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Every Luxury Electric Car Ranked By Reliability

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Summary

  • Luxury electric cars are gaining popularity
  • Reliability is crucial when choosing an electric car
  • Latest models ranked by predicted reliability



In recent years, electric power has found its way into every segment of the automotive industry, with manufacturers benefitting greatly from the unique capabilities of the technology. One of these benefits is the ability to provide the smoothest ride quality possible, subsequently leading to the emergence of countless luxury electric cars.

In 2024, the luxury EV scene has reached all-new heights, with so many models competing against each other for the top spot. While there are quite a few elements you need to consider when purchasing an electric car, reliability is of the utmost importance, especially due to how relatively new the technology is.

Due to the higher price tags of luxury models, keeping up-to-date with the latest reliability data can help you make the most informed decision possible when purchasing a new car. Here are all the key players within the luxury EV segment, ranked by reliability.


In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from various manufacturer websites and other authoritative sources, including Consumer Reports. The models below have been ranked based on their predicted reliability scores, which have been derived from Consumer Reports.

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10 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan

Reliability Score: 20/100

 EQS Manufaktur Signature parked
Mercedes-Benz

As with many other key German manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz has continued to expand its luxury electric fleet over the years. In 2024, the EQS sedan is the higher-spec model that the brand offers, starting at $104,000. The EQS not only excels as a luxury vehicle but boasts one of the most impressive overall ranges of 350 miles.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Permanently Excited Synchronous Motor with 108.4 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

329 HP

Torque

417 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

5.9 Seconds

Top Speed

N/A

EPA-Estimated Range

350 Miles

(Data was collected from Mercedes)

According to Consumer Reports, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is expected to be less reliable than other new cars, with an overall score of 20/100. While this score might seem incredibly low, it must be noted that there’s currently limited data available for the model thus far. However, the EQS sedan does have one recall to its name, with an electrical system failure causing a sudden loss of drive.


Pros

  • The EQS has solid acceleration
  • A smooth ride
  • The front seats are praised for their comfort

Cons

  • The brake pedal can feel too soft
  • The driving position can feel awkward

9 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE Sedan

Reliability Score: 23/100

Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Sedan
Mercedes-Benz

Alongside the EQS, the Mercedes-Benz EQE is the second all-electric sedan that the Stuttgart-based car will produce in 2024. While sharing quite a few similarities with the EQS in terms of its overall design style and interior specs, the EQE is the less expensive out of the two, providing less range with an EPA-estimated 305 miles available.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Permanently Excited Synchronous Motor with 90.6 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

288 HP

Torque

391 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

6.2 Seconds

Top Speed

N/A

EPA-Estimated Range

305 Miles

(Data was collected from Mercedes)

The EQE finds itself in a similar situation as its more expensive EQS counterpart, with limited data leading to a lower score overall. However, the EQE sedan boasts a score of 23/100, coming out on top of the two models, albeit only just. Unfortunately, the EQE fell victim to the same recall, with its electrical system failing, leading to a loss of drive and/or key safety features.


Pros

  • Decent 0 to 60 miles per hour speed of 6.2 seconds
  • A smooth, comfortable ride
  • Quality materials inside

Cons

  • The brake pedal can also feel too soft on the EQE
  • The large digital display can become overwhelming

8 2024 Tesla Model S

Reliability Score: 30/100

Blue Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla 

Out of all the manufacturers who revolutionized the electric car, Tesla was and still is at the forefront of the industry in developing electric power to take performance to the next level. While Tesla’s performance is usually the main talking point with its blistering acceleration capabilities and equally impressive top speeds, the ’24 Tesla Model S introduces a great deal of modern, sleek luxury in combination with its performance.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Electric Motor with 100 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

1,020 HP

Torque

1,050 LB-FT

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

2 Seconds

Top Speed

200 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

359 Miles

(Data was collected from Tesla)


To predict the reliability of the 2024 Model S, the overall Consumer Reports score of 30/100 is based on prior-year models. Tesla hasn’t made it clear whether there’s any real change from the previous model, meaning that this score can still accurately represent what to expect in 2024. Some of the most common problems reported for the Model S have been the interior build quality, the climate system, and the in-car electronics. As for pricing, the ’24 Tesla Model S starts at $71,090.

Pros

  • Blistering acceleration and impressive top speed
  • The cabin is pleasantly quiet
  • Ample practicality for a sedan

Cons

  • The steering wheel shape can feel awkward
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity

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7 2024 Lucid Air

Reliability Score: 31/100

Blue Color Lucid Air Sapphire
Lucid 


One of the newer brands to enter the luxury electric scene is Lucid Motors, who were founded only in 2007. Fast-forward to 2024, the Lucid Air is one of the most awarded luxury vehicles on the market, truly making the most of electric power. Starting at $69,900 for the Air Pure model, Lucid has become a top contender for buyers looking for the smoothest, most relaxing driving experience possible.

Performance Specifications (Air Pure)

Engine

Single Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor with 88 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

430 HP

Torque

406 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

4.5 Seconds

Top Speed

124 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

419 Miles

(Data was collected from Lucid)


Due to the production version of the Lucid Air only being released in 2020, reliability data is more scarce than other models on this list. However, Consumer Reports predicts the Lucid Air’s reliability score at 31/100, only just beating out one of its main rivals in the Tesla Model S. The Lucid Air does have one recall to its name, with a software fault causing a loss of power when driving in cruise control. This issue was easily rectified, however, with an over-the-air software update free of charge for all models potentially affected.

Pros

  • Blistering power and acceleration
  • A great deal of luxury inside

Cons

  • The electric motor can be noisy
  • The outward visibility is restricted

6 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron

Reliability Score: 41/100

A rear 3/4 exterior shot of an Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron
Audi


Moving back to the German manufacturers, Audi doesn’t quite have the extensive electric range as Mercedes, but still offers a solid choice of models in 2024. The largest luxury electric vehicle that Audi offers in 2024 is the Q8 e-tron, starting at $74,400. The Q8 e-tron manages to undercut its rivals such as the BMW iX with this price, while offering a great deal of interior luxury and technology.

Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Electric Motor with 114 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

402 HP

Torque

490 LB-FT

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.4 Seconds

Top Speed

124 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

285 Miles


(Data was collected from Audi)

Compared to the flagship Mercedes-Benz models, the 2024 Q8 e-tron comes out on top with a reliability score of 41/100. Despite receiving an average score across the board, Consumer Reports highlights the quality of the Q8 e-tron’s ride quality, acceleration, quietness, and low running cost.

Pros

  • The ride is smooth in the Q8 e-tron
  • Lower running costs for an EV
  • The interior finish is top-quality

Cons

  • Longer relative charging times

5 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70

Reliability Score: 44/100

Silver 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70
Genesis

Another brand that has entered the luxury EV fray is Genesis, which is another newer manufacturer to feature on this list. Becoming an independent marque in 2015, Hyundai still owns the brand, but Genesis is now very much its own distinct manufacturer. Genesis offers three all-electric models in 2024, with the Electrified GV70 being the largest.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Permanent-Magnet Electric Motors with 77.4 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

429 HP

Torque

516 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

4.2 Seconds

Top Speed

146 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

236 Miles

(Data was collected from Genesis and other various sources)

The Electrified GV70 also has limited data available due to only being released in 2022. The same can be said for the two other electric Genesis models, but Consumer Reports still has enough data to give the Electrified GV70 an overall score of 44/100, competing closely with the likes of the Audi Q8 e-tron and the BMW iX.


Pros

  • The front seats are more than comfortable
  • Solid acceleration for an SUV

Cons

  • The cabin controls can be confusing
  • The outward rear visibility is restricted
  • Range falls short of its rivals

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4 2024 BMW iX

Reliability Score: 59/100

2024 black BMW IX
BMW

Out of all luxury car brands, very few have the same ambitions as BMW for the future of electric power. With the German manufacturer recently announcing that their Munich factory will exclusively be producing EVs by 2027, the 2024 BMW iX is one of the models that is setting the stage for the brand’s transition.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Electric Motor with 111.5 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

516 HP

Torque

564 LB-FT

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.4 Seconds

Top Speed

124 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

309 Miles

(Data was collected from BMW)

Overall, BMW’s electric fleet boasts solid reliability scores for the newer technology, with the 2024 BMW iX receiving a score of 59/100. However, the iX has been recalled twice by NHTSA. The first recall was due to an electrical system causing the engine to stall, with the second being caused by a sudden increase in the vehicle speed.


Pros

  • The overall ride is top-tier
  • Solid acceleration for an SUV
  • The interior trim is of the highest-quality

Cons

  • The cabin controls can be confusing
  • The front dash vents have been noted to be too low

3 2024 BMW i4

Reliability Score: 60/100

White BMW i4 eDrive40 front-quarter
BMW

In addition to its iX SUV, BMW competes at the top of the luxury electric sedan scene with three different models. The smallest of the three is the BMW i4, which starts at $52,200 in 2024. As the base level, the i4 Drive35 offers up to 276 miles of range, with the top-spec xDrive40 upping it to an impressive 307 miles.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Single Electric Motor with 70.4 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

282 HP

Torque

295 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

5.8 Seconds

Top Speed

118 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

307 Miles

(Data was collected from BMW)

The ’24 BMW i4 builds on the iX’s reliability score, with the mid-size luxury sedan’s 60/100 score beating out many of the model’s rivals. In terms of what lets the i4 down, the powertrain is the weakest aspect, according to Consumer Reports. Areas such as the driving experience and the style, however, have received the highest praise. The i4 also has a recall from the NHTSA, this time being due to an overheating battery module increasing the risk of fire.


Pros

  • Sharp, responsive handling
  • A great deal of comfort in the front seat
  • Effective braking system

Cons

  • The rear seats can feel cramped
  • The cabin controls can take some getting used to

2 2024 Porsche Taycan

Reliability Score: 66/100

Bronze Porsche Taycan
Porsche

Despite focusing more on performance than other models in this list, the Porsche Taycan still manages to include plenty of luxury within the cabin, becoming a solid all-round choice for an electric sedan. Due to its performance, however, the 2024 Taycan has a higher starting price of $90,900.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Electric Motors with 79.2 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

375 HP

Torque

263 LB-FT

Driveline

RWD

0-60 MPH

5.1 Seconds

Top Speed

143 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

208 Miles

(Data was collected from Porsche)

The Taycan has also been on the market for longer than other models in this list, being released in 2019. Over the years, Porsche has continued to improve the Taycan to achieve a reliability score of 66/100. Even though the Taycan is expected to be more reliable than other new cars in 2024, it still has two recalls to its name, both of which were due to the electrical system causing a risk of fire.


Pros

  • Excellent acceleration capabilities
  • Responsive, sharp handling
  • A smooth ride from its two electric motors

Cons

  • The visibility isn’t great from the cabin
  • Interior controls aren’t the most intuitive

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1 2024 Lexus RZ

Reliability Score: 79/100

2024 Lexus RZ
Lexus

Across the industry, Lexus is a brand that has built and maintained one of the best reliability reputations in recent years. In J.D Power’s 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus came out on top with 135 problems reported per 100 vehicles. Despite electric vehicles usually having lower reliability scores, the 2024 Lexus RZ manages to rival many brand-new combustion-engined cars.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Dual Electric Motors with 72.8 kWh Battery

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

308 HP

Torque

321 LB-FT

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

5 Seconds

Top Speed

99 MPH

EPA-Estimated Range

266 Miles

(Data was collected from Lexus)

Overall, the 2024 Lexus RZ has a predicted reliability score of 79/100, making it the most reliable luxurious electric car in 2024. Despite Lexus offering a solid number of hybrid vehicles, the RZ is the brand’s first all-electric luxury car, making the class-leading reliability score all the more impressive. With the Lexus ZF-FC sedan concept set to enter production in 2026, the Japanese brand sets its sights on rivaling the existing EV manufacturers across multiple different segments.


Pros

  • Smooth, comfortable overall ride
  • The cabin remains quiet at all times
  • Solid acceleration performance

Cons

  • The driving range isn’t quite as high as rivals
  • No glove box compartment

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