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MoT failure rates revealed: top 10 best and worst 4x4s and SUVs

Scott Hamilton

Japanese and German 4x4s and SUVs have the highest MoT pass rates, with the Audi Q3 taking the top spot.

The worst performers include Hyundai, Peugeot and Fiat models., UK price comparison site where service providers quote for MoTs, has analysed a total of 29,640,484 MoT records from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA) to reveal the top 10 best 4x4s and SUVs. analysed the pass rate for the UK’s 4x4s and SUVS on their first MoT in 2015 (the most MoT recent records available).

Below are the tables for the top and bottom ten 4x4s and SUVs.

SUV and 4x4 pass rates - 2017























Scott Hamilton (pictured), managing director, said: “According to recent research demand for SUVs are rising faster than any other type of vehicle in Europe, having lost their gas guzzler reputation.

“It’s tough for car buyers to decide which model to invest in, but our analysis of MoT pass rates gives an indication of the reliability of different makes and models.

“The MoT results show that Japanese and German manufacturers dominate the top 4x4s and SUVs, with the Audi Q3 in pole position, scoring an impressive 92.11% pass rate.

"The model has a good reputation and Audi have generally performed well in our reviews of first-time MoT pass rates.

“In second place, the Lexus RX450H puts in a strong performance of 91%. 

"Generally seen as a hassle free luxury SUV, the Lexus LX models are consistently rated as one of the best by owners. Sitting close behind in third position, is the Volkswagen Toureg with a score of 90.51. 

"This 4x4 has always been a more affordable, practical alternative to the more expensive and premium models.

Bottom 10

“The bottom 10 is a mixed bag with Toyota, BMW, Land Rover, Hyundai, Peugeot, Nissan and Fiat all making an appearance, said Hamilton.

"However, it’s great to see that Range Rover has improved its pass rates, jumping from 82.2% to 83.57% over the last three years. With a reputation of being arguably one of the most luxurious SUVs on the market, the Range Rover offers unrivalled off-road ability with powerful engines and exquisite interiors.

“The good news is that our research shows the majority of MoT failures were down to lights, indicators and tyres. These are the type of faults that be fixed quickly and cheaply by motorists, before they book their vehicle in for an MoT. This will help motorists save money and improve the chance of their vehicle passing its MoT.” works with 4,000 garage and workshop partners nationwide.

Note: Car models with less than 1,000 vehicles tested were not included and neither were high end prestige makes and models.

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