Owners Say These Are The 5 Least Reliable European SUVs
We get it: it’s one thing to get a nice new SUV, but you want to drive it, now sit in a repair shop. Reliability is key for your SUV, and some are simply better than others. Which are the least reliable? Well the site What Car interviewed European owners of SUVs and produces an annual survey that says these are the least reliable.
1. Range Rover Evoque
According to What Car the Range Rover Evoque is the worst you can get in the U.S. While it ranks the 3008 the least reliable, we’ll skip mentioning that cool SUV because you can’t get it in the U.S.
The first generation of Evoque from 2011 to 2019 continues many Land Rover traditions. That means it looks good, it’s capable, its luxurious and it spends a lot of time in the shop. Overall, 35% of respondents to What Car said the Evoque has electrical issues. Problems with the battery and the satellite navigation are top of the list. But, owners also reporter issues with air conditioning faults and the bodywork and brakes. Luckilly, most repairs were taken care of under warranty, but there were still a lot.
2. Jaguar E-Pace
The Jaguar E-Pace is a great-looking and great-driving SUV. And, let’s face it, there are few nameplates more sought after than a Jaguar. But, unfortunately, What Car readers say that they saw lots of issues with the infotainment system. What Car says 90% of Jaguar E-Paces were undriveable due to issues and 50% took more than a week to fix.
The E-Pace does have a warranty to cover these issues. When they’re fixed, the E-Pace makes a great five-seat compact SUV. IT’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes an impressive 295 lb-ft of torque, as well as 296 horsepower. That makes it one of the quickest in its segment. What Car measures all years of the E-Pace that was introduced in 2018. Since then, it got a major update in 2021 that aimed to fix the issues of many for the early versions.
3. Audi Q3
The Audi Q3 makes this undesirable list. Like the Jaguar and the Land Rover, the Q3 also suffers from issues related to the small SUV’s electronics. Audi did cover most of the repair costs, but it’s hard to make up the time lost.
The Q3 has always been a winner in many ways: it’s stylish, and fun to drive, and the upgraded 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes it feel spunky on the road. The Q3 takes many of its styling cues from the much more expensive Q8 SUV, and that’s a great idea in anybody’s book. For 2023, it also gets new tricks like wireless charging. Like others on this list, What Car rated all versions of the SUV, but it got a major refresh in 2019.
4. Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 makes a good stylish alternative to many SUVs. Yes, it’s a bit small. But beyond that, it’s nearly as luxurious as other fancier and much more expensive SUVs. For 2023, the B4 and B5 versions get a new 48volt hybrid system that improves acceleration and fuel economy. Unfortunately, the Volvo got poor reliability scores for problems with its battery, bodywork, and engine reliability.
The Volvo XC40, though. won European Car of the Year award in 2918 and What Car even named it the Car of the Year.
5. Mercedes GLA
The GLA saw some issues, too. The GLA Mercedes-Benz SUVs are some of the most stylish on the road, inside they have a sporty feel that makes you feel like you’re driving a sedan, not a big tall SUV. If you want a big tall SUV, go for the GLB, which swaps the svelte lines of the GLA for a more practical interior. Both have a sprightly 221-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
But, for European SUVs, the GLA somehow doesn’t stand up. Fully 28% of owners said that their GLA saw a problem in the last two years. Uncharacteristically for Mercedes, the GLA saw bodywork and trim issues. But,