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The MoT Files - Top 50 Models

The 10 cars that have the highest MoT pass rate provide a good example of why statistics need to be treated with care and are often open to interpretation.

Nine out of the overall top 10 are all cars that would have cost the equivalent of a small house when they were new. Even now they are hardly what you would call affordable. As a result, the sample sizes are very low and in a few cases barely scrape across the 50 test minimum that we have set to make this data as relevent as possible.

These cars are also owned by people who are more likely to be able to afford the substantional maintenance that exotic cars require. The Ferrari 360, for example, should be serviced every 6000 miles. These also tend to be second, third or fourth cars and as a result cover much lower mileages than mainstream models and are garaged when not being used.

The overall trend is - unsurprisingly - that newer cars have a better chance of passing the MoT.

The first 'everyday' models to feature in the overall table are the Daihatsu Terios and Daihatsu Materia. But even here, the number of MoT tests are 300 and 989, so they don't feature in our main table.

The Aston Martin Vantage, Bentley Continental GT and Porsche Boxster take the top spots (especially impressive is the 2004 Continental GT, where nine-out-of-ten cars still pass).

But they're still not what you would call mainstream. First of those is the little Suzuki Splash. It's no surprise as it's also top model for passing the first MoT, too. There are other similarities, with the table dominated by Japanese and German (or German-owned) models. 44 of the overall 50 are either Japanese, German or German-owned.

Best MoT Pass Rate: Top 50 (More than 1000 tests) 

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Aston Martin Vantage 2007 1019 91%
Bentley Continental GT 2005 1062 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2004 1450 90%
Porsche Boxster 2007 1813 90%
Suzuki Splash 2008 2120 90%
Porsche Cayman 2007 1683 90%
Audi TT 2008 7133 89%
Porsche Boxster 2008 1118 89%
Suzuki Jimny 2008 1308 89%
Aston Martin Vantage 2006 1394 89%
Daihatsu Terios 2007 1655 89%
Aston Martin DB9 2005 1191 88%
Lexus IS 2008 4299 88%
Audi TT 2007 9591 88%
Honda CR-V 2008 12618 88%
Porsche Boxster 2006 2166 88%
Mercedes-Benz SLK 2007 4059 88%
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2008 3187 88%
BMW 3-Series M3 2008 1632 88%
Mitsubishi Outlander 2008 2562 88%
Mercedes-Benz SLK 2008 3060 87%
Daihatsu Terios 2006 1285 87%
SEAT Altea 2008 1521 87%
Porsche 911 2007 2660 87%
Subaru Impreza 2008 1498 87%
Suzuki SX4 2008 3287 87%
Toyota RAV4 2008 6577 87%
Land Rover Freelander 2008 11737 87%
Porsche Cayman 2006 1737 87%
Lexus GS 2007 1236 87%
Volkswagen Golf Plus 2008 3337 87%
Lexus IS 2007 7997 87%
Volkswagen Golf Plus 2007 6029 87%
Toyota Yaris 2008 25248 87%
Audi A5 2007 1957 87%
SEAT Altea XL 2008 1784 86%
Renault Modus 2008 1380 86%
Honda Jazz 2007 27748 86%
Toyota RAV4 2007 10119 86%
BMW 7-Series 2008 1048 86%
Peugeot 206 2008 2864 86%
Mercedes-Benz SLK 2006 4334 86%
Mazda 3 2008 9823 86%
Porsche 911 2008 1675 86%
Audi RS4 2006 1409 86%
Porsche 911 2006 2972 86%
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2008 7191 86%
Suzuki SX4 2007 4356 86%
Mazda 3 2007 12164 86%
Mazda MX-5 2008 5233 86%


Best MoT Pass Rate: Overall Top 50 

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph 1999 52 96%
Ferrari 360 2004 139 95%
Rolls-Royce Phantom 2005 57 93%
Rolls-Royce Phantom 2008 82 93%
Rolls-Royce Phantom 2007 78 92%
Lamborghini Gallardo 2008 65 92%
Aston Martin DB9 2007 755 92%
Aston Martin Vanquish 2004 96 92%
Chevrolet Corvette 2001 72 92%
Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph 1998 105 91%
Ferrari 360 2003 207 91%
Bentley Continental GTC 2008 446 91%
Aston Martin Vanquish 2007 80 91%
Aston Martin DBS 2008 91 91%
Aston Martin Vantage 2008 601 91%
MG RV8 1996 56 91%
Lexus LS 2008 302 91%
Bentley Continental Flying Spur 2007 232 91%
Aston Martin Vantage 2005 120 91%
Daihatsu Materia 2008 300 91%
Bentley Continental GTC 2006 245 91%
Aston Martin Vantage 2007 1019 91%
Lamborghini Gallardo 2007 106 91%
Aston Martin Vanquish 2005 93 90%
Lamborghini Gallardo 2006 82 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2005 1062 90%
Toyota Camry 2004 61 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2004 1450 90%
Porsche Boxster 2007 1813 90%
Bentley Arnage 2008 50 90%
Ferrari 360 1999 50 90%
Porsche Cayman 2008 946 90%
Bentley Arnage 2005 149 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2008 367 90%
Daihatsu Terios 2008 989 90%
Maserati Quattroporte 2008 127 90%
Bentley Continental GTC 2007 927 90%
Suzuki Splash 2008 2120 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2007 426 90%
Porsche Cayman 2007 1683 90%
Audi TT 2008 7133 89%
Bentley Continental GT 2006 643 89%
Aston Martin DB9 2008 430 89%
Lexus LS 2007 504 89%
Porsche Boxster 2008 1118 89%
Suzuki Jimny 2008 1308 89%
Audi 80 2008 162 89%
Aston Martin Vantage 2006 1394 89%
SEAT Altea Freetrack 2008 212 89%
Aston Martin DB9 2006 714 89%
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