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SUV's That Won't Let You Down This Winter

1st December 2014

With the weather taking a distinctly cooler turn as we head in December, now is the time to consider which SUV's are better able to protect against all that nature can throw at us. Figures suggest that more and more drivers are turning to SUV's, many attracted by the more commanding driving position for both on and off-roading as well as by the perceived safety benefits too.

Warranty Direct – providing warranties to drivers since 1997 – has developed a Reliability Index (RI) score which applies a formula to measure the overall robustness of your favourite SUV's. Taking into account the rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair and cost, the lower the RI number, the better a car is.

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Honda tops the list of most reliable SUV's


The group has recently compiled a list of the most reliable SUVs that shouldn't give their owners too many sleepless nights this winter.

1. Honda HR-V (99-06)

RI Score: 38

Hondas have always performed well in these reliability surveys, and the quirky HR-V is no exception. Used ones deliver dependable motoring as well as offering the option of four-wheel drive.


2. Suzuki Jimny (98-)

RI Score: 48

Suzuki's mini SUV scores well for both simplicity and reliability. The Jimny's Select 4x4 features allows drivers to switch between front and four wheel drive for authentic off-road ability.


3. Suzuki Grand Vitara (05-)

RI Score: 54

The current generation Grand Vitara has been consistently reliable as well as being good to look at and well-equipped. A new version is due for release during 2016.


4. Honda CR-V (07-)

RI Score: 5

Another popular and well-engineered offering from Honda, the CR-V crossover is an well designed and accomplished all-rounder with a versatile interior. Mechanically it handles and performs well too.


5. Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin (99-06)

RI Score: 68

The smallest Mitsubishi SUV is also the most reliable, beating others in the range such as the Shogun or L200. A high performing engine and well developed ventilation system make a case for this as a compact off-roader all year round.


6. Nissan Terrano (93-07)

RI Score: 72

The popular veteran Terrano was in the Nissan stable for an incredible 14 years. The suspension – robust and uncompromising - and steering is perfect for motorists who need a proper workhorse!


7. Nissan X-Trail (07-)

RI Score: 73

Almost on a par with the Terrano is another Nissan. The X-Trail puts in a strong performance across the board, in particular for the reliability of its engine, steering and gearbox. This SUV has real road charisma too.


8. Volvo XC60 (08-)

RI Score: 74

Popular with parents the Volvo XC60 boasts an unparalleled reputation for safety and interior quality. First rate mechanical reliability and economic repair costs give it real presence.


9. Citroën C-Crosser (07-)

RI Score: 80

This big Citroën has a shared mechanical platform with the Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot 4007. Statistics show however that this is the most reliable of the trio.


10. Hyundai Tuscon (04-)

RI Score: 81

Originally released by Hyundai in 2004, this compact SUV has been offering good value since. This is a practical choice as well as managing to maintain the brand's reputation for being reliable.


By Tracey McBain