I usually hate reliability surveys, the ones that are like popularity contests where owners big up their purchases, which is why I like Warranty Direct’s. That’s because they base them on real breakdowns and repair costs. They looked at 16,000 three- to eight-year-old 4x4s.
At number one, the Honda HR-V (1998-2006) performed best, with only three in 100 recording a fault in the last 12 months, followed by the brilliant Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 onwards). I don’t regard the HR-V as a proper 4x4, whatever that is, but a retired farmer near me has one and that’s good enough for me and obviously good enough for him.
At the other end of the scale is not surprisingly Range Rovers (2002-onwards) with two thirds of its reported faults due to suspension or electrical problems. Then there was the grim Jeep Grand Cherokee (1999-2005) and the Volkswagen Touareg (2003 onwards).
The top 10 and bottom five are here for your interest and amusement and I look forward to your comments. The obvious conclusion is that Japanese and indeed Korean 4x4s are brilliant and everything else is rubbish. Can’t disagree with that, although from my own survey of two Land Rovers, the 27-year-old one is far less bothersome than the 11-year-old one. So what are your 4x4 findings?
Top 10 Model Year Reliability Index Repair(£)
Honda HR-V (98-06) 6 213
Suzuki Vitara (05-) 20 186
Honda CR-V (07-) 21 254
Subaru Forester (02-08) 46 235
Mitsubishi Shogun (99-06) 50 351
Kia Sportage (05-) 56 259
LR Freelander (06-) 56 264