Midlands-built Jaguar and Rover cars were voted top for overall ride quality in an annual survey by a leading car magazine.

First place in the Auto Express poll went to the Longbridge-built Rover 75, while Jaguar's XJ, made at Browns Lane, Coventry, took second spot.

The bronze medal went to the S-Type which is assembled at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.

The survey, named Driver Power, is a yearly motoring reliability and customer satisfaction survey carried out by Auto Express and more than 50,000 people took part.

As well as ride quality, cars are judged on performance, handling, braking, practicality, reliability and running costs.

It is the first time in the history of the survey that one manufacturing region has been so successful in a single category.

Auto Express editor in chief David Johns said it was a massive achievement for the Jaguar and MG Rover.

"Everyone involved with both companies should be proud," he said. "This is a real feather in the cap."

The local cars beat off some impressive competition, with the Mercedes EClass in fourth spot.

In the overall tally of scores for each category Honda vehicles made the top three, while the Land Rover Freelander came a lowly 92nd out of a total of 100 car models.