16/11/2011 11:57 | By CJ Hubbard
Most and least reliable used 4x4s and SUVs

The most and least reliable 4x4s and SUVs

The most and least reliable 4x4s and SUVs (© Land Rover)
  • The most and least reliable 4x4s and SUVs (© Land Rover)
  • 10th most reliable 4x4: Hyundai Santa Fe (2001-2006) (© Hyundai)
  • 9th most reliable 4x4: Kia Sorento (2003-2009) (© Kia)
  • 8th most reliable 4x4: Nissan X-Trail (2007 onwards) (© Nissan)
  • 7th most reliable 4x4: Land Rover Freelander (2006 onwards) (© Land Rover)
  • 6th most reliable 4x4: Kia Sportage (2005-2010) (© Kia)
  • 5th most reliable 4x4: Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin (1999-2006) (© Mitsubishi)
  • 4th most reliable 4x4: Subaru Forester (2002-2008) (© Subaru)
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Warranty Direct has been looking at the calendar and spotted that winter is well and truly on the way. And like many others, given the winter weather we've had over the past few years, the company has naturally turned its attention to 4x4s and SUVs.

The difference is that Warranty Direct maintains a Reliability Index, calculated using instances of failure, costs of repair and time spent in the garage noted in its very own aftermarket warranty books over the last 12 months.

This gives every 4x4 and SUV a reliability score, where the lower the figure the less likely the vehicle is to let you down when the going gets tough - and since that's the whole point of these machines this should make for interesting reading.

So if you're contemplating trading in your old wheels for some extra traction over the coming season you had best take a look at this list of the top 10 most reliable and the top 5 least reliable 4x4s over the past three to eight years before you commit that cash.

Especially since Warranty Direct also reveals that, regardless of anything else, these are some of the most expensive bits of machinery to run overall. Despite this, used prices are currently on the up - so act swiftly and sensibly if you want one.

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03/06/2012 15:16
I would like to see tests where a 3.5 tonne trailer is hauled around a hilly circuit for at least 24 hours  (this test would preclude a lot of 4x4s immediately because they are not homologated to tow 3.5 tonnes)  Past experience with 4x4s is that as soon as they are given hard work to do they boil over and blow their head gaskets.  It seems that all the good 4x4s are ones that have been reverse-engineered by enthusiasts who have fitted uprated parts. The school run is no test whatsoever. 
11/10/2012 13:07

I have an o2 plate crv and in five years i have only had to bye a battery and one set of front brake pads plus a couple of tyers. Superb car.






06/11/2012 23:37
this is complete bunk, this is without exception, the most reliable 4x4 i've ever owned!
11/01/2014 17:18
With the right tyres the HRV is amazingly capable off road & across country, through snow drifts & in icey conditions. Good ground clearance although no hi-lo ratio g-box. Hondas hydraulic 4x4 system is great. Surprises the stick in the muds who dismiss it as a fashion acessory. 
26/10/2013 08:23
My HRV sits on the drive rotting for most of the year as I'm primarily a motorctclist. Passes mot's and never let me down each year. Good **** reliability
07/11/2012 01:18
These are nothing more than fashion accessories, bought as status symbols by insecure poseurs with more money than sense. I don't think I've ever seen one further off-road than a country-house driveway.
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