certainly offers great utilitarian qualities and generous interior space. But reliability is its Achilles’ heel – it’s been propping up the wrong end of the Which? Car Survey reliability table for some time.
A reliability score of just 40.6% for the Disco 3 puts this car in last place by some margin. It seems the Land Rover is also prone to hitting your wallet hard when it needs repairing – the average annual repair cost is £399.
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