An analysis of 24.5 million MoT records obtained by AROnline‘s sister website, HonestJohn.co.uk, reveals that British-built cars have the highest first time MoT pass rates. Land Rover and Jaguar, together with UK-made Toyota and Honda models, dominate the top 10 manufacturers league table of cars with the highest first time MoT pass rates.
Honda is the top manufacturer with 87 per cent of its cars passing their first MoT – the highest in the country. The Honda Jazz and British-built CR-V are the best performing models, both reporting an above average pass rate of 90 per cent. Land Rover, the fourth best manufacturer with an 85 per cent pass rate, reports a 89 per cent pass rate for the Freelander (above).
More than half of cars (53 per cent) failed on lighting, with headlamp aim being the most common fail point (17 per cent). Suspension was the second most common fail criteria, followed by brakes (21 per cent), driver’s view of the road (20 per cent) and Tyre tread depth (14 per cent).
French and German cars dominate the bottom 10 list. Citroen is bottom of the league table with a 75 per cent pass rate and the worst performing car in the country. Its Grand C4 Picasso has the lowest first MoT pass rate at 63 per cent and its C3 Picasso was also in the bottom ten with a 77 per cent pass rate. Chevrolet and Fiat were the second worst manufacturers at 77 per cent, followed closely by Renault at 78 per cent.
Volkswagen has three entries in the bottom ten, with its Touran and Passat reporting a 76 per cent pass rate, and the Polo, one of the best selling cars in 2010, only achieving a 78 per cent pass rate. Other models in the bottom ten list include the Ford Galaxy, SEAT Ibiza, Renault Megane and the Peugeot 308 – all reporting a 77 percent pass rate.
Keith Adams said: ‘The fact that British-built cars have scored so well in the MoT test results should come as no surprise whatsoever, even if it is great news. Thanks to a combination of some of the most advanced, productive and well-run factories in the world, the cars now being built here world-leading in terms of build quality and reliability.’
|Top 10 first time pass rates by manufacturer||Top 10 first time pass rates by model|
|1. Honda||87%||1.Honda Jazz||90%|
|2. Toyota||86%||2. Honda CR-V||90%|
|3. Audi||85%||3. Toyota Yaris||90%|
|4. Land Rover||85%||4. Land Rover Freelander||89%|
|5. Suzuki||84%||5. Mazda 3||88%|
|6. Hyundai||84%||6. Toyota Auris||87%|
|7. Mazda||84%||7. Mercedes-Benz E-Class||87%|
|8. BMW||84%||8. Hyundai i20||86%|
|9. Skoda||83%||9. Kia Rio||86%|
|10. Jaguar||82%||10. Renault Scenic||86%|
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