Land Rover new cars identified as the most unreliable vehicle of 2019 according to Which?
Land Rover saw two of its models listed as the most unreliable vehicles of 2019 as some models were revealed as having a series of wide-ranging glitches. Which? says new models under three years old are plagued with various issues including devastating exhaust issues and emission system errors.
The consumer awareness group says owners of older Land Rover models also face issues as research shows the chance of breaking down is almost double that of an average vehicle.
The Which? report surveyed nearly 44,000 drivers across 52,000 vehicles and asked about common reliability issues and errors which had developed on their cars.
The brand’s Range Rover sport was highlighted as having various issues with the car’s built-in sat-nav system, connectivity, dashboard displays and onboard computer software.
Thus was coupled with major issues to the suspension and parking sensors thatare installed to improve overall safety.
A massive 42 per cent of owners surveyed revealed they had visited a garage for repairs at least once during the 12 months before the survey to rank as the least reliable new cars on the market.
The car was also revealed to break down regularly as 11 per cent of owners said they have been forced into calling a recovery service to retrieve them at least once.
This figure is a massive four times higher than the average for a relatively new car and is leaving owners stuck without their vehicle for days.
Land Rover’s Discovery Sport was also revealed as having a range of faults thathad caused devastation to owners of the luxurious model.
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More than half of the owners surveyed by Which? reported at least one fault with the car over the past 12 months.
This was more than double the average for a common road vehicle and is worrying for owners of a car still relatively new to the market.
A total of seven per cent of Land Rover Discovery Sport owners reported faults with the engine management system.
Owners also revealed the struggles with getting their vehicle fixed after developing an initial problem.
Those surveyed also reported they were often left up to five whole days without a vehicle or courtesy car.
A total of four per cent of the cars broke down before getting to a garage in a shockingly high breakdown rate for the popular model.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, a Land Rover spokesperson revealed the company would consider the results in their dedication to improving quality.
The spokesperson said: “Land Rover takes quality seriously and is dedicated to delivering the finest quality vehicles and listening to our customers is paramount to that.
“We will consider these results and are dedicated to improving quality through continuous commitment, anchored throughout the design, engineering and manufacture of our cars.”
Land Rover has now been voted as the most unreliable car of the year in the Which? survey for two years in a row after topping the poll last year.
In 2018 the group identified the Land Rover Range Rover as one of the most unreliable vehicles on the market due to its high fault rate.
The survey revealed nearly half of Range Rover owners with a model less than three-years-old were forced to spend money having faults fixed on a vehicle over 12 months.
A massive one in ten of the models needed to have their suspension repaired as 93 per cent suffered non-engine electric faults at some point.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was also identified as another of the business’s unreliable models after revealing a breakdown rate almost twice the average for vehicles under three-years-old.
The study revealed 45 per cent of the cars owners had to take their car to be repaired with common issues such as on-board computer errors or issues with the Evoque's exhaust and emission systems.