The MoT Files: The first MoT - top 10 manufacturers

Manufacturer pass rates for the first MoT provide a superb insight into how new cars cope with the grain and strain of modern life.

For many new cars, the MoT will be the first time an expert has tested the roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required by UK law. Arguably one of the most important lists in the MoT Files and the data here shows the 10 best manufacturers when it comes to 2010 registered cars passing the MoT at the first time of asking.

To get a better impression of how mainstream manufacturers perform we have based our rested on 5000 MoT tests or more to exclude unaffordable or niche brands. 

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Audi 85% pass rate

The first European manufacturer to break into our top 10 is Audi. Indeed, Volkswagen’s premium brand achieved an average pass rate of 85 per cent when it comes to its new(ish) cars passing their first MoT, with high marks for both the (pictured) TT (90 per cent) and the Q5, which also scored an impressive 90 per cent. 


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