Research gathered from vehicle warranty databases by Warranty Direct has revealed the most – and least – dependable 4x4s and SUVs.
Honda’s HR-V (1998-2006) performed best, with only three in 100 recording a fault in the last 12 months, followed by Suzuki’s Grand Vitara (2005 onwards).
In stark contrast, Land Rover’s Range Rover (2002-onwards) was shown to be the most break down prone off-roader – two thirds of its reported faults were suspension or electrical hiccups – behind the Jeep Grand Cherokee (1999-2005) and Volkswagen’s Touareg (2003 onwards).
The study of nearly 16,000 three- to eight-year-old 4x4s and SUVs revealed the market segment to have some of the most expensive to run vehicles on Warranty Direct’s books.
Nevertheless, there’s no better type of vehicle to tackle harsh weather conditions or off-road terrain.
The top-10 is dominated by Japanese and Korean manufacturers, but Land Rover’s Freelander (2006 onwards) breaks their stranglehold, with only one in five breaking down annually and a modest average repair cost.
The study used Warranty Direct’s unique Reliability Index ratin, which takes into account how often vehicles break down, average repair cost and time spent in the garage to calculate its overall reliability. The lower the Reliability Index number, the more reliable and cheaper to repair the car.
Top 10 rated 4x4/SUVs
- Honda HR-V (98-06)
- Suzuki Grand Vitara (05-)
- Honda CR-V (07-)
- Subaru Forester (02-08)
- Mitsubishi Outlander (99-06)
- Kia Sportage (05-)
- Land Rover Freelander (06-)
- Nissan X-Trail (07-)
- Kia Sorento (03-)
- Hyundai Santa Fe (01-06)
Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher said: “Modern 4x4s are a far cry from the noisy and uncomfortable off-roaders of the past. They are fairly expensive to run but our study shows that there’s a handful of incredibly reliable 4x4s which won’t break the bank.
Bottom-five rated 4x4/SUVs
- Land Rover Range Rover (02-)
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (99-05)
- Volkswagen Touareg (03-)
- BMW X5 (00-07)
- Volvo XC90 (02-)
In contrast to the top 10, none of the bottom-five rated 4x4s hail from the East, instead they originate from Europe or America.