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How do you increase the value of a Skoda?

We all remember the old jokes, of course. How do you double the value of a Skoda? Fill it up with petrol. What do you call a convertible Skoda? A skip. It seems though that Skoda is having the last laugh as their Yeti model has just topped a national satisfaction survey. Just to make their grin even wider, two other Skoda models are listed in the top ten.

We all remember the old jokes, of course. How do you double the value of a Skoda? Fill it up with petrol. What do you call a convertible Skoda? A skip. It seems though that Skoda is having the last laugh as their Yeti model has just topped a national satisfaction survey. Just to make their grin even wider, two other Skoda models are listed in the top ten. Lots of motorists have their opinions about which car is the best in the world but perhaps a survey which asks drivers who own the vehicles how happy they are with their car is the best way to judge which cars are really the best as far as their owners are concerned. It is hard to judge like with like in an industry which sells Ferraris and Rolls-Royces as well as Minis and MPVs but an ownership survey judges how well each car is doing according to its owner's expectations.

The Auto Express annual ownership survey questioned 46,000 car owners about their vehicles. The Skoda Yeti came first with an overall satisfaction rating of 92.65%. The Skoda Superb was second and the Skoda Octavia managed sixth; quite an achievement for a brand that not so long ago was the butt of so many bad jokes. At the other end of the price scale, the Jaguar XF managed a very creditable third place, again not bad for a make which used to attract so many complaints about reliability and build quality. The Renault Scenic, Mazda CX-5, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Land Rover Discovery, BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class made up the rest of the top ten.

Auto Express chief editor, Steve Fowler commented: "We've always liked the Yeti, it's a former Auto Express Car of the Year, so it's great to see so many owners agreeing with us. They like its practicality, the tech on board and how easy and enjoyable it is to drive." Commenting on the inclusion of two British cars on the list, Fowler added: "For the British company especially, it's great news given the recent launch of premium new models like the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport; they're clearly moving in the right direction". Survey winner, Skoda, has clearly undergone a complete transformation in its fortunes since the Czech firm was bought over by Volkswagen in the 1990s. Last month, sales of Skodas in the UK reached a record high with over 9,000 units being sold.
 

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