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Skoda Yeti takes top spot in 2014 Auto Express Driver Power

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

The Skoda Yeti.

The Skoda Yeti.

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SKODA has made a clean sweep in an annual driver satisfaction survey, taking the top three places in the national study to find the cars that their owners rate and would happily recommend.

The Yeti once again emerged as the car that owners rate above all others, taking the top spot in the 2014 Auto Express Driver Power.

It is the third year in a row that the Yeti cross-over has been voted the best car in the study, which had votes from more than 50,000 drivers who assessed their cars on a number of criteria which included build quality, reliability, running costs and performance.

The Yeti got an overall satisfaction score of 92.7 per cent and it was followed home by two other Skodas, the Citigo and the Superb taking a close second and third place with 92.6 per cent and 91.6 per cent respectively.

The Yeti was voted easiest car to drive, and the Citigo the most affordable to run.

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.

"This is a spectacular result for Skoda, with the top three cars in our Driver Power survey of more than 50,000 car owners.

"It proves once again that Skoda is building cars that owners genuinely love and would heartily recommend to others."

The Yeti was also named the Best Off-Roader/SUV, the Citigo was voted Best Supermini/City Car and the Superb named Best Family Car.

Alasdair Stewart, brand director for Skoda UK, said: "This is another incredible result for Skoda.

"We're delighted that our customers are so passionate about their cars.

"We know that expectations are higher than ever, so to lock out the top three positions in this year's survey is a great achievement for everyone at Skoda."

The study reveals that motorists are happier with their cars than ever before.

When the poll was launched in 2002, the overall satisfaction rating was 81.75 per cent, but this year that has jumped by around seven points to 88.36 per cent.

Mr Fowler said: "The UK car market is booming at the moment with over two years of consecutive growth and new car registrations up three per cent, and it is no surprise given the Driver Power results.

"Britons are happier than ever with their cars, scoring their vehicles much more highly than in previous years."

The best performing British car was the MG6, which received an overall satisfaction rating of 90.9 per cent and replaced the Porsche Cayman as the winner of the category for the best handling cars.

Steve added: "The MG6 marked the dawn of a new era for the British brand and has proven very popular with owners."

The top 10 cars are the Skoda Yeti, Skoda Citigo, Skoda Superb, BMW 5 Series, Kia Rio, MG6, Toyota Prius, BMW 1 Series, Renault Captur and Kia Cee'd.

Audi, Peugeot and Volkswagen have the most cars in the top 100 with seven models each.

The highest individual score in any category is the Volvo V70's 99.44 per cent for practicality, while the Range Rover Sport Mk1's rating of 65.63 per cent for running costs is the worst individual category score.

Off-roaders and SUVs are the most popular class, accounting for 31 of the Top 150 cars.

The biggest faller is the VW Golf Mk VI, which has plummeted 73 places.

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