Insurers and brokers in the UK might like to know which cars are best at passing the MoT test. Why? Well it demonstrates two things; build quality and owner attitudes towards car maintenance, because well serviced cars have a tendency to pass the MoT. Luckily, Britain’s best used cars with a track record for passing the MOT test have been revealed by What Car? website.
What Car? analysed more than 745,000 anonymised MOT records published by the Department for Transport to find out the models that had the best rate for passing the MOT test at the first attempt. Models aged from three to eight years old and with a sample size of at least 100 cars were included in the study.
The Hyundai Ioniq, which is sold as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle, has the highest average MOT pass rate of 96.18%. Another hybrid, the plug-in BMW i8 (2014-2020) takes second place with a 95.97% pass rate.
While Korean, Japanese and German models dominate the top 10, the Jaguar F-Type (2013-present) is the highest-placed British model in the study, in 14th place with an average MOT pass rate of 90.83%.
The Tesla Model S (2014-present) is the highest ranking pure electric vehicle, in 26th place, with an average pass rate of 89.94%. Although there are many premium models in the top 50, there are also several affordable small cars, including the Peugeot 108 (2014-present) and Toyota Aygo (2014-present).
What Car? has also ranked the top and bottom brands for MOT pass rates. As well as achieving the highest average pass rate, Porsche is the only brand to gain a pass rate of more than 90%. Although Ssangyong has the lowest MOT pass record, its result of 76.98% means that more than three quarters of its models passed their MOT the first time.
The results come the same week dealers in England and Wales can reopen to the public, following more than three months of closure due to Covid-19.