Performance brands Porsche and Jaguar have the taken top spots in the latest JD Power Initial Quality Study.
The American survey looks at problems during the initial 90 days of ownership and is considered a key indicator of long-term reliability.
It is the second year in a row Porsche has topped the survey, having taken top spot from Japanese luxury brand Lexus in 2013.
Jaguar continues to perform strongly with its new range of car, now that it is under the control of Indian industrial giant Tata, beating Lexus into second place.
The first non-premium brand is Hyundai in fourth place, beating Japanese rival Toyota, which ranked fifth.
Despite the ongoing controversy and fall-out from General Motors safety recall problems its flagship brand, Chevrolet, still ranked sixth in the study.
Backing up Hyundai’s strong performance was sister brand Kia which was equal sixth with Chevrolet, underlining the quality improvements both Korean brand have made in recent years. Kia beat German luxury giant BMW, which was ranked eighth, tied with Honda.
The study examines 233 problems, organised across eight groups that include exterior, driving experience, interior and audio/communication/entertainment/navigation.
The industry average was 116 problems per 100 vehicles. Porsche recorded 74 problems per 100 vehicles while last placed Fiat notched up 206 problems per 100 vehicles.
It was a bad result for Fiat Chrysler Group with Jeep scoring the second worst result, Dodge below par and Ram trucks a match for the industry average.
Only Chrysler finished above the industry average with 111 problems per 100 vehicles.
There were some other surprising results at the bottom end of the table. Toyota’s American youth-focused brand Scion ranked fourth last, just ahead of Mitsubishi.
While Mazda and Subaru were also near the bottom of the table and well below the industry average.
- Sydney Morning Herald