The modest motor raced to the top of the table leaving swish brands like Jaguar, Mercedes and BMW trailing.
According to research by marketing firm JD Power, Skoda was the least likely to conk out while the more expensive Land Rover was the most likely to let drivers down.
A survey of 13,000 drivers with cars no older than three years, found Skoda had 66 problems per 100 cars – less than half the faults racked up by Land Rover.
For the swanky car maker was found to have a staggering 197 problems per 100 cars – way above the average of 113.
And value for money brand Kia also made the top three for most dependable car with just 80 problems, just behind Suzuki which had 79.
Luxury motors Audi, BMW and Mercedes were in the bottom five with Land Rover in the surprise results.
The survey revealed high-end models were often less reliable because the cars were kitted out with complex technology which was more likely to go wrong.
Five of the top ten problems with new vehicles were tech related with common faults including dodgy navigation systems, poor radio reception and voice-recognition systems that failed to respond to driver commands.
Skoda was founded in 1895 as a state owned car company during the Czech communist regime and had a reputation for poorly produced, ugly-looking vehicles prone to rust and breakdowns.
But the company was taken over by Volkswagen in 2000 and since then has become much more reliable, selling 1.06 million cars worldwide last year.
AA President Edmund King said most breakdowns were down to common faults like flat batteries, punctures and fuel problems.
But he added prestige car owners were less likely to tolerate faults and more likely to report them.
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“The owner of a Rolls-Royce may well have higher expectations of their car than someone who drives a Peugeot,” he said.
But Skoda’s rise to the top of the reliability table could see the end of classic jokes like:
How do you double the value of a Skoda?
Fill the tank.
What do you call a Skoda with a sun roof?
Why do Skodas have heated rear windows?
To keep your hands warm when you’re pushing them in winter.
Heard of the new 16 valve Skoda?
Four in the engine and twelve in the radio.
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