The Hyundai i30 has been named the most satisfying car to own in the UK according to 23,000 British drivers.

Auto Express magazine asked customers to fill in the survey to find the best car in the Driver Power Top 100, and the Hyundai finished ahead of last year’s winner, the Jaguar XF.

Hyundai is the first ever Korean car maker to win the award, and the brand finished 6th in the manufacturers table – 12 places higher than last year.

Auto Express editor-in-chief David Johns said: “Congratulations to Hyundai. This is a huge breakthrough for the brand. Over the years, owners have told us how reliable their cars are and what good value they are too. But this is the final proof that they can now match that with real all-round satisfaction."

The Hyundai i30 hatchback and estate versions have sold particularly well over the last year and the manufacturer has established itself as one of the best value car makers in Britain.

Hyundai UK’s managing director Tony Whitehorn said: “Thousands of new buyers have defected to Hyundai recently and they are genuinely surprised at the quality of the cars.

"Owners are recommending Hyundai to their friends and neighbours and it is through this word-of-mouth recommendation that the brand is becoming so popular so quickly."