The Skoda Octavia has been voted into the top spot in the Auto Express car reliability and satisfaction survey for 2007.
Tens of thousands of British drivers took part in the study, which covered all aspects of car ownership, including dependability, maintenance costs, performance and comfort.
A number of rivals to Skoda’s family car were beaten to the number one position, including models from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
The other cars to feature in the top five were the Lexus RX, the Honda S2000, the new Honda Civic and BMW’s latest 5-Series.
BMW’s old version of the 5-Series still appears to be popular with drivers, in sixth position, followed by the Mazda 6, the new Toyota Corolla, the latest version of the Volkswagen Golf and the Honda Jazz.
Japanese cars’ popularity with British buyers was once again evident in the survey, with the Mazda 3, the Lexus IS, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Rav4 all making an appearance in the top 20.
The only British brands to feature in the top 20 were Rover, with its 75 model in 16th position and Land Rover, whose new Discovery was voted into 20th place.