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?...

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV RHD front right cornering

The least reliable electric and hybrid cars

3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014-present)

Score 93.6%

Despite its lowly ranking, the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander has a strong reliability record – it's just up against incredibly strong competition. Only 13% had a problem, with the most common area being interior trim.

All cars remained drivable and most were repaired in a week or less. Half of the repair work was done under warranty, but some cars cost up to £1000 to put right.

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2. Volkswagen Golf GTE (2015-2019)

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Score 89.1%

Owners told us that 31% of plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golfs 
had suffered a fault, with the biggest problem area being the gearbox/clutch.

Although all cars were fixed for free, around three-quarters were off the road for more than a week. 

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1. Renault Zoe (2013-2019)

Renault Zoe (2013 on) front three quarters

Score 82.3%

A high percentage of previous-generation Renault Zoes had problems, including a lot of electrical gremlins. Other areas affected included the battery, brakes, interior trim and suspension.

All faults were fixed under warranty, but three-quarters of cars were out of action for more than a week. 

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