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?...
The least reliable electric and hybrid cars
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.
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.
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.