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The MoT Files: The First MoT

Of all the tables and charts that we've published as part of the MoT Files, this is one of the most important.

It shows how a car performs in its first MoT, the first time in its life that it comes under outside scrutiny. It's also the time when many warranties run out (there are exceptions such as Hyundai, Toyota or Kia), so it's likely that you'll be on your own when it comes to picking up the tab for repairs.

We've got two tables below. The first is for models with more than 1000 tests and the other is for all models that have 50 tests or more. The reason that we've split it in this way is that super-luxury brands dominate the top positions in the all-model lists. They perform better as they typically cover lower mileages and have owners with deep enough pockets to care for them. Plus, being specialist machines, they tend to see a dealer fairly regularly. In fact, it's more surprising that any fail at all.

As we don't want to be in the ridiculous position of suggesting that you buy a Bentley, Rolls Royce or Ferrari if you want to pass your MoT, our first table focuses on mainstream models that have more than 1000 tests per year. 

Overall, the average pass rate for cars passing their first MoT in 2008 is 80 per cent. That means a fifth (20 per cent) of all cars going through their first MoT fail.

Top of the pile is an eclectic mix of cars, largely dominated by Japanese and German brands.

And of those, it's the relative minnow Suzuki that not only comes out on top, but has three models in the top 10. Top of the table is the Suzuki Splash. We've been recommending it since it was launched in 2008, and this accolade simply strengthens the case. 

Nine out of every 10 Splashes registered in 2008 come out of the MoT with a pass. Those that are failing are doing so mainly on items that could be easily fixed by an owner. 3.9 per cent of cars tested fail on lighting and signalling (still 58 per cent better than other 2008 cars), while a further 3.6 per cent fail on 'driver's view of the road', which includes problems with windscreens and wipers.

Suzuki also builds a version of this car for Vauxhall, called the Agila. It was launched slightly later than the Splash and, as a result, isn't included in this batch of data. It will provide an interesting comparison when the figures become available, as Vauxhalls appear much lower down in the table.

Elsewhere in the chart, sports cars do very well, with the Audi TT (89 per cent pass rate) and Porsche Boxster (89 per cent pass rate) taking second and third, and the BMW M3 (88 per cent pass rate) coming in at eighth. Off-roaders come out well, too, with the Honda CR-V, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mitsubishi Outlander, Land Rover Freelander and Toyota RAV-4 appearing in the Top 20. The CR-V and Freelander are British built, too.

In the Top 20, there are 14 manufacturers represented. Of those all are either Japanese or German, with the exception of Land Rover and Renault (although a Spanish company, SEAT is German-owned). 

There's a definite trend at the bottom of the tables, too, with former Chrysler Group models (Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge) taking bottom spots in both and occupying most of the bottom five. The Chrysler Grand Voyager - favoured by Alan Sugar in The Apprentice - is bottom of the all results table, while it's the 300C (followed by the Jeep Patriot and Dodge Nitro) when the table is filtered for models with more than 1000 tests.

There's clear distance between the pass rate of these models and those immediately above and it's some way from the average of 80 per cent, although in fairness the Grand Voyager and 300C do cover greater mileages than average, as they tend to be favoured by private hire firms.

It may simply be a coincidence, but 2008 was one of the most difficult in the American firm's history. It was plagued with financial trouble and, by the end of the year, had to be bailed out by the US Government. Dodge is no longer sold in the UK, while the Jeep Patriot and Chrysler Sebring have also been discontinued. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat so it will be interesting to see if this has a positive effect in the future.

First MoT: Mainstream models with more than 1000 tests 

Make Model Year of Registration Number of MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Suzuki Splash 2008 2120 90%
Audi TT 2008 7133 89%
Porsche Boxster 2008 1118 89%
Suzuki Jimny 2008 1308 89%
Lexus IS 2008 4299 88%
Honda CR-V 2008 12618 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%
SEAT Altea 2008 1521 87%
Subaru Impreza 2008 1498 87%
Suzuki SX4 2008 3287 87%
Toyota RAV4 2008 6577 87%
Land Rover Freelander 2008 11737 87%
Volkswagen Golf Plus 2008 3337 87%
Toyota Yaris 2008 25248 87%
SEAT Altea XL 2008 1784 86%
Renault Modus 2008 1380 86%
BMW 7-Series 2008 1048 86%
Peugeot 206 2008 2864 86%
Mazda 3 2008 9823 86%
Porsche 911 2008 1675 86%
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2008 7191 86%
Mazda MX-5 2008 5233 86%
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2008 4104 86%
Volkswagen Tiguan 2008 4840 86%
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2008 1068 85%
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2008 6966 85%
Audi A5 2008 4838 85%
Honda Jazz 2008 21293 85%
Suzuki Swift 2008 10646 85%
Volkswagen Touareg 2008 2020 85%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2008 1593 85%
SEAT Leon 2008 8457 85%
Mazda 2 2008 10603 85%
Toyota Auris 2008 16173 84%
Ford Fusion 2008 8505 84%
BMW 6-Series 2008 1456 84%
Honda Civic 2008 29557 84%
Renault Twingo 2008 4378 84%
Hyundai i10 2008 5010 84%
Kia Sportage 2008 2747 84%
Ford Kuga 2008 2154 84%
Volkswagen Fox 2008 5604 84%
SAAB 9-3 2008 11153 84%
Nissan Micra 2008 15548 84%
Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 2094 84%
Volvo XC70 2008 1062 84%
Citroen Xsara Picasso 2008 7350 84%
BMW 1-Series 2008 24075 84%
Vauxhall Astra TwinTop 2008 3174 83%
Daihatsu Sirion 2008 2555 83%
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 20107 83%
Toyota Aygo 2008 12361 83%
Jaguar X-Type 2008 7023 83%
Kia Cee'd 2008 8262 83%
Honda Accord 2008 5166 83%
SAAB 9-5 2008 1648 83%
Toyota Prius 2008 7675 83%
Skoda Fabia 2008 14535 83%
Citroen C1 2008 12112 83%
Hyundai i30 2008 3774 83%
Nissan X-Trail 2008 3471 83%
smart fortwo 2008 5185 83%
Honda FR-V 2008 2098 83%
Volvo C30 2008 3628 82%
Volkswagen Polo 2008 29204 82%
Audi A4 2008 23822 82%
Audi A3 2008 24526 82%
Audi Q7 2008 2859 82%
Hyundai Tucson 2008 1210 82%
Volvo S80 2008 1100 82%
Volkswagen Jetta 2008 3422 82%
Hyundai Getz 2008 5671 82%
Renault Laguna 2008 5242 82%
Audi A6 2008 9872 81%
Mercedes-Benz CLK 2008 2799 81%
Volvo V70 2008 3735 81%
Vauxhall Astra 2008 80431 81%
Skoda Roomster 2008 2596 81%
Kia Picanto 2008 4037 81%
Volkswagen Touran 2008 7198 81%
FIAT 500 2008 11668 81%
Land Rover Range Rover 2008 8187 81%
BMW Z4 2008 1918 81%
Vauxhall Meriva 2008 11942 80%
Peugeot 107 2008 13696 80%
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2008 2085 80%
Volkswagen Passat 2008 22243 80%
BMW 3-Series 2008 37875 80%
Chevrolet Kalos 2008 2733 80%
Ford Fiesta 2008 74660 80%
Mitsubishi Shogun 2008 1383 80%
FIAT Punto 2008 14912 80%
Ford Focus 2008 85678 80%
Volkswagen Eos 2008 3690 80%
Volkswagen Golf 2008 53035 80%
Kia Rio 2008 3638 80%
Ford Ka 2008 22165 80%
Alfa Romeo 147 2008 1134 79%
Hyundai Amica 2008 1631 79%
Land Rover Defender 90 2008 1966 79%
FIAT Grande Punto 2008 2745 79%
Toyota Avensis 2008 11457 79%
BMW X5 2008 4031 79%
Vauxhall Corsa 2008 82922 79%
Skoda Octavia 2008 12215 79%
Nissan Qashqai 2008 16652 79%
Kia Sorento 2008 1816 79%
Nissan Note 2008 19014 78%
Peugeot 207 2008 46347 78%
Ford Galaxy 2008 7741 78%
Chevrolet Aveo 2008 1354 78%
Toyota Corolla Verso 2008 5150 78%
MINI Cooper Clubman 2008 5172 78%
Land Rover Discovery 2008 6349 78%
Volvo C70 2008 1374 78%
Chevrolet Matiz 2008 4854 78%
Citroen C4 2008 7958 77%
Volkswagen Beetle 2008 2547 77%
Vauxhall Vectra 2008 33033 77%
Ford C-MAX 2008 19946 77%
SEAT Ibiza 2008 9444 77%
BMW 5-Series 2008 13537 77%
Vauxhall Tigra 2008 2319 77%
FIAT Panda 2008 6341 77%
Mazda 6 2008 9395 77%
Ford Mondeo 2008 34899 77%
Renault Clio 2008 28848 77%
Volvo S40 2008 5245 76%
Citroen C5 2008 3422 76%
Ford S-MAX 2008 7624 76%
Vauxhall Zafira 2008 38549 76%
Ford Ranger 2008 3763 76%
Citroen C3 2008 8650 76%
Volvo XC90 2008 1783 76%
MINI Cooper 2008 19707 76%
FIAT Bravo 2008 5188 76%
Volkswagen Sharan 2008 2288 75%
Peugeot 308 2008 22381 75%
Toyota Hi-Lux 2008 3944 75%
Vauxhall Antara 2008 1181 75%
Renault Scenic 2008 8247 75%
MINI One 2008 8512 75%
Hyundai Coupe 2008 1778 75%
Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 1490 75%
Citroen C2 2008 4347 75%
BMW X3 2008 2260 74%
Alfa Romeo 159 2008 1589 74%
Peugeot 407 2008 3988 74%
Peugeot Partner Combi 2008 1312 74%
Kia Carens 2008 3119 74%
Volvo V50 2008 7900 74%
Jaguar XF 2008 6829 74%
Chevrolet Tacuma 2008 1140 73%
Chevrolet Lacetti 2008 2404 73%
Mazda RX-8 2008 1134 73%
Isuzu Rodeo 2008 1070 73%
Land Rover Defender 110 2008 1632 73%
Chevrolet Captiva 2008 1939 73%
Kia Sedona 2008 2130 72%
Peugeot 307 2008 5416 72%
Chrysler Sebring 2008 1175 71%
Renault Kangoo 2008 4503 71%
Citroen C4 Picasso 2008 18635 71%
Renault Megane 2008 17337 71%
Mazda 5 2008 4487 71%
Dodge Nitro 2008 1008 71%
Dodge Caliber 2008 1468 67%
Jeep Patriot 2008 1661 64%
Chrysler 300C 2008 1401 62%

 

First MoT: All Makes and Models

Make Model Year of registration Number of MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Rolls-Royce Phantom 2008 82 93%
Lamborghini Gallardo 2008 65 92%
Bentley Continental GTC 2008 446 91%
Aston Martin DBS 2008 91 91%
Aston Martin Vantage 2008 601 91%
Lexus LS 2008 302 91%
Daihatsu Materia 2008 300 91%
Bentley Arnage 2008 50 90%
Porsche Cayman 2008 946 90%
Bentley Continental GT 2008 367 90%
Daihatsu Terios 2008 989 90%
Maserati Quattroporte 2008 127 90%
Suzuki Splash 2008 2120 90%
Audi TT 2008 7133 89%
Aston Martin DB9 2008 430 89%
Porsche Boxster 2008 1118 89%
Suzuki Jimny 2008 1308 89%
Audi 80 2008 162 89%
SEAT Altea Freetrack 2008 212 89%
Nissan 350Z 2008 414 89%
Honda S2000 2008 343 89%
Bentley Continental Flying Spur 2008 104 88%
Ferrari 430 2008 286 88%
Lexus IS 2008 4299 88%
Nissan Murano 2008 163 88%
Honda CR-V 2008 12618 88%
Audi S5 2008 847 88%
Audi S4 2008 65 88%
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2008 3187 88%
Citroen C-Crosser 2008 839 88%
BMW 3-Series M3 2008 1632 88%
Mitsubishi Outlander 2008 2562 88%
FIAT Sedici 2008 554 88%
Honda Legend 2008 128 88%
Mercedes-Benz SLK 2008 3060 87%
SEAT Altea 2008 1521 87%
Audi R8 2008 597 87%
Subaru Impreza 2008 1498 87%
Suzuki SX4 2008 3287 87%
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2008 373 87%
Toyota RAV4 2008 6577 87%
Land Rover Freelander 2008 11737 87%
Volkswagen Golf Plus 2008 3337 87%
Lexus GS 2008 706 87%
Subaru Forester 2008 665 87%
Subaru Tribeca 2008 120 87%
Volvo XC60 2008 60 87%
Toyota Yaris 2008 25248 87%
SEAT Altea XL 2008 1784 86%
Perodua Myvi 2008 273 86%
Hyundai Accent 2008 213 86%
Renault Modus 2008 1380 86%
Land Rover Defender SVX 2008 51 86%
BMW 7-Series 2008 1048 86%
Peugeot 206 2008 2864 86%
Audi S3 2008 951 86%
Peugeot 4007 2008 681 86%
Mazda 3 2008 9823 86%
Porsche 911 2008 1675 86%
Mitsubishi Colt CZC 2008 78 86%
Lexus RX 2008 428 86%
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2008 7191 86%
Mazda MX-5 2008 5233 86%
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2008 4104 86%
Volkswagen Tiguan 2008 4840 86%
Nissan Micra C+C 2008 290 86%
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2008 1068 85%
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2008 6966 85%
Audi A5 2008 4838 85%
Honda Jazz 2008 21293 85%
Volkswagen Phaeton 2008 160 85%
BMW X6 2008 633 85%
Subaru Legacy 2008 744 85%
Suzuki Swift 2008 10646 85%
Audi A8 2008 835 85%
Volkswagen Touareg 2008 2020 85%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2008 1593 85%
Ferrari 599 2008 91 85%
SEAT Leon 2008 8457 85%
Mazda 2 2008 10603 85%
Toyota Auris 2008 16173 84%
Ford Fusion 2008 8505 84%
Lotus Elise 2008 212 84%
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2008 64 84%
BMW 6-Series 2008 1456 84%
Morgan Plus Four 2008 51 84%
Honda Civic 2008 29557 84%
Mercedes-Benz CL 2008 241 84%
Renault Twingo 2008 4378 84%
Porsche Cayenne 2008 706 84%
Hyundai i10 2008 5010 84%
Kia Sportage 2008 2747 84%
Ford Kuga 2008 2154 84%
Volkswagen Fox 2008 5604 84%
Citroen C3 Pluriel 2008 280 84%
SAAB 9-3 2008 11153 84%
BMW 5-Series M5 2008 155 84%
Audi RS4 2008 68 84%
Audi A6 Allroad 2008 599 84%
Nissan Micra 2008 15548 84%
Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 2094 84%
Volvo XC70 2008 1062 84%
Citroen Xsara Picasso 2008 7350 84%
BMW 1-Series 2008 24075 84%
Vauxhall Astra TwinTop 2008 3174 83%
Daihatsu Sirion 2008 2555 83%
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 20107 83%
Proton Impian 2008 72 83%
Toyota Aygo 2008 12361 83%
Jaguar X-Type 2008 7023 83%
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2008 454 83%
Alfa Romeo Spider 2008 553 83%
Kia Cee'd 2008 8262 83%
Honda Accord 2008 5166 83%
SAAB 9-5 2008 1648 83%
Toyota Prius 2008 7675 83%
Skoda Fabia 2008 14535 83%
Citroen C1 2008 12112 83%
Citroen C6 2008 81 83%
Hyundai i30 2008 3774 83%
Nissan X-Trail 2008 3471 83%
smart fortwo 2008 5185 83%
Honda FR-V 2008 2098 83%
Audi 100 2008 291 82%
Vauxhall Insignia 2008 57 82%
Volvo C30 2008 3628 82%
Audi RS6 2008 227 82%
Renault 5 2008 85 82%
Hyundai Matrix 2008 996 82%
Volkswagen Polo 2008 29204 82%
Daihatsu Copen 2008 315 82%
Audi A4 2008 23822 82%
Jaguar XKR 2008 746 82%
Audi A3 2008 24526 82%
Ford SportKa 2008 424 82%
Toyota Land Cruiser 2008 939 82%
Renault Koleos 2008 461 82%
Audi Q7 2008 2859 82%
Hyundai Tucson 2008 1210 82%
Jaguar XK 2008 593 82%
Volkswagen Scirocco 2008 453 82%
Mercedes-Benz R-Class 2008 435 82%
Volvo S80 2008 1100 82%
Volkswagen Jetta 2008 3422 82%
Hyundai Sonata 2008 137 82%
Subaru Outback 2008 586 82%
Hyundai Getz 2008 5671 82%
Renault Laguna 2008 5242 82%
Toyota Corolla 2008 92 82%
Mitsubishi Colt 2008 703 82%
Audi A6 2008 9872 81%
Mercedes-Benz CLK 2008 2799 81%
Volvo V70 2008 3735 81%
Jaguar XJ 2008 866 81%
Vauxhall Signum 2008 107 81%
Vauxhall Astra 2008 80431 81%
Skoda Roomster 2008 2596 81%
Subaru Justy 2008 339 81%
Ford Mustang 2008 90 81%
Kia Picanto 2008 4037 81%
Volkswagen Touran 2008 7198 81%
FIAT 500 2008 11668 81%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2008 457 81%
Jaguar XJR 2008 68 81%
Volvo S60 2008 560 81%
SsangYong Kyron 2008 98 81%
Land Rover Range Rover 2008 8187 81%
BMW Z4 2008 1918 81%
Vauxhall Meriva 2008 11942 80%
Peugeot 107 2008 13696 80%
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2008 2085 80%
MINI John Cooper Works 2008 371 80%
Volkswagen Passat 2008 22243 80%
BMW 3-Series 2008 37875 80%
Chevrolet Kalos 2008 2733 80%
Vauxhall VXR8 2008 126 80%
Ford Fiesta 2008 74660 80%
Mitsubishi Shogun 2008 1383 80%
FIAT Punto 2008 14912 80%
Dodge Journey 2008 75 80%
Peugeot 1007 2008 200 80%
Ford Focus 2008 85678 80%
Volkswagen Eos 2008 3690 80%
Volkswagen Golf 2008 53035 80%
Kia Rio 2008 3638 80%
Ford Ka 2008 22165 80%
Alfa Romeo 147 2008 1134 79%
Hyundai Amica 2008 1631 79%
Land Rover Defender 90 2008 1966 79%
FIAT Grande Punto 2008 2745 79%
Toyota Avensis 2008 11457 79%
BMW X5 2008 4031 79%
Vauxhall Corsa 2008 82922 79%
Skoda Octavia 2008 12215 79%
Nissan Qashqai 2008 16652 79%
Kia Sorento 2008 1816 79%
Peugeot Partner Tepee 2008 369 79%
Nissan Note 2008 19014 78%
Alfa Romeo Brera 2008 595 78%
Peugeot 207 2008 46347 78%
Ford Galaxy 2008 7741 78%
Chevrolet Aveo 2008 1354 78%
Toyota Corolla Verso 2008 5150 78%
MINI Cooper Clubman 2008 5172 78%
Land Rover Discovery 2008 6349 78%
Volvo C70 2008 1374 78%
Chevrolet Matiz 2008 4854 78%
Jeep Cherokee 2008 135 78%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2008 399 78%
Lotus Exige 2008 94 78%
Mazda CX-7 2008 410 78%
Volkswagen Polo Dune 2008 138 78%
Citroen C4 2008 7958 77%
Volkswagen Beetle 2008 2547 77%
Vauxhall Vectra 2008 33033 77%
Ford C-MAX 2008 19946 77%
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2008 376 77%
SEAT Ibiza 2008 9444 77%
BMW 5-Series 2008 13537 77%
Mitsubishi Grandis 2008 178 77%
Vauxhall Tigra 2008 2319 77%
Ford Focus ST 2008 78 77%
FIAT Panda 2008 6341 77%
Abarth Grande Punto 2008 69 77%
Mazda 6 2008 9395 77%
Dodge Avenger 2008 503 77%
SEAT Alhambra 2008 994 77%
Nissan Pathfinder 2008 904 77%
Ford Mondeo 2008 34899 77%
Renault Clio 2008 28848 77%
Volvo S40 2008 5245 76%
Proton Persona 2008 144 76%
Citroen C5 2008 3422 76%
Ford S-MAX 2008 7624 76%
Vauxhall Zafira 2008 38549 76%
Ford Ranger 2008 3763 76%
Citroen C3 2008 8650 76%
Peugeot 607 2008 113 76%
Volvo XC90 2008 1783 76%
Skoda Superb 2008 847 76%
MINI Cooper 2008 19707 76%
FIAT Bravo 2008 5188 76%
Volkswagen Sharan 2008 2288 75%
Audi S8 2008 81 75%
Peugeot 308 2008 22381 75%
Toyota Hi-Lux 2008 3944 75%
Vauxhall Antara 2008 1181 75%
Renault Scenic 2008 8247 75%
MINI One 2008 8512 75%
Perodua Kenari 2008 52 75%
Hyundai Coupe 2008 1778 75%
Hyundai Santa Fe 2008 1490 75%
Hyundai i800 2008 162 75%
Citroen C2 2008 4347 75%
BMW X3 2008 2260 74%
Alfa Romeo 159 2008 1589 74%
Volkswagen Caravelle 2008 481 74%
Peugeot 407 2008 3988 74%
Peugeot Partner Combi 2008 1312 74%
Perodua Kelisa 2008 115 74%
Kia Carens 2008 3119 74%
Volvo V50 2008 7900 74%
Renault Megane Scenic 2008 57 74%
Jaguar XF 2008 6829 74%
Mercedes-Benz Viano 2008 744 74%
Chevrolet Tacuma 2008 1140 73%
Chevrolet Lacetti 2008 2404 73%
Proton Satria Neo 2008 130 73%
Mazda RX-8 2008 1134 73%
Isuzu Rodeo 2008 1070 73%
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life 2008 283 73%
Land Rover Defender 110 2008 1632 73%
Chevrolet Captiva 2008 1939 73%
SsangYong Rexton 2008 127 72%
Nissan Navara 2008 4145 72%
Alfa Romeo GT 2008 841 72%
Kia Sedona 2008 2130 72%
Peugeot 307 2008 5416 72%
FIAT Fiorino 2008 131 72%
Chrysler Sebring 2008 1175 71%
Kia Magentis 2008 126 71%
Citroen C4 Picasso 2008 18635 71%
Renault Megane 2008 17337 71%
Mazda 5 2008 4487 71%
Chevrolet Epica 2008 164 71%
Dodge Nitro 2008 1008 71%
Proton GEN-2 2008 530 70%
Renault Espace 2008 283 70%
Proton Savvy 2008 332 70%
Jeep Compass 2008 189 69%
Land Rover Defender 2008 62 68%
Jeep Wrangler 2008 231 67%
Dodge Caliber 2008 1468 67%
Citroen C8 2008 473 67%
FIAT Multipla 2008 336 66%
Chrysler Voyager 2008 585 65%
Chrysler PT Cruiser 2008 195 65%
Jeep Patriot 2008 1661 64%
SsangYong Rodius 2008 146 64%
Chrysler 300C 2008 1401 62%
Peugeot 807 2008 449 62%
Chrysler Grand Voyager 2008 99 59%

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