Most and 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?...
Well, using feedback from more than 18,000 car owners, we've rated 218 models from 31 brands, based on how many faults they suffered in the last year, how long each problem kept the car off the road and the cost of any repairs.
Here we use that data to name the most and least dependable electric and hybrid cars, aged one to five years old. And we're currently running our reliability survey again, so once you’ve read the story, please tell us about your own car.
The 10 most reliable electric and hybrid cars
Although 22% of i3s had a problem, most work was covered under warranty and all cars could still be driven, even if some took more than a week to put right.
According to owners, the most common area of concern was bodywork, followed by non-engine electrics. There was also a small percentage of issues with the exhaust and fuel systems on range extender models.
Our data includes the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro, plus the all-electric e-Niro. Owners told us that 16% of cars had a problem, with the engine the main area of concern on hybrid models, followed by bodywork and the sat-nav, with problems reported on a small percentage of all versions.
Half of cars took more than a week to repair, but most were fixed for free; only a small number of owners paid between £501 and £750.
Only 14% of IS owners reported a fault with their car. Bodywork was the main issue, followed by the sat-nav. All cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a day. Even better, all work was carried out under warranty.
Just 9% of the Priuses we were told about had a problem, and the only areas affected were the bodywork and non-engine electrics. Although some cars took more than a week to put right, all work was done for free.
Of the Model S owners surveyed, 16% reported an issue with their car, but the blighted areas weren't the most serious: problems were split evenly between bodywork and non-engine electrics.
Around half of the cars were out of action for a week or more, but all repairs were completed for free.