Monday, 18 June 2018

Porsche owners vote with feet

EVERY year the annual Which? Car Survey asks the question: “Who makes the best cars?” And for the second year

EVERY year the annual Which? Car Survey asks the question: “Who makes the best cars?” And for the second year in a row, the influential publication has rated Porsche the ‘Best Car Brand’ in the UK.

The consumer magazine combined its own test data with opinions from readers to create a picture of the overall reliability and satisfaction of each marque.

In the 2013 result, Porsche achieved a Brand score of 87 per cent and a customer score of 94 per cent — both rankings significantly ahead of its closest rivals.

Based on the assessment of more than 57,000 vehicles up to eight years old, the writers concluded: “Topping the standings for the second year in a row, the addition of the new 911 to the ratings has done the Stuttgart-based manufacturer no harm.

“Reliability for cars over three years old is decent, and owners who can afford to buy one are fanatical about their worth, giving the brand a 94 per cent customer score. Upcoming test scores for the latest Boxster and Cayman are expected to further bolster this strong showing.”

In terms of which individual cars are judged the most satisfying to own, the ‘Type 986’ Boxster (1996 to 2004) and the ‘Type 987’ Boxster (2004 to 2012) each achieved a customer score of more than 90 per cent.

Reader comments summed up the appeal of the two-seater roadster thus: “Great looks, electrifying performance, superb build quality, decent economy and marvellous steering. And as for the sound of the flat-six engine….”

By Nigel Wigmore

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