British drivers have voted electric and hybrid cars the best to own, according to Driver Power, an annual satisfaction survey by car magazine Auto Express.
This year’s car owner survey features a hybrid car in first place and two electric vehicles in its top 10 for the first time.
The survey received 61,113 responses and drivers rated their vehicles over 10 categories including reliability, running costs, practicality and in-car technology.
The Lexus IS Mk3 takes the number one slot this year, with a satisfaction rating of 93.96%, ending the Skoda Yeti’s three-year stint as the UK’s favourite car. Three-quarters of all Lexus IS owners who responded own the eco-friendly hybrid version. The new Lexus NX, also sold in hybrid form, came sixth overall, while Lexus, was also voted the UK’s favourite manufacturer. It received eight Driver Power awards in total, also topping the polls for build quality, ease of driving and seat comfort.
Two electric vehicles, the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, came in fifth and eighth place out of over 500 models surveyed. The Zoe received a satisfaction rating of 92.87%, beating the Driver Power 2014 winner, the Skoda Yeti, which received 92.78%.
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express, commented: “Car buyers are attracted by the low running costs of hybrid and electric cars, but Driver Power 2015 shows that the whole ownership experience for these cars is pretty enjoyable, too.”