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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Rover CityRover – 42% pass rate

The CityRover came along shortly before the end of MG Rover, and it was hardly a shining beacon of hope for the company. There’s not a lot of desirability attached to them, so it’s unlikely many people will bother lavishing thousands on upkeep.

It’s not a big surprise to see the CityRover towards the bottom of the pile for pass rates, then. The most common cause for failure is typical of all makes and models – lights and signalling – followed by wear items like suspension. 


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