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Eco-friendly cars with the best MOT pass rate

Eco-friendly cars with the best MOT pass rate

As the UK shifts to electric and hybrid cars, we discover how your favourite models hold up in their annual MOT. Find out the top 15 pass rates.

Ever wondered how electric and hybrid cars get on when it comes to MOTs? Well, the answer it seems is pretty well.

The 2021 Lexus NX has the highest MOT pass rate from the current crop of electric and hybrid vehicles. That’s according to our study, which found the Lexus SUV had a pass rate of more than 93%.

This was swiftly followed by the zero-emission Hyundai IONIQ at 91.55% and fellow SUV, the Toyota RAV4, with a rate of 90.98% for the annual test of roadworthiness.

How we worked it out

Our team crunched official UK government data from more than 1.7million MOT tests between January 2016 and May 2021 to calculate the MOT pass rates of current electric car brands, from Tesla and Toyota to Lexus and Hyundai.

And across our research MOT performance is generally good, with the top 30 vehicles all achieving 84% or higher.

Our analysis comes as electric cars are growing in popularity with British buyers. With the UK government planning to phase-out sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, many people are opting for electric. Sales of both electric and hybrid cars rose sharply in 2020, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers.

At Zuto, we want to make it easier for our customers to buy an electric car, and we hope this research does just that. Now, lets explore the rest of the data or you could head over to our guide on electric car finance.

Top 15 electric and hybrid car MOT pass rates

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%

11.  Lexus IS – 88.48%

12.  Tesla Model S – 88.22%

13.  Volkswagen Golf – 88.07%

14.  Volvo XC90 – 88.04%

15.  BMW 3 Series – 87.84%

When looking at the top spots, the sporty BMW I8 also ranked highly, with a pass rate of 89.71% - enough to claim sixth place. The well-known Tesla Models X and S came 10th (88.76%) and 12th(88.22%) respectively.

The Honda JAZZ Hybrid and Volkswagen e-Golf also feature in the top 15, highlighting the value and longevity of more affordable models as well.

How did other electric and hybrid car models rank?

Take a look at some of the further results to see how other models compare – what’s noticeable is that our top 30 goes no lower than an 84% pass rate:

16.  Ford Mondeo – 87.44%

17.  Porsche Cayenne – 87.35%

18.  Lexus CT – 86.90%

19.  Audi A3 – 86.69%

20.  Toyota Yaris – 86.58%

21.  Mercedes C – 86.29%

22.  Mercedes E – 86.05%

23.  Mitsubishi OUTLANDER – 85.97%

24.  BMW X5 – 85.80%

25.  Nissan LEAF – 85.75%

26.  Honda CR-Z – 85.28%

27.  Lexus RX – 84.90%

28.  Lexus GS – 84.71%

29.  Volkswagen Passat – 84.37%

30.  Toyota Auris – 84.22%

Lexus continues its MOT success rate with the Lexus CT at 86.90%, while the RX and GS rank in positions 27 and 28 with a pass rate of around 84%.

Mercedes also continues a strong run, following up its seventh-place S model with the Mercedes C and E, both with pass rates in the region of 86%.

With rates ranging from 93.11% for top position, to 84.22% with the Toyota Auris, electric and hybrid car models showcase consistently high pass rates. So, you can feel confident making your next eco-friendly car purchase.

Ready to secure your own electric or hybrid car? Discover the wide range of car finance options at Zuto and receive a quote from us today.

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