Tough, sturdy, durable…you’d expect most 4x4s that claim off-road ability to be able to stand the test of time. Unfortunately that’s not always the case – one 4×4 tops our overall table of most reliable cars under three years old, another comes rock bottom.
With snow on the doorstep, 4x4s are becoming ever more popular. However, the latest Which? Car Survey shows an average reliability score of just 87% for the 4×4 sector, meaning you might still end up getting stuck, just in a garage instead of in the snow.
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Most reliable new 4×4/SUV: Skoda Yeti (09-)
A host of compact ‘crossover’ SUVs have been launched recently, but it’s the Skoda Yeti, which takes top spot in our reliability survey. The petrol-powered Yeti gained the top score with the diesel version just behind.
And the average annual repair cost for the Yeti was also the best in class at just £6 – not bad considering the worst offender chalked up repair costs of £85 per year.
Find out the five highest-rated new 4x4s/SUVs for reliability
Least reliable new 4×4/SUV: Land Rover Range Rover Sport (05-)
It might be luxurious, fast and well-equipped but the Range Rover Sport comes bottom of our reliability survey with a score that’s 30% lower than the Yeti. With prices starting at over £50,000 (that’s £35,000 more than a Yeti) you might be forgiven for thinking you shouldn’t encounter any breakdowns early on in the car’s life.
But a breakdown proportion of 13% shows that this car is more likely to break down than all but one of the 196 cars included in the survey.
Find out the five lowest-rated new 4x4s/SUVs for reliability