Launched in 2007, the annual Which? awards aim to celebrate the best businesses in the UK and are allocated to companies that consistently get it right for consumers.

In the automotive sector of the awards, Mazda held off stiff competition from Audi, BMW, Honda and Skoda to reclaim the crown that it first won in 2008.

Which? Magazine commented: “Mazda is a worthy winner with more than two thirds of its cars rated as best buys and scored well with owners for reliability and satisfaction.

“The Mazda3 offers a winning combination of fuel economy, style and driving enjoyment. The Mazda6, launched in 2013, continues to impress us with a premium car feel at a non-premium price."

Jeremy Thomson, Mazda UK managing director, added: “To be recognised by such a respected independent organisation as Which?, is testament to the success of our convention-defying approach to creating and marketing cars.

“Our innovative fuel-saving SKYACTIV technology offers Mazda buyers the best of both worlds: big-engine performance and small-engine economy.

“As emission-based car tax systems in the UK are destined to become ever more strict, our fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles will continue to save consumers money, while ensuring a thrilling driving experience."

Mazda has a great history at the Which? awards, with the company’s MX-5 model claiming the title of ‘Britain’s most reliable new sportscar’ last year.