WHAT MAKES A HAPPY DRIVER?

WHAT MAKES A HAPPY DRIVER?

Britain’s happiest drivers are likely to be called Daniel or Wendy, live in Dumfries and Galloway and may well drive a Teal Blue or Yellow Škoda – that’s according to the UK’s biggest independent customer car review site,WeLoveAnyCar.com.

Using data supplied by more than 650,000 motorists who have independently rated their cars, WeLoveAnyCar.com has been able to identify not only the models that British drivers are happiest with overall but also who the drivers are and where they come from.

According to the statistics the most frequently seen name for a male motorist happy with his car is Daniel, closely followed by Jack; while for female drivers it’s Wendy and Jane that lead the way in the happiness stakes.

At the other end of the scale Jamie and Wayne are the least satisfied male drivers, while Liz and Tracey are the unhappiest women behind the wheel.

Colour seems to play a part, too, with Teal-coloured cars appearing to satisfy their owners most, followed by Yellow and White. Purple and Brown cars are apparently the least satisfying to own, proving that a vibrant splash of colour can also add a splash of joy to your motoring life.

And that could be just the tonic in Rochester, Kent, where British motorists are apparently the unhappiest with their cars, closely followed by those in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

If you’d rather share the road with happy drivers then make your way to Dumfries and Galloway where motorists profess to be happiest with their cars, or head even further north to Inverness where drivers are second happiest. The most content drivers in England are in Sunderland – third on the overall list despite drivers with the neighbouring Newcastle postcode being among the least satisfied.

Wherever they live owners of Škodas are definitely the happiest in Britain, according to the awards. The Czech brand took the honours for the second year in succession as WeLoveAnyCar.com’s Best Overall Manufacturer. Škoda also won the coveted Best Diesel award, as well as individual categories victories for the Yeti, Roomster and appropriately-named Superb.

A spokesman for  WeLoveAnyCar.com said: “Unlike other car awards, our data gives us the ability to find out why drivers are truly happy or unhappy – taking into account not just the make and model of car they own but also who they are, where they are and why they’re happy or unhappy with their vehicle.

“It’s priceless information, and as the reviews are all live on our site it’s there for any car owner or potential buyer to see what any car is like to live with in the real world. Škoda’s achievement is exceptional as there’s no bias or agenda – just real car owners talking about their experiences. Seeing one brand repeatedly do well clearly shows there’s a reason to like the cars.”

Other notable achievers are Fiat’s performance offshoot, Abarth, which won the new Rising Star of the Year award; Japanese maker Honda for winning the Most Reliable category and Subaru for being the brand most recommended by its owners. Other categories prove that reputation is more than mere perception with Maserati taking the Great to Drive honours, Lexus winning the Most Comfortable Award and SMART the Most Economical.

Renowned motoring journalist and TV commentator Sue Baker, editor-in-chief of WeLoveAnyCar.com, said: “In many ways these are the most honest of any car awards, as they’re judged by the general public. They’re based on the real life experiences of car owners who’ve lived with the vehicles, experienced their good and bad points and are in a far better place to make a comprehensive judgement than a road tester who’s had limited exposure to the model.

“Together, we can tell people what makes a great car. I can say what makes a car fantastic to drive or what makes a fabulous piece of design, but only the real life owners can say what they’re like to live with over an extended period.”

The WeLoveAnyCar.com National Car Awards have been judged by the biggest panel of any car awards programme thanks to more than 650,000 independent reviews. Drivers rate their cars on a scale of 1 to 5 for various features including overall happiness, comfort, handling, fuel economy, performance and value for money.

WeLoveAnyCar.com is a one-stop resource for car buyers, sellers, owners and enthusiasts, with more real-life car data and owner information than any other review site in the UK.

The National Car Awards merit close attention by anyone contemplating buying a car – be it new or second-hand – as well as by those in the motor industry. On a uniquely significant scale, this is the voice of the motoring public speaking out about the cars they have bought and what their experience of them has been.

National Car Award winners, WeLoveAnyCar.com 2014

Best Manufacturer
 
Rising star of the year 2014
1. ABARTH
Best Overall Manufacturer
1. ŠKODA
2. MERCEDES BENZ
3. AUDI
Most Recommended
1. SUBARU
2. PORSCHE
3. ŠKODA
Great To Drive
1. MASERATI
2. PORSCHE
3. ABARTH
Most Exciting To Drive
1. ABARTH
2. PORSCHE
3. BENTLEY
Most Economical
1. SMART
2. ŠKODA
3. CITROËN
Most Comfortable
1. LEXUS
2. BENTLEY
3. JAGUAR
Most Reliable
1. HONDA
2. LEXUS
3. TOYOTA
Best Diesel
1. ŠKODA
2. HONDA
3. MINI
Best Petrol
1. LEXUS
2. MERCEDES BENZ
3. HONDA
Best Models
 
Best Hybrid
1. HONDA INSIGHT
2. LEXUS RX
3. TOYOTA AURIS
Best City Car
1. TOYOTA IQ
2. FIAT PANDA
3. RENAULT TWINGO
Best Convertible
1. MAZDA MX-5
2. BMW 6 SERIES
3. AUDI A3 Cabriolet
Best 4×4
1. VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN
2. TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
3. FORD KUGA
Best Cabriolet Hard Top
1. VOLKSWAGEN EOS
2. RENAULT MEGANE
3. PEUGEOT 207 CC
Best Executive Cars
1. JAGUAR XJ
2. LEXUS GS
3. JAGUAR XF
Best Medium Cars
1. ŠKODA  YETI
2. VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
3. TOYOTA PRIUS
Best Mini MPV
1. ŠKODA  ROOMSTER
2. SEAT ALTEA
3. CITROËN C3 PICASSO
Best MPV
1. FORD S-MAX
2. VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN
3. FORD GALAXY
Best Small Executive
1. BMW 3 SERIES
2. AUDI A4
3. MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS
Best Sports
1. VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO
2. PORSCHE CAYMAN
3. BMW M3
Best Supermini
1. CITROËN DS3
2. FIAT 500
3. TOYOTA YARIS
Best Large Car
1. ŠKODA  SUPERB
2. VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT CC
3. CITROËN C5