Hyundai, Kia sweep top 3 spots in US initial quality study

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Jun 21, 2018 - 15:55
  • Updated : Jun 21, 2018 - 15:55

Affiliates of South Korea’s No. 1 automaker Hyundai Motor Group swept the top three positions in an initial quality study conducted by the US institute J.D. Power, outstripping German and Japanese rivals, the auto group said Thursday. ,

Genesis ranked highest in overall initial quality with a score of 68, followed by Kia in second place with 72 and Hyundai in third place with 74. The industry average was 93 this year.

Initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. The 2018 study was based on responses from 75,712 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles. 

G90 (Hyundai Motor Comapny)

This is the first time that three Korean brands are at the top of the overall ranking, the US institute noted. And it is the fourth consecutive year that Kia is the highest-ranking mass market brand. Germany’s Porsche and the US’ Ford came in fourth and fifth respectively.

Hyundai Motor’s Tucson emerged top in the compact sport utility vehicle segment, while Kia Motors’ Sorento was the winner among mid-size SUVs. 

Tucson (Hyundai Motor Company)

Sorento (Kia Motors)

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