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Last updated May 19, 2024 by Darren Cassey

Best reliable SUVs of 2024

The SUVs have officially taken over. No other type of car — be it hatchback, saloon, or estate — is selling better in the UK right now than an SUV. We have become entirely wedded to the idea of sitting up high and at the very least looking like we can go anywhere.

SUVs are often bought as family cars, and so they’ll need to be reliable and solidly built. No-one wants to miss a school run or have to cancel that holiday ferry booking because the family car has to go to the garage.

With that in mind, we’ve picked the 15 new SUVs most likely to provide solidly reliable driving, based on MOT reports, reliability surveys (including the Auto Express Driver Power ratings) and our own reviews team’s expertise.

Volvo EX30
Car Of The Year Award

1. Volvo EX30

Volvo EX30 review
Battery range up to 295 miles
Kia EV9

2. Kia EV9

Kia EV9 review
Battery range up to 349 miles

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Skoda Karoq

3. Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq review
Lexus NX Hybrid

4. Lexus NX

Lexus NX Hybrid review
Mazda CX-5

5. Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 review
Kia Sportage

6. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage review

7. BMW X1

BMW X1 review
Lexus RX

8. Lexus RX

Lexus RX review
Toyota C-HR

9. Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR review
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Adventurer's Choice Award
Highly Commended

10. Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway review
Cupra Formentor

11. Cupra Formentor

Cupra Formentor review
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

12. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review
Honda CR-V

13. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V review
Honda HR-V Hybrid

14. Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V Hybrid review
Suzuki Vitara

15. Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara review

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The Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Kamiq have both proven to be reliable small SUVs. It may have something to do with the fact that both are built on the Volkswagen Group’s modular platform – thereby sharing many components that have been exhaustively tested on dozens of different vehicles. Don’t discount the even-smaller Dacia Sandero Stepway, though. Dacia does very well in reliability surveys.

Porsche’s build quality and technical expertise are second-to-none, so we’d expect both the Cayenne and the Macan to provide solid long-term reliability. That goes equally for anything from Audi, Mercedes, or BMW

However, if you want the ultimate in engineering quality, look at Lexus’ RX450h hybrid. The current model looks unassuming on the outside, but packs some seriously reliable and beautifully engineered technology under the skin, and feels every bit as well made as a Bentley in the cabin.

The previous generation Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are great used SUV buys, not least because they regularly outperform similar alternatives in overall reliability. It’s also worth checking out the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, not least as used versions still have lots of warranty left.

That honour almost certainly goes to the Lexus RX. Now in its fifth generation, this large SUV has built a loyal following, partly thanks to its reputation for dependability. The Kia Sorento is worth a look too, in this category.

Well, as the company that spearheaded hybridisation, it would be hard not to recommend a vehicle from Toyota or Lexus here. Both firms offer a range of hybrid SUVs in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you're after a full electric SUV, Kia and Hyundai have been leading the pack in this field, so you could consider something like a Kia EV9 or Niro EV, or a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kona Electric.