The Top 3 Cars Most and Least likely to Pass an MOT!

We take a look at the top 3 cars most and least likely to pass their MOT's!

As any motorist should know; Ministry of Transport tests (MOTs) are an important annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and emissions required in the UK for vehicles that are over three years old (with some exemptions). It is necessary and legally required for vehicles on the road to pass these tests to ensure they are safe for drivers and others motorists. Most car owners want their cars to pass first time with no failures; however this is not always the case when issues arise. We take a look at the top 3 cars most and least likely to pass their MOTs the first time below:


The top 3 cars most likely to pass an MOT are:

Skoda Citigo – A popular small hatchback the Skoda Citigo is cheap to buy with good running costs and reliability and came in joint first place with only 6% of them failing to pass their MOT.


Peugeot 108 – Coming in joint first place with only 6% of them failing to pass their MOT is the Peugeot 108; another small hatchback which comes is slightly more expensive than the Skoda.


Volkswagen Up – In third place is the Volkswagen Up which is unusual since it shares its platform and many other components with the Skoda Citigo placing in first. Another small, cheap and very popular hatchback it comes in with a slightly higher failure rate at 6.7%.

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The top 3 cars least likely to pass an MOT are:

Daewoo Matiz – The Daewoo Matiz built between 1998 and 2005 is the most likely car to fail an MOT. The small compact hatchback has a failure rate of 38.8% meaning that four out of every 10 visits to the test centre aren’t successful!


Suzuki Alto – Coming in second worst is a car you don’t see many of on the road; the Suzuki Alto which was built between 1997 and 2004 has another high failure rate of 36.4%.


Ford Ka – Rounding off the list with the third highest MOT failure rate is the Ford Ka built between 1996 and 2008. This hatchback was very popular with a range of different motorists but unfortunately has another high MOT failure rate of 34.6%.


It’s interesting to see from the results that all the six cars; both the best three and the worst three are all small, compact and cheap hatchbacks. Those with the lowest failure rates are all relatively new models while those with the highest failure rates are all a lot older which may show how manufacturing of cars has vastly improved. In addition, aging cheap hatchbacks may be a concern safety-wise; especially if they have been neglected with poor maintenance. 

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