Best and worst manufacturers for passing MOT tests revealed

Jack Evans
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The UK’s best used cars for passing the MOT test have been revealed by a new study.

What Car? analysed 750,000 anonymised MOT records published by the Department for Transport in order to find out the models that had the best rate of passing the MOT test on the first occasion. Cars aged from three to eight years old and with a sample size of at least 100 vehicles were included in the survey.

Top scores went to the Hyundai Ioniq. Available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicle, it has the highest average MOT pass rate at 96.18 per cent. BMW’s striking i8 plug-in hybrid sports car came in second place with a 95.97 per cent pass rate.

Korean, Japanese and German models made up the bulk of the top 10, though the Jaguar F-Type was the highest-placing British model, arriving at 14th place with an average MOT pass rate of 90.83 per cent.

Ioniq Electric
The Ioniq came out on top in the listings

When it came to brands as a whole, it was Porsche which came out on top thanks to a pass rate of more than 90 per cent. And though Ssangyong has the lowest MOT pass record, its average rate of 76.98 per cent means that more than three-quarters of its models managed to secure their MOT certificate first time.

MOT pass rates per brand
The pass rates between brands varied considerably

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “One of the first things used buyers do is check a vehicle’s MOT record to see how well it’s been maintained and if it’s suffered lots of faults. Our extensive study reveals the models with the best MOT pass rates, ranging from large SUVs to city cars. Buyers can use it to help them choose the most dependable models.

“Although the top 50 list contains several prestige cars, that tend to have lower mileage and immaculate service records, it’s reassuring to find some budget and family cars in the mix.”