Toyota Prius most satisfying car Photo:

Sell your car without the hassle.
Get an instant offer from areyouselling. FIND OUT MORE

Steane Klose | May, 10 2007 | 0 Comments

Boring is the new black

So which car has provided you with the most satisfying ownership experience? Unbelievably in my opinion it appears that the most satisfying car to own in the UK at least is the Toyota Prius. Do they have a hankering for underwhelming transport...?

Global quality experts J.D Power in association with What Car? Magazine conducted a poll of motorists who were asked to name the most satisfying car that they had owned for more than two years.

The Toyota Prius shared first place with the Lexus IS. In fact Toyota / Lexus held 5 of the top ten positions. It seems that the average motorist equates ‘satisfaction’ to reliability and efficiency which is fair enough but whatever happened to character and soul being a source of satisfaction?

"We know there's an increase in consumer interest in environmentally friendly cars here in the UK, and with the Prius topping the model rankings in the 2007 study, we may be seeing a trend emerging." Said Steve Fowler, editor of What Car?

The Prius uses a petrol-electric hybrid system to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions which is commendable. Currently it is the darling of tree-huggers and Hollywood stars alike. Leonardo diCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Jane Fonda, Harrison-Ford and Meryl Streep all own one. The marketing of the Prius is proving to be one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the motor-vehicle.


The Skoda Octavia (above) which is due to arrive later this year in Australia was the highest ranking European brand and its interesting to note that nine of the top twelve place getters were Japanese brands. When it comes to build quality and precision there is no doubt that the Japanese manufacturers currently have the competition licked.

The least satisfying cars to own are dominated by French and Italian manufacturers with the Smart Roadster coming in dead last, which is probably where it belongs.

Top Ten

1= Toyota Prius

1= Lexus IS

3/. Honds Jazz

4/. Lexus RX

5/. Skoda Octavia

6/. Honda Accord

7/. Skoda Fabia

8= Toyota Avensis

8= Toyota Corolla

10/. Toyota Yaris

Bottom Ten

113/. Smart Roadster

112/. Chrysler Voyager/Grand Voyager

110= Ford Ka

110= Alfa Romeo 147

109/. Mitsubishi Shogun

108/. Vauxhall Tigra

107/. Citroen C2

106/. Fiat Punto

105/. Peugeot 407

104/. Renault Megane

TMR Comments
Latest Comments
New cars for sale View more
Hyundai i30 N $19,990 to $19,990
Plus ORC
$44,177 More Information
Lexus CT200h Luxury $40,900 to $40,900
Plus ORC
$45,114 More Information
Jeep Compass Limited $28,850 to $28,850
Plus ORC
Special Offer $45,258 More Information
Nissan JUKE NISMO $23,490 to $23,490
Plus ORC
$45,722 More Information
Audi Q2 design $41,800 to $41,800
Plus ORC
$46,041 More Information
MINI Countryman Cooper $41,900 to $41,900
Plus ORC
$46,144 More Information
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce $29,900 to $29,900
Plus ORC
Special Offer $41,900 More Information
BMW 118i M Sport $39,990 to $39,990
Plus ORC
$47,267 More Information
Peugeot 3008 GT Line $36,990 to $36,990
Plus ORC
Special Offer $49,110 More Information
Mercedes-Benz GLA180 $44,200 to $44,200
Plus ORC
$48,537 More Information
Show All