Don’t we all believe that the Land Rovers are the big king of the SUV segment? We do, but there is one organization in the UK which has a different story to tell. A consumer group in the UK, Which?, has named the Land Rover models as the nation’s most unreliable cars. We do not like the sound of the findings of the research conducted by this group called Which?. But let’s hear its story anyways.
As we all know Land Rovers are designed to tackle the worst off-road conditions known to man, but it seems that these models are struggling to cope up with the more everyday hazards of the school run and commuting. The research findings of Which? suggest that the Land Rover car owners are driven to distraction by the many faults in the cars and long periods in the garage.
Models from the once-proud British marque, now owned by Tata Motors of India, occupy three of the bottom four places in the reliability league for 4×4 vehicles.
The Land Rover Discovery 3, which is priced at £46,000, has been named the most unreliable car on the road. The Range Rover Sport, the price of which goes up to £70,000, also put a bad performance in the research. The much affordable Freelander could not salvage the prestigious history of the company either. Other royal British names, including the sister brand of Land Rover, Jaguar, and Mini which is now owned by BMW, also scored meagerly.
Which? said: ‘All three of Land Rover‘s supposedly rugged 4x4s show they are not as tough as they make out, claiming three of the four lowest places in our table [of 4x4s]. Worst of all is the Discovery 3. In fact, it’s the worst scoring vehicle of all in this year’s new car reliability charts, and the only one to dip below 70 per cent.”
The Which? surveyed more than 66,000 cars up to eight years old and found that Skoda makes the the most reliable vehicles followed by Lexus and Mazda. The Kia Picanto raced ahead of all and was voted the most reliable of all cars.
Well, that’s from the survey conducted by Which?. Let’s see what Land Rover has to say in its defense. Land Rover said that while the Which? survey was disappointing, other research had been more positive. The Tata Motors owned company argued that the Which? survey used a small sample of its customers, and that many models had been updated.