Some of the UK’s top cars should be recalled.
The consumer rights organisation polled 47,013 car owners and found “prolific faults which it claimed indicate “a weakness in the manufacturing process that should be addressed immediately”.
It found that some car makers had failed to fix long-standing problems.
Tesla’s Model S, Nissan’s Qashqai (pictured) and the BMW 5 Series Touring, all had the same issues that drivers reported in a survey last year.
More than one in five owners of Qashqais less than three years old said they had to replace the battery in the last 12 months.
Two other Nissan models also had high breakdown rates with 28 per cent of Pulsar owners reporting battery issues and 20 per cent of Juke owners experiencing problems with the fuel component system.
The Japanese carmaker said it had contacted 35,000 Qashqai owners to inform them about potential propblems and offer a free vehicle upgrade.
Respondents to the poll reported fault’s with Tesla’s £50,000-plus Model S electric car. Some 18 per cent of drivers of Model S built between 2013 and 2017 had issues with pop-out door handles, Which? found.
Harry Rose, editor of Which? Magazine, said: “It is completely unacceptable that these trusted car brands continue to take customer cash without fixing these widespread faults, many of which are already well-known thanks to our comprehensive survey of UK motorists.
“Currently, car owners will have to foot the bill for faults once their car goes out of warranty, but it is not right for anyone to have to pay for production mistakes that these manufacturers are aware of.”
Of the 280 car models Which? had reliability data for, the BMW 5 Series Touring car, produced between 2010 to 2017, had the second-highest fault rate linked to one single problem.