MOT Index Reveals Car Reliability

MOT Angel have released their MOT Index, which uses the failure rate, parts cost and labour times of most popular cars from the last 12 years, to establish which cars are most likely to cause their motorists a problem at MOT time.

The aim of their index is to point out that while failure rate is a key statistic, it can be better to have a car that is slightly more likely to fail, but be very cheap to repair, than a car that rarely fails but costs a fortune in parts or labour on most repairs.

And here are the results, the lower the score the better:

Make Index Score Failure Rate %
LEXUS 5.6 24.17
SAAB 5.9 31.45
HONDA 6.0 30.23
TOYOTA 6.2 31.19
MERCEDES 6.3 29.99
LAND ROVER 6.5 32.94
SUZUKI 6.6 37.07
JAGUAR 6.6 30.52
HYUNDAI 6.6 38.52
MITSUBISHI 6.7 35.22
VOLKSWAGEN 6.7 37.50
SMART 6.8 37.85
SKODA 6.8 39.38
JEEP 6.9 38.00
FORD 7.0 40.15
NISSAN 7.0 38.18
SEAT 7.0 41.75
BMW 7.0 37.69
MAZDA 7.1 41.37
VOLVO 7.2 39.08
VAUXHALL 7.3 42.14
MINI 7.3 44.96
CHRYSLER 7.4 43.11
KIA 7.4 43.69
AUDI 7.5 39.40
CITROEN 7.5 45.27
FIAT 7.6 47.73
PEUGEOT 7.7 44.85
CHEVROLET 7.7 50.85
ALFA ROMEO 7.8 47.31
RENAULT 8.0 48.37