MOT Pass Rates Highlight Most Reliable EVs On The Market

UK buyers, the MOT pass rates are in and could influence which EV you ultimately buy — especially for those looking at reliable rides.

Finance provider, Zuto, has crunched the numbers, evaluating data from more than 1.7 million MOT tests between January 2016 and May 2021. With these results, we can determine which vehicles hold up better and are less likely to cause you trouble.

All the major automakers were featured in Zuto’s results, from BMW to Hyundai. The results might actually surprise some of you, as there isn’t a single Tesla vehicle in the top five.

So, which EV led the charge?

According to Zuto, the 2021 Lexus NX has the highest pass rate (93%), a hybrid electric SUV known for its refined look/expert features.

In second place, we have the zero-emission Hyundai IONIQ coming in at 91.55%, followed closely by the Toyota RAV4 (90.98%).

Here’s a quick rundown of the top 10 for reference:

  • 1. Lexus NX: 93.13%
  • 2. Hyundai IONIQ: 91.55%
  • 3. Toyota RAV4: 90.98%
  • 4. BMW I3: 90.26%
  • 5. Kia Niro: 89.99%
  • 6. BMW I8: 89.71%
  • 7. Mercedes S: 89.68%
  • 8. Toyota C-HR: 89.62%
  • 9. Honda Jazz/FIT: 89.01%
  • 10. Tesla Model X: 88.76%

It’s of note that the above list consists of all-electric and hybrid vehicles together. And while vehicles like the Model X didn’t crack the top five, the fact that it, and other EVs, achieved 84% or higher is a testament to the power of these vehicles.

In fact, there were around 30 vehicles, all achieving 84% or higher. The statistics align nicely with the fact that the sales of both electric and hybrid cars rose sharply last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers.

The UK as a whole is prepping for a market-wide electric takeover. A ban on the sale of new petrol/diesel types by 2030 has only driven buyers to think about transitioning now rather than later.

MOT Pass Rates, like those shown above, will vary as time goes on as new models enter the market. Manufacturing is another area set to go through its own changes through the implementation of gigafactories up and down the country.

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