Kia chases down dominant Skoda in driver review

Michael Moloney, general manager of the Galway Racecourse, with Colm Quinn of Colm Quinn BMW, sponsors of Tuesday's meeting of the Galway Races.

Michael Moloney, general manager of the Galway Racecourse, with Colm Quinn of Colm Quinn BMW, sponsors of Tuesday's meeting of the Galway Races.

It is fair to say the ultimate judges of a good car are the owner drivers, and the Kia cee’d owners have voted the model as Best Compact Family Car in the recent UK 2017 Driver Power new car survey.

Scoring just over 93 per cent overall, cee’d was praised by owners in all categories. The key standout areas were mpg and running costs, exterior styling, as well as infotainment, connectivity and electrics.

Not content with the Best Compact Family Car award, the cee’d also scooped top place in the infotainment, connectivity and electrics category - rated for its user-friendliness and touchscreen visibility. MPG and running costs were also highly rated, with cee’d coming in third place.

With a high score of just over 93 per cent, cee’d came in at fifth overall in the new car survey.

It is not the only Kia that is well liked by its British owners. The Kia Sportage came in 12th overall in the survey with design, comfort and practicality being the key attributes for the popular model.

While Kia did very well, the really big winner was Skoda, with both first and second - the Superb finished on top and the Yeti in second. The Fabia came in 11th place and the Octavia in 21st to round off a great showing for Skoda. Lexus was probably next best with an RX Mk4 in third, a CT Mk 1 in eighth, and the NX Mk 1 in 15th place.

The Power Driver Survey ranks the top 75 new cars to own voted for by readers of Auto Express magazine. Run every year, the survey charts the best cars in Britain as voted for by their owners.

The Top 10 are as follows: 1. Skoda Superb Mk3 (93.42 ); 2. Skoda Yeti Mk1 (93.33 ); 3. Lexus RX Mk4 (93.14 ); 4. Toyota RAV4 Mk4 (93.11 ); 5. Kia cee’d /pro_cee’d Mk2 (93.03 ); 6. Suzuki Vitara Mk2 (93.01 ); 7. SEAT Leon Mk3 (92.8 ); 8. Lexus CT Mk1 (92.42 ); 9. Volvo XC60 Mk1 (92.17 ); 10. Subaru Forester Mk4 (92.15 ).

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