The MoT Files: The 10 worst SUVs and crossovers for passing the MoT test
Vehicle repairs and failed MoTs can be the biggest headache of all for any car owner, potentially putting your car off the road and costing you a small fortune.
Close examination of the data gathered by the DVSA has revealed the 10 SUVs and crossovers that have the lowest pass rates when it comes to their first MoT at three years old. It is worth noting that some of these vehicles have a pass rate that is only five per cent short of making it onto the top 10 best pass rates - but some of them are a lot further away…
Peugeot 5008 - 68.4% pass rate
A very poor showing from the 5008 here, although it is important to note this is the previous generation model that was replaced in 2016. Its failure rate of 590 from 1870 tests is 120 per cent worse than the 2014 average, and the data shows a number of areas where failures are way above the average. In particular stop lamp failures are 19 times worse than average and electronic parking brake failures an astonishing 32 times worse than other 2014 cars.
Renault Captur - 80.3% pass rate
The Captur has been a sales hit for Renault but the earliest cars have reached MoT age and have delivered a disappointing result, achieving 3263 failures from 16,537 tests conducted, a score 38 per cent worse than other 2014 cars. Particular areas of note are suspension and drivetrain, with both driveshafts and CV joints performing 24 times worse than the 2014 average. Anti-roll bars, linkage pins, bushes, ball joints and associated attachments also appear as failure items at least seven times more frequently than average for the year.
Dacia Duster - 81.2% pass rate
Dacia’s Duster is well known as an inexpensive car to buy, but its performance in the MoT results suggests owners may have to face bigger bills down the line. Some 963 failures were recorded from 5135 tests for 2014-registered cars, which is a third worse than all cars of the same age. Areas such as seat belts and restraint systems, steering, body, structure and general items all show as causing failure rates higher than average, and in particular power steering pipes and hoses have a failure rate 43 times higher than other 2014 cars tested.
Volvo XC90 - 81.3% pass rate
The second generation Volvo XC90 didn’t reach the UK until 2015, so this below-average result is based on the original model. 374 failures from 2000 2014-registered vehicles to give a pass rate of 81.3 per cent doesn’t sound too bad, but this is 31 per cent worse than other cars of the same age. The key fault area appears to be steering, with a failure on power steering and steering operation 19 times and 33 times worse than other 2014 cars respectively.
Hyundai ix35 - 82.2% pass rate
One of Hyundai’s older generation of cars, the ix35 went out of production in 2015, which may partly explain its appearance in this table. From 12,904 ix35s tested 2297 failed, making it 25 per cent worse than other 2014-registered cars. The data reveals a number of areas where the ix35 had above-average failure rates, in particular the rear fog lamp; with the fog lamp tell-tale and fog lamp switch seven times and 13 times more common a fail point than average.
Mitsubishi Outlander - 83.0% pass rate
In sixth place is Mitsubishi’s Outlander, with 1094 failures recorded from 6424 tests conducted for an 83 per cent pass rate. That is 20 per cent worse than other 2014 cars, which is not as bad as some in this list, but the data reveals some particular issues. Almost seven per cent of all 2014 Outlander failures were due to brakes, which is twice as bad as other cars from the same year, and in particular parking brake operation and gradient handbrake were 160 times and 162 times worse than other 2014 cars respectively.
Volkswagen Touareg - 83.2% pass rate
The second generation Touareg recorded 498 failures from 2956 vehicles tested, giving a 83.2 per cent pass rate that is 18 per cent worse than other 2014 cars. A closer look at the data reveals that in particular, the steering system is an area that shows failures significantly above average, with power steering failures 16 times worse than the 2014 average, and steering operation 37 times worse.
Ford EcoSport - 84.0% pass rate
Ford’s Fiesta-based EcoSport is one of the smallest crossovers on this list, and the earliest UK examples will have reached their first MoT tests in 2016 and 2017. 349 failures from 2184 tests gives a pass rate of 84 per cent. The data reveals two areas of note, with parking brake and condition cited 12 and 13 times worse than cars of the same age, while the exhaust system failure rate is 35 times worse than other 2014 cars.
Peugeot 3008 - 84.2% pass rate
A better performance for the 3008 than its contemporary stablemate, with 1263 recorded failures from 7997 vehicles tested. That gives it a pass rate of 84.2 per cent. A few areas such as lights, seat belts and suspension show up as failure points slightly more than average, but in particular the drive shaft’s general condition failure frequency was 79 times worse than other 2014 cars.
Land Rover Discovery - 84.3% pass rate
Completing the list is the Discovery 4. 1122 failures from 7145 vehicles tested gives a pass rate of 84.3 per cent, 10 per cent worse than the 2014 average. While its overall performance is only slightly below average, the Discovery has a number of failure points which are many times worse than typical for the year. Parking brake operation failures were 40 times worse, air suspension 29 times worse and detachable tow ball 161 times worse than other 2014 cars - although the latter only applies where the option is fitted.