According to the annual What Car? reliability survey, hybrid and electric cars are the most reliable in the UK, with Lexus coming out on top.
You might have thought that electric cars, with their far simpler means of motivation and fewer moving parts, would, on the whole, be more reliable than ICE cars. And you’d be right.
But you also might reasonably think that Hybrid cars, with not just an ICE but a tangle of complicated electric systems to cope with, would be far less reliable than ICE cars. But you’d be wrong.
In fact, according to the 2019 What Car? reliability survey, it’s an electric or hybrid car you want if reliability is the top of your wish list.
That means you want a Lexus CT, not Lexus’s most appealing car, if reliability is your major concern, as, according to the survey of some 18,000 car owners, the CT didn’t suffer a single fault in the year, And nor did the Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
In fact, electric and hybrid cars had the best reliability across the 10 car classes surveyed with an average of 96.1 per cent, although if you exclude the Renault Zoe – the most unreliable EV – it would have been higher still.
At the other end of the reliability scale you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Land Rover finds itself languishing at the bottom of the heap, with almost half of Velar owners reporting a fault and more than a third of Range Rover owners.
That’s enough to drag Land Rover to the bottom of the reliability heap, with Renault and Jeep as the second and third most unreliable cars.
Not that that’s likely to stop car buyers buying Land Rovers.