Best car manufacturers 2014

30 Apr, 2014 12:01am

Driver Power 2014 results reveal the top car brands, thanks to over 50,000 votes

The Driver Power 2014 Top 150 revealed the best cars in Britain to own –and now we’ve compiled a list of the top makers behind them. More than 50,000 of you voted in Britain’s most influential car satisfaction survey this year, and we can tell you who your favourite manufacturers are - see the comprehensive table below.

For our Top 150, only cars with sufficient responses were considered, but our manufacturer chart takes into account even the smallest sellers. They’re ranked in the same 10 categories – reliability, build quality, practicality, running costs, ease of driving, performance, road handling, ride quality, seat comfort and in-car tech – and some familiar names will be surprised at how they’ve fared this year.

Our data shows that overall percentage ratings are up since 2013, which has made the competition tougher than ever. But who has taken the top spot? See the results below - you can click through to each category using the drop-down box.

After losing its number one position to Lexus in 2013, Skoda has reclaimed its place as Britain’s best car maker. Owners expressed their delight with the Czech brand’s cars, with the company gaining a rating of 89.75 per cent for overall satisfaction. 

It came top for running costs overall, and within this it was the best-placed company for fuel economy and servicing costs. It was also rated the best car maker for practicality. With readers voting the Yeti, Citigo and Superb their top three cars, 2014 has been a very successful year for Skoda.

British brands fared well, with Jaguar second and MG third, with scores of 89.34 per cent and 88.98 per cent respectively. This tops off a superb return to Driver Power for MG, which also saw the MG6 take sixth place in the model rundown as well as being crowned best-handling car.

There was also good news for French brand Peugeot, which jumped up 17 places to 14th in this year’s chart, making it the most improved manufacturer.