TESLA and Land Rover are the most unreliable motor makers, says Which?
Elon Musk’s pricey electric vehicles have “disastrously-high” fault rates and lengthy garage stays.
Their dependability was “shocking”, said the consumer watchdog which surveyed vehicles between December 2019 and this February.
Which? said it had a big enough sample size to rate the Tesla Model 3 which arrived in the UK only in June last year and sells from £76,990.
Its Model X SUV costs from £81,990.
Researchers said: “Tesla’s seemingly desirable Tesla Model S saloon and Model X both get the poorest possible mark for 0-3-year reliability thanks to disastrously high fault rates and lengthy garage stays.”
Editor Harry Rose added: “Motorists might assume that paying a premium for a luxury car like a Tesla would improve their chances of avoiding reliability issues.
“But we found it one of the least reliable brands out of 35 in our survey.”
Land Rover was the least dependable brand in two categories — cars aged up to three years, and three to eight years.
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Electronic gadgets were often faulty — particularly in the Range Rover Sport (2013-) and the Range Rover Velar (2017-).
So many owners complained to Which? that it raised the issues with the manufacturer.
The survey also found that diesel cars are more fault-prone than petrol, hybrid and electrics.
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