For a manufacturer not always associated with quality and reliability in the past, the award is recognition of significant improvements within the Volkswagen Group.
While the Luxury Car segment-leading Audi A8 achieved a TQI score of 942 (the highest on the list), the Audi A4 scored 917, earning honors as the best near-luxury car. The Volkswagen Golf earned top honors in the Small Multi-Function segment, racking up 874 points in the process.
Even Volkswagen’s oft-overlooked convertible, the Eos, scored 902 points, enough to win the convertible category. The automaker’s compact crossover, the Tiguan, garnered 877 points to win the Entry Utility category.
The win for Audi is its second strong finish in a Strategic Vision survey this year. Last March, Audi managed to achieve the highest number of vehicles on Strategic Vision’s Total Value Index, which factors in variables such as warranty coverage, technical innovation, standard equipment and fuel economy.
Rival BMW did well in the survey, too, capturing the Premium Coupe segment with its 1-Series (922 points), the Premium Convertible segment with its Z4 (938 points) and the Luxury Utility segment with its X6 (936 points). Counting MINI, BMW also won the Specialty Coupe segment with the MINI Cooper Coupe (926 points).
Want to see a complete list of winners by segment? Head on over to page two for the chart of results and TQI scores.
Small Car: Fiat 500 Hatchback 869
Small Multi-Function: Volkswagen Golf 874
Mid-Size Car: Chevrolet Volt 913
Mid-Size Multi-Function: Honda Accord Crosstour 879
Large Car: Dodge Charger 911
Near-Luxury Car: Audi A4 Sedan 917
Luxury Car: Audi A8 Sedan 942
Specialty Coupe: Mini Cooper Coupe 926
Premium Coupe: BMW 1-Series Coupe 922, Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 921
Convertible: Volkswagen Eos 902
Premium Convertible/Roadster: BMW Z4 Roadster 938
Minivan: Honda Odyssey 872
Entry Utility: Volkswagen Tiguan 877
Mid-Size Crossover Utility: Ford Flex 888
Mid-Size Traditional Utility: Jeep Grand Cherokee 888
Large Utility: Nissan Armada 900
Near-Luxury Utility: Land Rover Evoque 5-Door 928
Luxury Utility: BMW X6 936
Standard Pickup: Honda Ridgeline 863
Full-Size Pickup: Ford F-150 902
Heavy-Duty Pickup: Ford F-250/350 874