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Hyundai Ioniq found to achieve highest first time MOT pass rate

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai Ioniq models have been found to pass their MOT test for the first time more frequently than any other car.

In a study compiled by What Car?, the electrified model came out on top with a 96.18% average first time pass rate.

The Ioniq sits above the BMW i8, which is also powered by an electrified powertrain, achieving a 95.97% pass rate.

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.  

Korean, Japanese and German models dominate the top 10, while the Jaguar F-Type (2013-present) is the highest-placed British model in the study sitting 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. 

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.” 

The full list can be viewed at: www.whatcar.com/news/top-50-used-car-buys-based-on-mot-pass-rate/n22897 

What Car? Top 10 list for MOT first time pass rate:

Ranking

Make and Model

Average MOT test pass rate

Average mileage at MOT test

1

Hyundai Ioniq (2017-present)

96.18%

22,710

2

BMW i8 (2014 - 2020)

95.97%

21,738

3

Porsche Boxster (2012 - 2016)

94.10%

22,243

4

Lexus NX (2014 - present)

93.82%

32,413

5

Porsche 911 (2012 - 2019)

93.72%

20,484

6

Porsche Cayman (2013 - 2016)

92.94%

23,224

7

Porsche Macan (2014 - present)

92.91%

32,289

8

Mazda MX-5 (2016 - present)

92.62%

16,399

9

Lexus RX (2016 - present)

91.95%

27,721

10

Mazda CX-3 (2015 - present)

91.91%

25,652

 

Top 10 manufacturer MOT pass rates 

Rank 

Brand

Average MOT test pass rate

Average mileage at MOT test

1

Porsche

91.15%

32,041

2

Tesla

89.94%

44,613

3

Lexus

88.72%

44,081

4

Subaru

88.46%

39,427

5

Honda

88.41%

35,809

6

MINI

87.45%

33,641

7

Audi

87.25%

46,791

8

Skoda

86.58%

45,932

9

Jeep

86.52%

35,224

10

Mazda

86.32%

40,941

 

Bottom 10 manufacturer MOT pass rates

Rank 

Brand 

Average MOT test pass rate 

Average mileage at MOT test

1

Ssangyong

76.98%

37,911

2

Dacia

78.17%

39,401

3

Citroen

79.72%

38,207

4

Renault

80.20%

37,194

5

Alfa Romeo

80.73%

42,443

6

Vauxhall

81.20%

42,565

7

Fiat

81.22%

33,404


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