Most reliable 4x4s and SUVs

Audi Q3 front tracking
Credits: Otis Clay
9 May, 2014 10:00am Sam Naylor

The most reliable 4x4s and SUVs are revealed by the 2014 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey

The first off-roaders were designed to tackle any terrain and be easy to fix in the worst conditions the world has to offer. These days, however, SUVs are mainly used on the road and will never be repaired by their owners.

That's not to say they will never break down, though, so it's useful to know which are the most reliable 4x4s and SUVs on sale now - and the Driver Power 2014 survey has revealed the top models.

With over 50,000 responses from car owners across the UK, the Driver Power is the biggest survey of its kind and gives us a unique insight into the reliability of the cars on sale in Britain. Here we've listed the top 10 most reliable cars, as rated by their owners, in the 4x4 category.

Thanks to the survey data there are results for over 30 4x4s and SUVs, and you can see the full list of cars at the bottom of this page. Japanese, German and French manufacturers have done well in the reliability rankings this year, with Land Rover falling to the bottom of the table - in fact, three of its models sit at the bottom of our table. Don't be to put off by that, however, as the ratings for reliability were still over 80 per cent.

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Driver Power 2014: top 10 most reliable 4x4s and SUVs

10: Nissan Qashqai Mk2

Driver Power reliability score: 94.12%

Nissan Qashqai 2014 static

The new Nissan Qashqai follows on from the strengths of the original model by offering low running costs and everyday practicality mixed with the styling of an SUV. There's loads of in-car tech too, including front collision avoidance, drowsiness detection, blind spot warning, traffic sign recognition and cameras to help you park.

That means it's a very safe car, but it also impressed owners when it comes to reliability. The car hasn't been out too long, so it's hard to say if it will be reliable in the long term, but we do know that the Qashqai has impressed its owners so far.

9. Range Rover Evoque

Driver Power reliability score: 94.15%

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque static

With some of Land Rover's models languishing at the bottom of the table (see below), it's a surprise to see the Evoque scoring so highly for reliability - but it proves that this new model has been engineered well and is impressing its owners in this category.

There have been a few recalls over the time the car has been on sale, but it does look like owners are satisfied with the car overall - it ranked a respectable 36th overall in the top 150 cars.

8. BMW X3 Mk2

Driver Power reliability score: 94.19%

BMW X3 front tracking

The BMW X3 is one of the top cars to own in the UK, according to owners, who rated it highly for performance, ease of driving, ride quality and (importantly) reliability. That means it placed 12th overall in the top 150 cars, but an handy 8th out of all the 4x4s and SUVs for reliability.

The X3 is a solid choice however you look at it with its spacious interior, comfortable ride and range of efficient and powerful diesel engines.

7. Mazda CX-5

Driver Power reliability score: 94.74%

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a stylish and well-equipped SUV with a range of efficient engines - and it's also one of the most reliable SUVs out there, with owners rating it highly for both reliability and build quality. It also benefits from a five-star Euro NCAP score and a host of extra safety equipment included on the options list, so it makes a great family car.

6. Dacia Duster

Driver Power reliability score: 94.83%

Dacia Duster front tracking

Although owners didn't rate the Dacia Duster, Britain's cheapest SUV, highly for build quality, it appears they haven't had too much trouble with it breaking down, as it nearly reached the top five for reliability in the SUV class.

It's an excellent choice if you're looking for a cheap, dependable runabout capable of taking on some rougher rural roads. Thanks to the low price you might consider buying new when you would otherwise go for a used car, so there's the benefit of a manufacturer warranty as well.

5. Honda CR-V Mk3

Driver Power reliability score: 94.83%

Honda CR-V front action

The Honda CR-V pipped the Dacia Duster into the top five by such a small amount that you have to look at the third decimal place to separate them. Honda has a strong reputation for reliability and the CR-V making this list will be no surprise to many. It scored equally highly for build quality in the survey - in fact, it scored highly in nearly every category, so the Honda is one of the best cars in this class to own.

4. Renault Captur

Driver Power reliability score: 95.04%

Renault Captur automatic 2014 action

The Renault Captur is a new crossover based on the Clio, and it boasts stylish looks, a practical interior and a strong result in the reliability category.

Its owners can't have owned one for very long, as it makes its Driver Power debut this year, so we can't be sure about long-term reliability, but the range of engines is tried and tested in the Clio, so it should prove to be dependable.

3. Skoda Yeti

Driver Power reliability score: 96.45%

Skoda Yeti 2014 front

The Skoda Yeti has taken the top spot in the Driver Power's top 150 cars list for three years running, and with top scores in almost every category, including reliability, it's easy to see why.

The Yeti came in 8th place out of all the cars on sale for reliably, making it the third-best SUV, but it topped the overall chart for ease of driving. It's a very practical family car with an affordable price and excellent build quality - a great overall choice.

2. Peugeot 2008

Driver Power reliability score: 96.47%

Peugeot 2008 Feline e-HDi 115 front action

The Peugeot 2008, like the Renault Captur, is a fairly new model - so we can't judge its long-term reliability. However in its first year on sale its owners have rated it very highly in this category. With low running costs, SUV looks and the practicality of a hatchback at a price just above that of the 208 supermini, it's easy to see why the 2008 is a desirable car - and this excellent reliability score can only help that.

1. Audi Q3

Driver Power reliability score: 96.83%

Audi Q3 front cornering

The Audi Q3 is another newcomer to the Driver Power survey, but with a very strong reliability score it looks like the Audi Q3 is shaping up to be a dependable choice of small SUV. It certainly beats it main rival, the BMW X1, which didn't even make the top 10 for reliability - and that will be an important factor for those looking to buy one of these premium crossovers. The Audi Q3 ranked 17th overall in the survey, let down by its low practicality score.

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Driver Power 2014: full list of most reliable 4x4s and SUVs

For the full results from the 2014 Driver Power survey, click here. To tell us about your car in the 2015 Driver Power survey, click here.

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Amazing that the Lexus RX doesn't even feature on the list

Yes, especially as there are a few that barely qualify as an SUV. Should be in a category called "styled to look a bit like and SUV".

Judging after 1 year is so worthless a measure of true reliability. I buy used cars to resell and no Audi or BMW would ever make the reliability list after 4-5 years. Its problem after electrical problem from then on. Meanwhile, those Lexus/Toyota and Acura/Honda products keep on going rather well.

Not enough responses to make it onto the survey? If you look at the sales figures for the RX, you can see it's not exactly the most popular 4x4 out there.

The Audi Q3 is probably the ugliest SUV ever made! Look at the terrible front... my God!

Interesting. I'm a taxi driver and see no evidence of what you say. There is no car in the world of UK minicabs that is as durable as a Skoda Octavia, period. They go on forever. The only thing that comes close are VW passats. In contrast, by far the most unreliable minicabs are Vauxhall Zafiras. Japanese taxis are uncommon except in Pakistani areas. From what I can tell, they're not so good as daily workhorses and suffer more than most with wear and tear on seats and trim.

How can the new Cashcow be on there only been out a few months not even a year. What a pointless addition. Same with the 2008 and Captur.

The Mk1 Cashcow isnt that reliable with the 2.0 DCI Renault engine prone to weak turbos, blocked EGRs and the DPFs blocking easily which makes them pretty useless for just doing the school run. The new 1.6 diesel is also a new engine and so the reliability is still in question.

Nobody really cares to a certain degree what a car is really like for reliability in the first 3 years, thats what warranties are for. Its when they are out of warranty when turbos start to fail, DSG's start to fail, DMFs etc etc.

A pointless survey again.

Land Cruiser Prado? Not on the list? That used to be winner a while back...

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