The Most Reliable 4x4 on our Roads

When one purchases an expensive vehicle such as a 4x4, reliability is of the utmost importance.  Nobody likes surprise repair bills.


According to Warranty Direct there is no other 4x4 out there on UK roads with a higher reliability rating than that of the Honda HR-V models that were built between 1998 and 2006.  Only three in 100 owners reported mechanical problems during the past year.


The company should know: it kept meticulous records of more than 16,000 vehicles to arrive at this conclusion.  The second place goes to the 2005 and 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara.


The most breakdown-prone of them all was none other than the Land Rover Range Rover (2002 and later).  More than 67% of problems reported with this vehicle were either electrical or suspension related.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee (1999 - 2005) and the Volkswagen Touareg (2003 and later) were not far behind the Range Rover.


Korean and Japanese manufacturers top the list with the smallest number of breakdowns, but the Land Rover Freelander (2006 and later) did not do too badly with only 20% of owners reporting problems on a yearly basis.  This particular model was also reported to be very affordable in terms of repair costs.


The company calculates the overall reliability of a vehicle by taking into account the average repair cost, how often it breaks down and how long it, on average, spends in the workshop.  The cheaper it is to repair a vehicle and the less it breaks down, the lower the index figure will be.

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