Least reliable electric and hybrid cars

Electric and hybrid cars offer low running costs, but they can be expensive to buy so they need to be dependable to keep owners happy. Which are the most and least reliable?...

Most and least reliable electric and hybrid cars

The three least reliable electric and hybrid cars

3. Toyota Prius (2016-present)

Toyota Prius 2020 RHD front cornering

Reliability rating 94.6%

Despite being in the bottom three (and the worst-performing hybrid we were told about), the Prius's reliability record is actually pretty good; it's just that rivals are even more bulletproof. Prius owners reported a fault on 14% of cars, but half of repair work was done for free and the rest cost £50 or less.

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2. MG ZS EV (2019-present)

MG ZS EV front three quarters

Reliability rating 89.4%

The fully electric ZS EV went wrong in only 7% of cases, but all of those cars were rendered undriveable and took more than a week to repair. Problem areas included the battery, electric motor and non-engine electrics. The good news is that all of the faulty cars were fixed under warranty.

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1. Tesla Model S (2014-present)

Tesla Model S front action - 69-plate car

Reliability rating 85.7%

The Model S suffered the highest percentage of faults in our entire 2020 Reliability Survey, with 60% of the cars we were told about having a problem. Although all of them could still be driven, half were out of action for more than a week. And while 93% were fixed for free, the remaining owners paid out between £50 and £100 for repairs.

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