The Honda HR-V is the SUV most likely to keep you on the road in winter, according to a study by Warranty Direct.
SUVs and 4x4s now claim 11% of the market – up from 4.5 per cent in 2000* – as motorists are attracted by the prestige, commanding driving position and 4×4 capability of SUVs and 4x4s.
Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies, using the Company’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com) to measure overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.
Honda’s HR-V (99-06) – available used from just £2,000 – performed significantly better than other SUVs, with only one in 10 recording a fault in the last 12 months. The Suzuki Jimny was second most reliable in the sector, with one in five suffering a breakdown each year.
While the average SUV repair bill is £420, Warranty Direct reports that costs can soar as high as £16,000.
Top 10 rated 4×4/SUVs
(A lower Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is more reliable and less expensive to run)
The 10 best performing SUVs are dominated by Japanese and Korean manufacturers, although Swedish manufacturer Volvo is cheapest to fix, with the lowest ‘largest claim’ cost of the top 10.
At the other end of the scale, the Mercedes-Benz GL is the least reliable of the off-roaders, with eight in 10 breaking down each year; the Audi Q7 and Audi A6 Allroad are not far behind.
Bottom 5 rated 4×4/SUVs
(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)
Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The SUV market segment has developed significantly in recent years. In comparison to some other vehicles, they are fairly expensive to run but our study shows that there are reliable SUVs available which are not too costly.
“Many drivers take pride in ownership of large 4x4s and SUVs, enjoying the superior driving position and practicality of a sizeable vehicle – but motorists can get their hands on one of these for £2,000 or less.
“A 4×4 is most definitely the transport of choice for motorists during winter; they cost a little more to run, but they are more likely to withstand challenging conditions.”