MotorMartin is certainly a fan of the vehicles contained within ŠKODA’s model range as it’s cars continue to drive home (sic) their reliability, quality, cost, practicality and comfort credentials, a point that was made abundantly clear in the annual Auto Express Driver Power survey of 2016.


Auto Express have let it be known to MotorMartin that the 2016 questionnaire received more than 49,000 responses, covering 32 manufacturers and 183 models, with ŠKODA models featuring heavily in the top 25 overall positions. Along with a number of wins and podium places in various classes and categories, the brand was voted third best in the UK to own, improving on last year’s result with an overall score of 90.45%. MotorMartin loves receiving this type of news up here in MotorMartin Towers as it’s based on real peoples’ views and ownership experiences based around ‘real life’ motoring.


Auto Express have informed MotorMartin that central to the manufacturers success was their best-selling Octavia model which triumphed in the Compact Family Car class. The 1st place category result, which was also the 7th most highly-rated car overall, saw the family model, with prices starting from £16,515, record a score of 92.52%. Very impressive indeed.

Owners were particularly impressed with the model’s practicality, cementing 3rd place in this specific category, confirming its usefulness as a tool for transporting families safely, in comfort and with space to spare. They also recommended its in-car tech (9th overall) and praised its low running costs, reliability and performance. It’s almost as if the owners were using MotorMartin’s manifesto when making their decisions.


Praise for ŠKODA also continued in the Supermini class with two models featuring in the top 5 positions; the well respected Citigo placing second and the excellent Fabia posting a 4th place finish. With a 91.94% rating the smallest car in the ŠKODA range finished 11th in the whole survey, and the slightly larger Fabia returned a score of 91.29% for a 22nd place result.


Finally, not content with the success gained so far, ŠKODA achieved another silver medal which was awarded to the previous generation ŠKODA Superb, a car which beat 163 other vehicles to finish 2nd in the Family Car category with a score of 91.46%. And, not wanting to be left out, the venerable Yeti continued the brand’s trend for high scores, thanks to its 91.58% rating in the toughly contested Offroad/SUV category and 16th overall placement.  

It’s well worth remembering that the ŠKODA range starts at only £8,275 for the Citigo supermini. A bargain when you get a chance to test the quality of this ace little City Car. A series of superb results then and, most importantly, awarded by the people that really matter. You lovely people out there. Well done ŠKODA. For more information, visit

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