Mar 31, 2021 Of the over 100 different SUVs sold here today, the 17 current compact crossovers present a mix of new vehicles with the latest technology and models ready for a totally new generation. The key is to choose a small SUV that both fits your needs now, but will remain reliable down the road. That’s where we can help. By using reliability data from J.D. Power – combined with our own U.S. News rankings and expertise – we’ve identified the 17 best small SUVs for the long haul. You’ll find our picks on the following slides.
These days small SUVs are the cars to be seen in. However, you don't want to be seen stranded by the side of the road in one, so here we reveal the most – and least – reliable models..
Small SUVs are among the most desirable, practical and affordable cars to own. However, all that can change if you end up with one that frequently breaks down and costs you a small fortune in repair bills.
Using feedback from nearly 13,000 car owners, we've rated 175 models from 31 brands, based on the number of faults suffered in the previous 12 months, how long each problem kept the car off the road and the cost of any repairs.
Here, we've used our data to name the most and least dependable small SUVs, aged one to five years old.
The most reliable small SUVs
7. Audi Q2 (2016-present)
Reliability rating 94.6%
Owners told us that 14% of their Q2s had gone wrong, with bodywork and brakes the most commonly cited problem areas, followed by the infotainment system and other non-engine electrical systems.
Although three quarters of cars could still be driven, more than half took over a week to fix. While 83% of work was done under warranty, the remaining 17% of bills all topped £1500.
6. Peugeot 2008 (2013-2019)
Reliability rating 94.7%
A quarter of 2008s suffered a fault, with the car's electrics the main culprit, accounting for 14% of problems. Other areas of concern included the bodywork, exhaust and suspension.
Although all cars could still be driven, 75% spent more than a week in the garage. However, a third of the work was done for free and no bills exceeded £500.
5. Renault Captur (2013-2019)
Reliability rating 95.0%
Only 14% of Capturs had a problem and the biggest areas of complaint were the exhaust and engine electrics. There were also small proportions of issues with the bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics.
Most cars could still be driven, but two thirds took more than a week to put right. The good news for owners is that all work was done for free.
4. Seat Arona (2018-present)
Reliability rating 95.1%
Although 21% of Arona owners reported a fault with their car, the majority (10%) were just minor electrical niggles. There were also some issues with the battery, bodywork, brakes, engine electrics and interior trim.
Four out of five cars remained driveable, but almost half spent more than a week in the garage. On a positive note, all work was done under warranty.
3. Volkswagen T-Roc (2017-present)
Reliability rating 96.0% Macbook not restarting.
Owners told us that 19% of T-Rocs went wrong, with the biggest areas of concern being the engine and non-engine electrics. There were also some issues with engine electrics, brakes and air-con.
However, four out of five cars could still be driven and a third were repaired the same day; 90% of work was done under warranty and no bills exceeded £50.
2. Mada CX-3 (2016-present)
Reliability rating 98.0%
Only 12% of CX-3s had a fault, and electrical gremlins were the only issue, with problems split evenly between non-engine electrics in general and the infotainment system.
All of the affected cars remained driveable, while 75% were put right in a day or less and all work was done for free.
1. Mini Countryman (2017-present)
Most Reliable Used Compact Suv
Reliability rating 98.3%
The latest Countryman is proving dependable; only 10% of cars went wrong and electrical issues were the only bugbears.
All of the stricken cars could still be driven and two-thirds were put right in less than a week. All work was carried out under warranty.
Most Reliable Used Suv Models
Owner’s view: “This is my fourth Mini. I have never had any problems with any of them and the dealer support is excellent.”
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