Tesla has the least reliable cars according to the OCU, and the Japanese lead the analysis

Electric cars, thanks to their fewer parts, are highly reliable. However, they also break down, and when they do they usually cause quite a few headaches. The OCU, the Organization of Consumers and Users, has just released a list of the most reliable car brands. A study carried out in five countries of the European Union and which has had 52,430 drivers as a database. The results are quite striking.

The study highlights several aspects to consider. The reliability of hybrids is, today, unmatched. Thanks to more than proven systems, the resistance of conventional hybrids is superior. By mobility system, they are the market niche that suffers the fewest breakdowns, showing a reliability of 95 out of 100. The OCU also states that the main breakdowns are caused by electrical faults, 17% of the time this is the case. Brands such as SEAT, Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Renault and FIAT are the ones that suffer the most from this problem.

37% of those surveyed emphasize that reliability is the most important aspect when buying a car, above other factors such as price, design or brand. Only 3% of drivers are interested in the environmental impact of cars. In general, the study has revealed that driver satisfaction is high with all brands. Almost all manufacturers receive a five-star rating, with the exception of Opel, FIAT, Lancia and Chevrolet, which fall one step lower with a four-star rating.

Reliability index by car manufacturers, according to the OCU

If we focus on the list of the most reliable brands, there is a clear winner and a clear loser. With the information of 326 models and 523 different versions, the OCU has established that the most reliable brand is Lexus, with a result of 95 out of 100. It is followed by Subaru with a score of 93 out of 100 and Toyota with 91 out of 100.. Four Japanese brands in the top five of the ranking show that if you want reliability you have to speak Japanese. Regarding the European brands, the first in the reliability index is SEAT with a score of 85 out of 100, followed by Dacia with the same result and Skoda with one point less.

If we go to the most negative end of the list we see four brands considered premium. The least reliable brand on the market is Tesla with a score of 60 out of 100. The cars of the American brand are the ones that most often have to go through the workshop, followed by the Alfa Romeo and Land Rover with a rating of 64 out of 100. When going to the workshop, there are also significant gaps in terms of prices . Hyundai, Dacia and Renault have the cheapest workshops, compared to brands like Volvo, Audi and Mercedes, which are the most expensive.

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