As dealerships reopen, What Car? reveals the used buys with the best MOT record

This is the latest report in a series of weekly updates for industry colleagues from Rachael Prasher, managing director of What Car? and Haymarket Automotive. Quoted poll data is from more than 2900 whatcar.com users.

After more than three months of closures, dealerships in England and Wales are finally open to the public. The industry will now work to meet the pent-up demand that has been building over several months.

And it’s not just new car buyers that are eager to head to the forecourts; our latest market study of 2968 in-market buyers found that 24% of those buying a used car are looking to make a purchase in the next four weeks, while 33% are looking to buy within three months.

To coincide with dealers reopening and to help used buyers narrow down their shortlist, we’ve published our latest piece of research, which ranks the top 50 used buys with the best MOT pass rates.

“As part of the research, we analysed more than 745,000 anonymous MOT records published by the Department for Transport for cars between three to eight years old. Each model had to have a minimum of sample 100 cars to be included in the study.”

The hybrid and fully electric Hyundai Ioniq (2017 – present) was found to have the highest average pass rate, with 96.18% of vehicles passing their MOT. The Ioniq was closely followed by the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 (2014 – 2020), with a 95.97% pass rate.

South Korean, Japanese and German models dominated the top 10, with the Jaguar F-Type (2013 – present) the highest-placed British model in the study. It placed 14 th overall with an average MOT pass rate of 90.83%.

The study also ranked the top and bottom performing brands. Porsche scored the highest average pass rate and was the only brand to surpass 90%. Although SsangYong was found to have the lowest MOT pass record, its result of 76.98% means that more than three quarters of its cars still passed their MOT the first time.

Our previous research of 1029 in-market buyers in March found that, following Covid, half of all buyers were now more willing to purchase service packages, extended warranties and other insurance policies such as MOT test cover up front with their next car to help spread out the costs of ownership.

To read the full What Car? Top 50 MOT feature, visit: https://bit.ly/329Dew3

RankingMake and ModelAverage MOT test pass rateAverage mileage at MOT test
1Hyundai Ioniq (2017 – present)96.18%22,710
2BMW i8 (2014 – 2020)95.97%21,738
3Porsche Boxster (2012 – 2016)94.10%22,243
4Lexus NX (2014 – present)93.82%32,413
5Porsche 911 (2012 – 2019)93.72%20,484
6Porsche Cayman (2013 – 2016)92.94%23,224
7Porsche Macan (2014 – present)92.91%32,289
8Mazda MX-5 (2016 – present)92.62%16,399
9Lexus RX (2016 – present)91.95%27,721
10Mazda CX-3 (2015 – present)91.91%25,652
11Mercedes-Benz SL (2012 – 2020)91.67%25,832
12BMW X1 (2015 – present) 90.95%29,753
13Mercedes-Benz GLA (2014 – 2020)90.93%33,093
14Jaguar F-Type (2013 – present)90.83%23,014
15Mercedes-Benz GLC (2016 – present)90.78%32,446
16Audi A8 (2010 – 2017)90.77%53,647
17Audi TT (2014 – present) 90.63%27,977
18Honda HR-V (2013 – present)90.60%25,605
19Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2015 – 2020)90.52%48,430
20BMW i3 (2013 – present)90.46%27,717
21Jaguar F-Pace (2016 – present)90.43%30,850
22Subaru XV (2012 – 2018)90.36%39,691
23BMW 7-Series (2015 – present)90.13%36,323
24Honda Jazz (2015 – present)90.07%26,755
25Hyundai i20 (2015 – 2020)89.94%26,145
26Tesla Model S (2014 – present)89.94%44,613
27Vauxhall Viva (2015 – 2019)89.93%18,718
28Jaguar XK (2006 – 2015)89.87%28,704
29BMW 2-Series (2014 – present)89.74%32,755
30Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016 – present)89.68%53,771
31Toyota Prius (2016 – present)89.67%48,996
32Toyota Aygo (2014 – present)89.56%23,132
33Audi TT (2006 – 2014)89.40%42,894
34Audi Q5 (2008 – 2017)89.16%46,026
35MINI Countryman (2010 – 2017)89.14%33,423
36Lexus RX (2009 – 2016)89.11%49,372
37Mercedes-Benz GLE (2015 – 2019)89.01%32,800
38Suzuki Celerio (2016 – 2019)88.97%21,024
39Lexus IS (2013 – present)88.96%48,905
40Skoda Superb (2015 – present)88.91%44,689
41Toyota GT86 (2012 – present)88.89%35,879
42Peugeot 108 (2014 – present)88.69%22,199
43BMW X4 (2014 – 2018)88.67%38,274
44Suzuki Grand Vitara (2005 – 2015)88.67%42,821
45Mazda MX-5 (2005 – 2015)88.61%29,429
46Audi Q3 (2011 – 2018)88.59%41,676
47Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018)88.48%41,855
48Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2012 – 2019)88.42%39,138
49Jaguar XF (2015 – present)88.41%36,990
50Nissan Pulsar (2014 – 2018)88.40%28,739

Top 10 manufacturer MOT pass rates

Rank BrandAverage MOT test pass rateAverage mileage at MOT test
1Porsche91.15%32,041
2Tesla89.94%44,613
3Lexus88.72%44,081
4Subaru88.46%39,427
5Honda88.41%35,809
6MINI87.45%33,641
7Audi87.25%46,791
8Skoda86.58%45,932
9Jeep86.52%35,224
10Mazda86.32%40,941

Bottom 10 manufacturer MOT pass rates

Rank Brand Average MOT test pass rate Average mileage at MOT test
1SsangYong76.98%37,911
2Dacia78.17%39,401
3Citroen79.72%38,207
4Renault80.20%37,194
5Alfa Romeo80.73%42,443
6Vauxhall81.20%42,565
7Fiat81.22%33,404
8Seat82.08%44,542
9Ford82.58%40,664
10Peugeot82.78%37,691

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