For years derided as a joke, Skoda has been re-invented as a quality, good-value brand during its 20 years under the wing of parent company Volkswagen.
Now the Czech marque’s flagship saloon – the Superb – has been voted the most satisfying car to own in Britain, in the 2013 JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
It was closely followed by the Skoda Yeti crossover 4×4, which beat the Jaguar XF to second place and also won the best compact SUV category.
The iconic British marque wasn’t left without cause to celebrate, however, topping the ranks for the best overall manufacturer. Skoda came in fourth with Lexus and Honda taking second and third spots.
The JD Power survey measures customer satisfaction with their car and the treatment they get from dealerships, with factors such as vehicle appeal, quality and reliability, and ownership costs all taken into consideration.
Japanese and German brands dominated the top ten, with Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus all scoring highly.
In contrast, the bottom of the scale was populated with Italian and French brands, with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Peugeot 107 amongst the most unsatisfactory cars.
Ford also came near the bottom of the manufacturer rankings, despite its Fiesta supermini being the most popular new car in the UK.
With respondents to the JD Power survey having driven a collective 340 million miles, it is amongst the most accurate representations of consumer satisfaction in the industry.
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