British drivers have voted hybrid and electric cars the best to own, according to Auto Express Driver Power 2015 survey.
This year’s car owner survey features a hybrid car in first place and two electric vehicles in its top ten for the first time ever.
The survey, run by Britain’s market-leading website and magazine Auto Express, covers the issues that really matter to motorists; drivers rate their vehicles over ten categories including reliability, running costs, practicality and in-car tech. This year, Driver Power received a record 61,113 responses, up 20% on 2014, confirming it as the UK’s biggest in-depth car ownership satisfaction survey.
The Lexus IS Mk3 takes the number one slot this year, with a satisfaction rating of 93.96%, ending the Skoda Yeti’s three-year stint as the UK’s favourite car. Three-quarters of all Lexus IS owners who responded own the eco-friendly hybrid version. The new Lexus NX, also sold in hybrid form, came sixth overall, while Lexus, was also voted the UK’s favourite manufacturer – it received an astounding eight Driver Power awards in total, also topping the polls for build quality, ease of driving and seat comfort.
Two electric vehicles, the Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF, came in fifth and eighth place respectively out of over 500 models surveyed. Receiving a satisfaction rating of 92.87%, the ZOE scored higher than the Driver Power 2014 winner, the Skoda Yeti, which received 92.78%.
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express, commented: “Car buyers are attracted by the low running costs of hybrid and electric cars, but Driver Power 2015 shows that the whole ownership experience for these cars is pretty enjoyable, too.”
There was British success in Driver Power 2015 for MINI, named most improved manufacturer, while the Jaguar XJ got the highest ratings from owners in the executive car category and owners of the Land Rover Discovery rated their cars’ ride quality the best.