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Saturday, 23 July 2016
Dacia voted fourth most reliable brand in 2016 Which? Car Survey, You dont need an expensive brand to be good.
Dacia voted fourth most reliable brand in 2016 Which? Car Survey
Owners award Dacia a top 90% satisfaction score – above many premium and luxury brands
34 manufacturers rated in the UK’s largest ownership satisfaction survey
Latest ownership accolade for the no-nonsense car manufacturer
Over 4 million Dacias have been sold since 2004
Dacia has been voted the fourth most reliable car brand out of the 34 manufacturers in the 2016 Which? Car Survey – the largest of its type in the UK – outperforming many well-established and premium brands.
Dacia received a 90% satisfaction score from customers completing the 2016 car brand reliability survey – placing the no-nonsense car company above many premium and luxury brands.
The Dacia Duster – the best value SUV on the UK market – was voted third Best Compact SUV by Which? readers for ownership satisfaction. The Dacia Sandero, the UK’s most affordable new car, received a Which? four-star reliability rating from owners with the Dacia Logan MCV – offering the more space for owners’ money than any other car in the UK – also received a Which? four-star reliability rating.
Nic Shaw, Cars Editor, Which?, said: “Our survey, the biggest of its kind in the UK, reveals that spending more on a car is no guarantee of reliability, and sometimes quite the opposite. The ultra-affordable Dacia Sandero shows that a reliable runaround need not break the bank and Dacia finishing fourth overall in our manufacturer reliability league table is a strong achievement for a relatively new car brand.”
Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, commented: “We’re delighted that the Which? Car Survey 2016 is another endorsement from Dacia owners of how satisfied they are with their cars. Dacia is continuing to go from strength to strength in the UK with the range matching value for money with quality, reliability and owner satisfaction matching far more established vehicle manufacturers.”
The annual Which? Car Survey in 2016, measuring reliability and customer satisfaction, is based on feedback from more than 59,000 UK car owners based on their experience in the last 12 months and is the largest such survey in the UK. As well as breakdowns, it considers repair costs, the time a car is off the road for repair and the most common fault types for each model.
Dacia has won numerous awards in the UK since launching just over three years ago including What Car?’s ‘Best Small Car under £12,000’ for four consecutive years for the Sandero. One of the UK’s largest automotive owner satisfaction studies, Auto Express Driver Power, has placed Dacia in its top five best manufacturers for three consecutive years – out of 32 brands featured in the 2016 survey, with customers in particular praising the brand’s reliability.
The Dacia range comprises is of the Sandero is a five-door hatchback, available in three trim levels with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel engine. Pricing starts from £5,995, making it the most affordable new car on sale in the UK today. The versatile Dacia Logan MCV is available in three trim levels and comes with a choice of three engines, including a diesel option that returns up to 80.7mpg (NEDC combined cycle). The Logan MCV is priced from £6,995 OTR. The multiple award-winning Duster has been a part of the Dacia range since the brand’s launch in the UK in 2013 and is the most affordable SUV on the UK market today – priced from £9,495. Duster is available in a choice of three trim levels, with 1.6-litre petrol or 1.5-litre dCi diesel engines and in 4x2 or 4x4 set-ups.
Over four million Dacias have been sold since Groupe Renault reintroduced the brand in Europe in 2004. Dacia was launched in the UK in 2013 and over 78,000 of its ‘shockingly affordable’ vehicles have found UK homes to date.