Having once been viewed by many as a laughing stock Skoda now makes the world's most reliable cars, the results of a new survey by JD Power suggest.
Across the industry the annual Vehicle Dependability Survey found an average of 114 problems per 100 cars aged between one and three years.
But among Skoda's cars only 77 problems per 100 vehicles were typically found, less than for any other manufacturer.
The survey's results put Kia in second place when it comes to dependability with Suzuki third, Nissan fourth and Mercedes-Benz and Toyota joint fifth.
JD Power says Skoda owes its top spot to strong performances across its range of models. Individual commendations have been won by the Kia Cee'd, Nissan Juke and Suzuki Alto.
Among premium cars an average of 155 problems per 100 cars were uncovered, with only Mercedes and Volvo performing better than the industry average.
The study suggests that five of the 11 most commonly found problems are linked to cars' navigation, entertainment, audio and communications systems.
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