Skodas blitz UK car survey

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 06:10 30/05/2014
Skoda Yeti MkI

SKODA YETI MKI: Best Car over all and winner of the Ease of Driving segment too.

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Regarded as the UK's most respected automotive poll, the 2014 Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey which takes data from more than 50,000 motorists and 150 car models, has put three Skodas at the top of its overall satisfaction score.

The survey asks drivers to rate their car out of five in 10 key categories. An independent data processing company then crunches the numbers to provide the scores.

Not all models can be included, as to ensure the results are reliable, a robust sample was required of drivers of each vehicle.

The Skoda Yeti recorded the highest satisfaction score in the entire survey (92.78 per cent), repeating its victory in 2013, with the Citigo (92.62 per cent) and Superb (91.68 per cent) completing a clean sweep of the top three positions.

BMW's 5-series was next, ahead of the Kia Rio, while the biggest surprise was the MG6 in sixth position just two years after the model went into production, with the Chinese/British car also getting the top award in the Best Road Handling category. In the latter category, the MG finished ahead of the Skoda Yeti and the Mazda MX5.

The Most Reliable Car was the Honda Jazz Mark II, ahead of three hybrids in the form of the MKIII and Mk II Toyota Prius, and the Lexus CT200h, followed by Audi's Q3. The Jazz scored a remarkable 98.89 per cent in this category.

Jaguar's XK/R Mk II was rated as Best Performance Car, ahead of the Porsche 997-series 911.

On the question of Best Ride quality, the Land Rover Discovery III narrowly outpointed its Discovery IV, with the MG6 scoring high here too, with third place.

For Ease of Driving, the Skoda Yeti won again, followed by the Land Rover Discovery MkIII, Jaguar's XF MkII, the Toyota Prius MkIII and the Land Rover Discovery Mk IV.

In the Best Family Car bracket, Skoda's Superb Mk II was the winner, head of the MG6 again, while in the Seat Comfort stakes, the Volvo V70 took the title ahead of the Range Rover III and the Land Rover Discovery III.

In the category of In-car Technology, Range Rover's Evoque took the title ahead of the Kia Rio MkIII, the GM Adam, Nissan Qashqai Mk II and the Nissan Juke Mk I.

The survey's Best Build Quality segment was won by Audi's Q5, followed by the same company's A3, the Skoda Yeti Mk I, Honda's Accord Euro II and the Jaguar XK/R Mk II.

At the bottom of the 150-vehicle satisfaction listing were, with the worst in last place: the Mini Countryman MkI on 83.24 per cent, Toyota Corolla Mk IX 83.24 per cent, the VW Passat MkV on 82.95 per cent, the Suzuki Swift MkI on the same score and the GM Antara on 82.88 per cent.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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