Skoda bosses were celebrating today after winning a top car of the year award for the sixth time – in just eight years.
The Czech manufacturer swept the board in the Driver Power survey – as voted by car owners themselves – by taking first, second and third places.
Its super-successful Skoda Yeti took the top spot for the third consecutive year with a customer satisfaction score of 92.78 percent.
It is the fourth year running Skoda has been voted No1, confirming the brand as a firm favourite among British motorists.
The pint-sized Skoda Citigo (92.62 per cent) and Skoda Superb saloon (91.69 per cent) came second and third.
BMW’s 5 Series (91.45 per cent) beat the Kia Rio (91.11 per cent) to fourth place with the MG6, Toyota Prius, BMW 1 Series, Renault Captur and Kia Cee’d making up the top ten.
Skoda has now topped the Auto Express Driver Power Survey for six of the last eight years.
More than 50,000 motorists were surveyed this year, with the average satisfaction rating of a car in the Driver Power Top 100 hitting 88.36 per cent.
This is an increase of seven per cent in ten years, with Brits happier with their cars than ever before.
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said: “Skoda has done a brilliant job of building cars that people love.
“Skoda entered the crossover class with the Yeti in 2009 and it proved an instant hit, with demand outstripping supply as soon as dealers opened the order books.
“The car’s appeal hasn’t waned, and the company kept its latest update very simple.
“It’s great to see the Skoda Citigo in the top three, too – it’s a fantastic city car that appeals across many levels.”
Owners rated their cars on reliability, build quality, running costs, performance, road handling, ride quality, ease of driving, seat comfort, practicality and in-car technology.
Top / Bottom reliability – Honda Jazz / Range Rover MKIII
Top / Bottom build quality – Audi Q5 / Alfa Romeo MiTo
Top / Bottom running costs – Skoda Citigo / Range Rover Sport MK1
Top / Bottom performance – Jaguar XKR / Vauxhall Corsa MKIII
Top / Bottom road handling – MG6 / Citroen C3 Picasso
Top / Bottom ride quality – Land Rover Discovery III / Mini MKII
Top / Bottom ease of driving - Skoda Yeti / Citroen C3 Picasso
Top / Bottom seat comfort – Volvo V70 MKII / Skoda Fabia MKI
Top / Bottom practicality – Volvo V70 MKIII / Volvo C30
Top / Bottom in-car tech – Range Rover Evoque / Toyota Corolla MKIX
Top Ten Cars overall:
Skoda Yeti – 92.78%
Skoda Citigo – 92.62%
Skoda Superb – 91.68%
BMW 5 Series – 91.45%
Kia Rio – 91.11%
MG6 – 90.92%
Toyota Prius – 90.90%
BMW 1 Series – 90.84%
Renault Captur – 90.84%
Kia Cee’d – 90.81%