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Best reliable SUVs of 2024

SUVs continue to top the sales charts in the UK, outselling many cheaper and hatchbacks on a regular basis. The buying public are clearly sold on the benefits of high-riding vehicles with practical interiors, what they need is to be shown which ones will be the most reliable to own in the years to come.

Nothing takes the shine off a new purchase like a smoky breakdown, so our team has gone through a variety of reliability sources including MoT records, owner feedback, and their own not inconsiderable expertise to pick 15 of the most reliable SUVs available to buy today.

Volvo XC40

1. Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 review
Battery range up to 26 miles
Lexus NX Hybrid

2. Lexus NX

Lexus NX Hybrid review

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Mazda CX-5

3. Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 review
Kia Sportage

4. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage review

5. BMW X1

BMW X1 review
Lexus RX

6. Lexus RX

Lexus RX review
MINI Countryman (2016-2023)

7. MINI Countryman

MINI Countryman (2016-2023) review
Battery range up to 28 miles
Honda HR-V Hybrid

8. Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V Hybrid review
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

9. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review
Suzuki Vitara

10. Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara review
Fiat Panda

11. Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda review
Dacia Sandero Stepway
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Highly Commended

12. Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway review
Honda CR-V

13. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V review
Subaru XV (2018-2023)

14. Subaru XV

Subaru XV (2018-2023) review
Toyota C-HR (2016-2023)

15. Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR (2016-2023) 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.

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 all0-new one launches late in 2022, but will continue to be beautifully built, with an expectation of the sort of reliability that turns Swiss watch manufacturers green with envy.

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.

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.

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 EV6 or Niro EV, or a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kona Electric.