A new automotive survey has declared the Nissan LEAF the most reliable car on the road - at least for New Zealand anyway. A result which isn't terribly surprising ,given there is no combustion engine or gearbox to clutter things up, and also a limited number of volume EV offerings in the country.
Only 4% of LEAFs in Consumer New Zealand's survey had reported a major reliability problem that caused significant repair costs, or took the EV off the road for an extended time.
Overall, 97% of LEAF owners were very satisfied with their purchase.
Among the 23 brands, Suzuki was deemed the most reliable overall, as only 20% of the 432 Suzuki owners who participated in the survery reported a major failure, compared to an average of 33% across all brands.
Just as a point of interest - Land Rover, Volvo and Daihatsu were the worst performers in the report, with more than half of the owners reporting major problems in the past year.
Best and worst models
Small cars Most reliable: Suzuki Swift Most satisfied owners: Suzuki Swift Least reliable: Ford Fiesta Least satisfied owners: Holden Barina
Medium cars Most reliable: Nissan Leaf (and most reliable overall) Most satisfied owners: Nissan Leaf Least reliable: Toyota Caldina Least satisfied owners: Ford Focus
Large cars Most reliable: Skoda Octavia Most satisfied owners: Skoda Octavia Least reliable: Nissan Primera Least satisfied owners: Toyota Avensis
SUVs Most reliable: Mitsubishi ASX Most satisfied owners: Toyota Land Cruiser Least reliable: Ford Territory Least satisfied owners: Holden Captiva
"Our survey covered 10,350 vehicles. We analysed 23 brands and 69 models. Results are for models with more than 30 responses. Our survey asked owners about serious, major and minor faults with their cars in the past 12 months. We also asked how satisfied they were with the car and how likely they were to recommend the model to friends and family."
The new 2018 Nissan LEAF arrived in Japan in October...and in "early 2018" for the rest of the world
An example of great LEAF reliability was underlined by a local Uber driver. Reports the New Zealand Herad:
"Uber driver Mathew Dearnaley has been driving a Leaf since July last year and said he wasn't surprised to hear the car had come out on top.
"It's a dream, it's magic," he said. "There's absolutely minimum maintenance. I bought it with 12,000km on the clock in July last year. It's now up to 95,000km."
He took his "electric lady", a second generation Leaf, for six-monthly checks as part of his requirements for work, but had only needed to have it serviced once.
"I'm not a petrol head so I don't know much about car maintenance so it suits me - there's bugger all maintenance to do on it.""