Pass masters – the cars most likely to make it through the MOT first time

Pass masters – the cars most likely to make it through the MOT first time
Pass masters – the cars most likely to make it through the MOT first time

New data from the Government has revealed the cars most and least likely to pass the MOT test as well as where, and when, most first-time passes are issued.

The Department for Transport figures show that in total 23 million vehicles were put through the annual test in 2017. Of those 74.6 per cent passed first time but there were big differences between makes, models and ages.

As well as giving overall results, the data breaks down pass rates by make, model, test centre location and even day of the week.

Eastern promise

Analysis of the data by insurance provider By Miles shows that for peace of mind drivers should look east, with four of the five best-performing brands coming from Japan.

Highest pass rates by brand

  1. Honda 93.8%
  2. Porsche 93.2%
  3. Subaru 92.8%
  4. Lexus 92.6%
  5. Toyota 91.5%

Honda, Subaru, Lexus and Toyota are joined by Porsche at the top of the MOT table, with pass rates of more than 90 per cent compared.

Honda and Toyota also do well when pass rates are broken down by model, with the Honda Jazz and Toyota IQ in the top five along with two Porsches and a Mazda.

Almost 96% of Porsche 911s age 3-5 years pass first time.

Highest pass rates by model

  1. Porsche 911 95.9%
  2. Honda Jazz 95.3%
  3. Toyota IQ 94.5%
  4. Mazda MX5 94.4%
  5. Porsche Boxster 94.4%

At the other end of the spectrum European and American brands fail to deliver, with Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Renault, Chevrolet and Chrysler taking the bottom five slots thanks to pass rates between 80 and 85 per cent.

Model-by-model the DS 3 performs worst, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa and previous generation Peugeot 5008.

All the rates are for cars between three and five years old. Data shows that after five years of age pass rates decline year on year, falling to an average of 58.8 per cent for 17-year-old cars.

Safe in the south-east

Lowest pass rates by brand

  1. Alfa Romeo 84.9%
  2. Citroen 84.4%
  3. Renault 82.5%
  4. Chevrolet 82.2%
  5. Chrysler 80.1%

The data analysis also showed that London and England’s south east have the best pass rates, possibly linked to the fact that cars in those areas do fewer miles on average than elsewhere in the country.

More than four in five cars pass their MOT first time in the South East’s top five postcode areas of Enfield (EN), Romford (RM), South East London (SE), Ilford (IG), and East London (E). These regions outperform the rest of the UK, averaging an 84 per cent pass rate.

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The DS 3 came bottom of the table for cars between 3 and 5 years old

The analysis also showed that cars tested on a Sunday are most likely to pass, with 79 per cent given the seal of approval first time, compared with 72 per cent on a Monday.

Lowest pass rates by model

  1. DS 3 81.1%
  2. Vauxhall Corsa 79.4%
  3. Peugeot 5008 78.8%
  4. Fiat Punto 78.5%
  5. Renault Megane 77.5%

And, slightly randomly, it also found that turquoise cars were most likely to pass, with a pass rate of 92 per cent.

So for the absolute highest chance of passing the MOT get yourself a turquoise Porsche 911 and be sure to have it tested in Enfield on a Sunday.

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