The Kia Sportage is the most satisfying car to own, while Jaguar has the best car range all-round for owner satisfaction, according to the 2012 JD Power-What Car ownership survey.
The Sportage achieved the highest rating overall for an individual model, with an average ownership score of 83.8 per cent.
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The crossover SUV edged just ahead of the Jaguar XF saloon, which came second scoring 83.4 per cent on average. The Sportage also beat the Toyota Prius which came top of this list last year but this time settles for third place with an 83.0 per cent score average.
The JD Power survey interviewed nearly 18,000 car owners in the UK, each with models they've had for an average of two years.
It was assessed just how satisfied these owners were with their car, using a scoring system determined by categories including vehicle appeal, quality, reliability, costs and dealer satisfaction.
Half of the top ten for most satisfying cars is filled with Japanese brand models. Two European models however, the Skoda Superb and Mercedes E-Class, filled the fourth and five place spots in this particular chart.
At the opposite end of the scale, the Vauxhall Vectra came last out of 118 models featuring in the survey, with an average ownership satisfaction score of 70.2 per cent.
The Nissan Pixo sits just above with a 70.8 per cent score, and is followed by the Chevrolet Matiz, Suzuki Alto and Ford Ka to complete the bottom five.
JD Power/What Car's Top Ten Satisfying Cars To Own
1. Kia Sportage
2. Jaguar XF
3. Toyota Prius
4. Skoda Superb
5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
6. Toyota IQ
7. Honda Jazz
8. Volkswagen Passat CC
=9. Lexus IS
=9. Toyota Avensis
JD Power/What Car's Bottom Ten Satisfying Cars To Own
118. Vauxhall Vectra
117. Nissan Pixo
116. Chevrolet Matiz
115. Suzuki Alto
114. Ford Ka
113. Renault Clio
112. Fiat Grande Punto/Punto Evo
111. Mitsubishi Colt
110. Ford Galaxy
109. Peugeot 107
Jaguar - most satisfying manufacturer
The survey's table for manufacturer ranges was topped by Jaguar which scored an average of 82.8 per cent for satisfaction across its entire line-up.
Jaguar scored over two per cent higher than the previously dominant Lexus, which had top this survey's results for the last 11 years. This time however Lexus finished equal second with Skoda, as both averaged a score of 80.1 per cent with owners.
The rest of the top ten is almost entirely filled by Japanese and German manufacturers. Honda and Mercedes occupy fourth and fifth in the table, and are followed by Toyota, Audi and Volkswagen. Swedish car makers Volvo are the exception in ninth, while BMW and Nissan share tenth on the list.
Kia may have the most satisfying car to own in the Sportage, but in the manufacturer table it could only manage to share 13th place with Seat, as both scored an average of 76.9 per cent for satisfaction across their full range.
Owners were least satisfied with Chevrolet, which placed 27th and bottom of the manufacturers table with an average score of just 71.3 per cent for its full range.
That score is over 2 per cent lower than that achieved by Vauxhall which came second to last with a 74.7 per cent average, just edged by Fiat on 74.8 per cent. The bottom five is completed by Suzuki which averaged 75.3 per cent and Renault with 75.6 per cent.
JD Power/What Car's Top Ten Manufacturers For Ownership Satisfaction
JD Power/What Car's Bottom Ten Manufacturers For Ownership Satisfaction
19. Alfa Romeo