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"Britain's Best & Worst Cars"

Look at Skoda go! [:)]

A Driver Power survey by 'Auto Express' covers virtually every car on the road,
with 46,000 owners taking part.

Heroes
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Honda S2000

Proof that you can have it all. The fun-to-drive roadster came top for reliability, braking and build quality. Yet it never seems to get the high-profile promotion it deserves from its makers.

Skoda Octavia

The new version of the Octavia comes in a stonking second, well ahead of its VW, Audi and Seat cousins (they're all part of the same group). Low running costs and fine value for money. An Audi on the cheap. No one's joking about Skoda now.

Honda Jazz

Third overall and best for practicality and ease of driving, with traditional Honda virtues of a light gearchange and steering coming to the fore.

Honda Accord

Fourth place overall, with good rather than outstanding scores across the board. Getting more popular as a company car, and you can even get one that steers itself. Awesome.

Skoda Fabia

Fifth, with the only weakish spot its brakes. The Czech-built model comes 71 places ahead of the pricier VW Polo, even though that car shares its platform. Why pay more?


Villains
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Peugeot 206

Still perky looking and will run alongside the newer 207 for a few years. Strangely, came bottom for ease of driving. Must do better.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Like the Punto, this has now been superseded by a new version. A poor showing for a premium-badged car, and it came last for ride quality and handling. Plenty of sales, but it may not have helped Mercedes' image.

Rover 25

No longer made, of course, and maybe this is why. Despite Rover's attempts to cosset its buyers this car came bottom for comfort and third from last overall. Running costs not too bad.

Vauxhall Corsa

Very low running costs and not much else to commend in this popular little car. According to the survey it's badly made and awful to drive. A new model arrives in the summer, and not before time, it would appear.

Fiat Punto (old)

Bottom of the pile. Poor ride quality, performance, braking, build and reliability did for it, although it has reasonable running costs. Fiat must be praying that its smart new Grande Punto will restore its fragile reputation.

BRITAIN'S BEST AND WORST CARS

1. HONDA S2000& 92.59%
2. SKODA OCTAVIA NEW 90.78%
3. HONDA JAZZ 89.95%
4. HONDA ACCORD NEW 88.19%
5. SKODA FABIA 87.67%
6. SKODA OCTAVIA OLD 87.62%
7. LEXUS IS OLD 87.47%
8. BMW 5-SERIES OLD 87.08%
9. BMW X5 87.03%
10. BMW 5-SERIES NEW 86.99%
11. MAZDA 6 86.69%
12. JAGUAR S-TYPE 86.36%
13. KIA SORENTO 86.29%
14. MAZDA RX-8 86.18%
15. HONDA CR-V 86.07%
16. VW TOURAN 86.01%
17. TOYOTA RAV4 85.81%
18. VOLVO V70 85.79%
19. ROVER 75 85.78%
20. BMW 3-SERIES NEW 85.78%
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81. SEAT IBIZA 79.09%
82. FORD FIESTA NEW 78.59%
83. ROVER 45 78.50%
84. PEUGEOT 406 78.48%
85. RENAULT MEGANE NEW 78.35%
86. MG ZR 78.34%
87. RENAULT LAGUNA 77.89%
88. NISSAN MICRA OLD 77.15%
89. CITROEN C3 76.90%
90. L ROVER DISCOVERY OLD 76.72%
91. VAUXHALL ASTRA OLD 76.70%
92. RENAULT CLIO OLD 76.51%
93. FORD KA/SPORT KA 76.41%
94. PEUGEOT 307 76.18%
95. L ROVER FREELANDER 76.05%
96. VAUXHALL CORSA 75.89%
97. MERCEDES A-CLASS OLD 75.64%
98. ROVER 25 74.80%
99. PEUGEOT 206 74.70%
100. FIAT PUNTO 73.93%

See the full results at
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/65609/driver_power_2006_the_results.html
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RE: "Britain's Best & Worst Cars"

Funny, I have been thinking about buying a S2000. Such a great driving little car! Instead I bought a '94 E320 with 21k miles on it (my aunts), and a '85 Eldorado Biarritz with 39k miles on it with every stinkin' option ever offered that year (rare). Not really the same is it? Oh well. At least there will be no depreciation.

PS The British are typically better judges of autos than most US auto critics.
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We had a Skoda Fabia in the car pool at work. I hate to say it but was far better than the Merc A140.

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RE: "Britain's Best & Worst Cars"

Have spent some time in an S2000. Fun, nice handling little car. Although not something I would buy. The whole having to 'drive it like you stole it' to get any acceleration out of it gets old. HP figures are good but needs some torque. Can't believe the older ones came with plastic rear windows. Also not a huge fan of the interior. But you will have a reliable car.
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The whole having to 'drive it like you stole it' to get any acceleration out of it gets old.
Totally agree... I love the car but I haven't wanted to do 5000 rpm since I was a teenager.

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The whole having to 'drive it like you stole it' to get any acceleration out of it gets old.
Totally agree... I love the car but I haven't wanted to do 5000 rpm since I was a teenager.
now marsden, i know if a neon can revv to 7250, that this little japanocar can best it, isnt that all japanese cars do, really? revv up, but not so much push you back like a powerful car should?

my dad has issues with the neon because it isnt torquey, he calls it a gutless wonder.

ohh how his tune changed the first time he drove it like its made to be driven[:D]

serious wheel-hop if the steering is barely turned, but itll make tire noise till 3rd... cant do that in a 240d, huh?

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Worst British cars had to be those nasty little Triumph Spitfires you unloaded on us back in the 70's and 80s. God those were bad cars. The best was the Austin Healy 3000. You were insane to quit making them.

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Yeah but you know the Brits were years ahead of us in Electric vehicles and fuel economy.-Somebody post a picture of a Milk float and a Robin Reliant!
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Yeah but you know the Brits were years ahead of us in Electric vehicles and fuel economy.-Somebody post a picture of a Milk float and a Robin Reliant!
In my mind, if it has more than three wheels, it ain't a milk float. The sound and vision of these bring back memories of my tender years [:)]



I'll leave it to "Only Fools and Horses" fans to post the Robin Reliant pic.


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^^^^^

When my kids were at prep school,one of the mums had a milkfloat as her run-about-town.It looked so strange amongst the Porsches,Benzs and Chelsea tractors.I think she was a woman ahead of her time,but her kids hid their faces as they climbed on board.
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