Skoda has been announced as the most reliable car manufacturer in the UK, beating premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

The study, which was conducted by American marketing company JD Power, found that many owners thought that the increased amount of technology integrated into their cars was the cause of many of the problems.

Skoda topped the bill of 24 brands, which saw Land Rover come in last.

However, Emund King, president of the AA, said that many of the problems reported could have been solved by the driver, rather than blaming it on the car.

He said: “A lot of breakdowns, like flat batteries, tyres, fuel and keys, are common to all brands.

“The difference may be that there’s less space in many prestige cars so they often don’t carry a spare tyre, for example. An owner of a Rolls-Royce may well have higher expectations of their car than someone who drives a Peugeot.”

The survey took into account the problems that arose during 12 months of ownership.

The vast majority of drivers reported issues concerning in-car technology such as satellite navigation systems and unreliable radio reception.

Skoda placed in first place ahead of Suzuki and Kia, while last-placed Land Rover sat underneath Dacia and Audi. All manufacturers were placed in order according to problems per 100 vehicles. The average came to 113, with many more premium manufacturers placing much higher than this.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

July 14, 2016

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