By Stewart Smith on 2016-07-13 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Skoda tops for
CZECH car maker Skoda has topped the ranks of automotive brands for vehicle dependability in the UK.
The comapny has recorded back-to-back victories in the J.D. Power UK Vehicle Dependability Study with two models, the Fabia and Yeti, topping their sector for quality and reliability.
The study measured problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of vehicles in the UK after 12-36 months of ownership.
The findings were based on responses from more than 13,000 owners of 2013-2015 models.
J.D. Power examined 177 problem symptoms across eight categories: engine and transmission; vehicle exterior; driving experience; features/controls/displays, audio/communication/entertainment/navigation, seats, heating, ventilation and cooling and vehicle interior.
Overall dependability was determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
Skoda ranked the highest for vehicle dependability with a score of 66 - an even better result than the brand recorded in last year. The overall industry average was 113 problems per 100 vehicles.
The 2016 survey also studied vehicle dependability in key sectors and, once again, Skoda models were at the top of two categories.
The Fabia was ranked at the most dependable car in the Small Car category, while the Yeti finished top of the Compact SUV sector. The Octavia also performed well, finishing second in the Compact Car category.
In the overall J. D. Power study, Suzuki ranked second with 79 PP100, followed by Kia with 80 PP100; Vauxhall with 90 PP100; and Peugeot and Volkswagen in a tie with 92 PP100 each. The overall industry average is 113 PP100, a slight improvement from 114 PP100 in 2015.
After the Fabia and Yeti, the Ford B-MAX, Kia Picanto, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Toyota Auris and Vauxhall Insignia were the most dependable models in their respective classes.
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