Drivers 'happier with their cars'

Research has shown an improvement in vehicle ownership satisfaction levels this year, with the Lexus IS emerging as the star performer.

The study of over 16,000 car owners showed that drivers are growing happier with their cars.

The biggest improvement was recorded in the car servicing category, according to the report by information services firm JD Power and Associates and What Car? magazine.

Lexus also ranked highest in the manufacturers' satisfaction table, while Vauxhall fell to the bottom of the list. The Ford Ka was last in the model table.

Overall satisfaction levels stood at 79.4% this year, in comparison with 78.9% recorded last year.

Other vehicles that owners were satisfied with included the Honda Accord, the Lexus RX third, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Prius.

Just above the Ford Ka at the bottom of the model table was the Kia Rio (in 107th place), with the Vauxhall Corsa 106th and the Suzuki SX4 105th.

In the manufacturers' table, Honda was second to Lexus, with Jaguar third, Skoda fourth and Mini fifth.

At the bottom, just above 28th and last-placed Vauxhall was Suzuki (27th), with Chevrolet 26th, Peugeot 25th and Mitsubishi 24th.

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