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Japanese cars among the best to drive

Mazda and Honda in top five for driver enjoyment

This year, for the first time, we asked owners to tell us about more than reliability and overall satisfaction – we asked you to rate your cars for a number of qualities including driving enjoyment and value for money.

This week we reveal the cars you rate the highest for driving enjoyment, as well as the ones that struggle to get your pulse racing.

Sports cars rated highest among owners

Unsurprisingly the highest scoring cars for driving enjoyment come from the sports car segment. However, it is a surprise to see three of the top five slots claimed by Japanese manufacturers, Honda and Mazda.

The Honda S2000 may no longer be on sale new, but it’s still wowing owners. The lightweight roadster scored a remarkable 99.4% for driving enjoyment, putting it in second place, just 0.4% behind the top rated car, the Porsche Boxster. 

One S2000 owner commented: ‘Accelerating hard and fast gives the audio effects of a rocket going off! It’s fantastic to drive in the countryside and on the motorway.’ 

Find out the five highest rated cars for driving enjoyment

Popular superminis fail to excite

While sports cars take the limelight, certain superminis fail abysmally to inspire their owners. The Fiat Punto (1999-2006) scored a lowly 67.6% – the worst of all cars reported on. 

Joining the Punto at the base of the list is the Hyundai Getz (2000-2009) with 67.8%. We can’t say we’re too surprised – when we put it through our lab test we recorded a 0-60mph time of 16 seconds for the 1.1-litre Getz, making it one of the slowest cars we’ve ever tested.

Find out the five lowest rated cars for driving enjoyment

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