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Best cars to own, as voted by owners

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has topped the results of Driver Power 2020 – the UK’s most comprehensive new car satisfaction survey.

It narrowly beat a former Driver Power champion, the Peugeot 3008, proving that despite being on sale for a number of years, it is still a deeply satisfying car to own.

Third place went to the Lexus RX, ahead of another Kia, the Niro, and the second-generation Mazda CX-5.

The big Sorento SUV came out on top with an impressive score of 92.05% and it was also rated as having the best interior, while no car could match it when it comes to practicality and boot space.

Driver Power 2020: top-ranked new cars

1. Kia Sorento
2. Peugeot 3008
3. Lexus RX
4. Kia Niro
5. Mazda CX-5
6. Skoda Kodiaq
7. Toyota Corolla
8. Lexus IS
9. Hyundai Ioniq
10. Skoda Superb

In the annual survey, published exclusively by Auto Express, drivers of cars up to 24 months old were quizzed in all aspects of ownership, across 31 areas that combine to make up nine voting categories. That means Driver Power is able to clearly rate cars across areas as diverse as boot space, quality of in-car tech, economy, ride and handling, and reliability.

“We’ve long been fans of the Kia Sorento, a car which gets so much right,” said Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief at Auto Express.

“It’s the result of Kia listening to its customers, and adapting accordingly. And we shouldn’t overlook the standout performance of the Kia Niro, either, a 4th-place finish overall and the titles of Best Small SUV and Best Plug-in Hybrid is an exceptional result.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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