Best for build quality

Is your car free of squeaks and rattles? We name those that are.

Category: Build Quality

Have you ever been driven mad by a rattle in your car’s cabin that you can’t pinpoint?

Or maybe it’s the squeak that the armrest developed after you went over a speed hump that drove you to distraction?

The quality of the fit and finish of any car is crucial to its long term durability, and hints at reliability too. In the build category we asked you to rate how well your model is screwed together.

This is a particularly crucial category for any car buyer, because build quality is one thing that is very difficult do judge in the showroom.

A model might seem to be built to last when it’s factory fresh, but what you need to know is how long the doors shut with a satisfying clunk… and whether the switchgear will always work with such precision.

While this chart has traditionally been dominated by Japanese models, a new build quality champion has been crowned. The talents of Skoda’s Yeti know no limits, and its victory here shows that it offers engineering quality to go with its superb design. 

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Honda’s old shape Jazz is putting in a fine performance for used models in second place, while it’s a wooden spoon for Fiat’s old Grande Punto, which finishes last.

What you said: “It has big car qualities in a compact package, plus I’m a big fan of the high driving position and van-like load capacity.” Yeti Owner Geoff Titchener, from West Wickham in Kent. 

“This is the second Jazz I have owned. As with the last one it is a car for almost every purpose and is very reliable.” Honda Jazz Driver.

1

SKODAYETI96.34%

2

HONDAJAZZ OLD94.75%

3

AUDIA6 MKIII94.29%

4

HONDAJAZZ NEW93.98%

5

AUDIA393.69%

6

VOLVOS6093.45%

7

SKODASUPERB NEW93.33%

8

JAGUARXF92.82%

9

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIV92.70%

10

AUDIA4 MKIV92.62%

11

AUDITT/ROADSTER NEW92.62%

12

VOLKSWAGENSCIROCCO92.50%

13

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKIII92.32%

14

SKODAOCTAVIA NEW92.31%

15

LEXUSIS NEW92.14%

16

VOLVOV5092.00%

17

HONDACR-V MKIII91.94%

18

JAGUARS-TYPE91.65%

19

AUDIA4 MKIII91.65%

20

ROVER7591.36%

21

BMW3-SERIES MKIII90.92%

22

MERCEDESA-CLASS NEW90.80%

23

MERCEDESE-CLASS MKIII90.79%

24

SAAB9-5 OLD90.68%

25

LAND ROVERFREELANDER NEW90.67%

26

VAUXHALLASTRA MKVI90.60%

27

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKVI90.39%

28

BMW3-SERIES MKIV90.10%

29

HYUNDAICOUPE90.00%

30

AUDIA590.00%

31

KIACEE’D89.90%

32

HONDAACCORD MKVII89.77%

33

NISSANQASHQAI89.71%

34

VauxhallINSIGNIA89.64%

35

HYUNDAII30 (clean)89.58%

36

BMW1-SERIES89.45%

37

SKODAFABIA NEW89.41%

38

MAZDAMX-5/RC MKIII89.04%

39

BMW5-SERIES MKV89.01%

40

VOLVOS4088.89%

41

HONDACIVIC MKVII88.47%

42

TOYOTACOROLLA88.20%

43

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT 2000-200587.63%

44

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S NEW87.23%

45

VOLKSWAGENGOLF MKV87.22%

46

MAZDA6 NEW87.03%

47

NISSANNOTE86.73%

48

JAGUARX-TYPE86.72%

49

SEATALTEA86.67%

50

FIATPANDA86.33% 

51

MAZDA6 OLD86.14%

52

RENAULTLAGUNA MKIII86.07%

53

FORDMONDEO MKIV86.02%

54

NISSANMICRA MKIII85.88%

55

TOYOTAAVENSIS OLD85.83%

56

MERCEDESC-CLASS MKII85.82%

57

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT OLD85.66%

58

SEATLEON MKII85.43%

59

VAUXHALLZAFIRA NEW84.80%

60

VOLKSWAGENTOURAN84.76%

61

VAUXHALLCORSA NEW84.50%

62

MAZDA2 NEW84.23%

63

MAZDARX-884.16%

64

TOYOTAYARIS NEW84.11%

65

FIAT50083.46%

66

VOLKSWAGENPOLO MKIV83.33%

67

ALFA ROMEO15983.13%

68

FIATBRAVO83.13%

69

FORDS-MAX82.99%

70

FORDFIESTA MKVI82.96%

71

RENAULTMEGANE MKIII82.94%

72

VAUXHALLASTRA MKV82.75%

73

FORDFOCUS OLD82.73%

74

MINIONE/COOPER/COOPER S OLD82.73%

75

TOYOTAAURIS82.40%

76

HONDACIVIC MKVIII82.24%

77

CITROENC5 NEW82.22%

78

SEATIBIZA MKIV81.82%

79

FORDFOCUS 1998-200481.80%

80

CITROENC4 PICASSO81.65%

81

VAUXHALLMERIVA OLD81.64%

82

SAAB 9-381.58%

83

FORDFIESTA MKV81.09%

84

VAUXHALLVECTRA MKIII80.81%

85

PEUGEOT20780.49%

86

FORDC-MAX OLD79.78%

87

FORDMONDEO MKIII79.54%

88

VAUXHALLCORSA OLD79.39%

89

CITROENXSARA PICASSO79.35%

90

RENAULTCLIO MKIII78.99%

91

LAND ROVERFREELANDER OLD78.18%

92

ALFA ROMEO15677.18%

93

RENAULTSCENIC/GRAND SCENIC MKII76.07%

94

PEUGEOT30775.71%

95

FORDKA OLD74.55%

96

CITROENC4 OLD74.46%

97

RENAULTCLIO MKII74.29%

98

FIATPUNTO74.19%

99

RENAULTMEGANE MKII72.98%

100

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