The MoT Files: Bottom 50 MoT performers

Our MoT data reveals a lot of information about the specifics of common MoT failure causes, whether simple bulb failures or more complex and dangerous problems, like worn out brakes or excessive rust. But what are the UK’s worst overall cars for the Mot? 

We list the 50 models that have the lowest overall pass rates in the country. We’ve put a filter on so only models of which more than 5000 were tested appear, to filter out rare cars or particularly old models. 

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Volvo V40 – 44% pass rate

The V40 was produced from 1996-2004 and is another older model to feature. Volvo revived the V40 in 2011, but it’s too early to see how the newer model performs as MoT tests are only carried out on cars older than three years.

Almost 40 per cent of V40s tested failed on lighting and signalling problems, and almost a quarter failed on suspension problems. Overall the pass rate was less than half – more V40s failed their MoT test than passed it, like the rest of the cars in this list.


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