Lexus and Hyundai named most reliable electric cars with highest MOT pass rate

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The study, conducted by car finance provider, Zuto, analysed over 1.7 million MOT tests across a variety of different electric and hybrid car models. The best car model, the Lexus NX, had a pass rate of 93.13 percent, closely followed by the Hyundai IONIQ with a pass rate of 91.55 percent.

Toyota’s RAV4 and the BMW I3 finished above 90 percent whilst the fifth spot went to the Kia Niro with an 89.99 percent pass rate.

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The rest of the top 15 includes the likes of Mercedes, Honda, Tesla, Volvo and Volkswagen.

The results, which were recorded between January 2016 and May 2021, found that the top 30 cars all had a pass rate above 84 percent.

Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto, commented on the study, saying that it’s a good step forward for the future of electric vehicles in the UK.

She said: “We wanted to research the models and brands that currently have the best MOT pass rates to help anyone that is looking to purchase an electric or hybrid car in the near future.

“It’s great to see a range of electric and hybrid car types featured in the most reliable models, showing that even the more affordable options, such as the Honda Jazz, provide great value for money.”  

Despite Tesla dominating the electric-only car industry as one of the most popular models, its glamour is not always reflected in its MOT reliability.


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The Model X finished in tenth with an 88.76 percent pass rate, followed by the Model S in twelfth place with 88.22 percent.

The study also revealed what the most common faults are on failed MOTs for electric and hybrid cars.

These included front tyres being worn out close to their legal limit, with the passenger side tyres being the most common fault (59,726 fails) and driver side being the second most popular (57,562 fails).

Affordable electric and hybrid vehicles also featured in the top 15, with the Honda JAZZ Hybrid finishing a very respectable ninth place with an 89 percent pass rate.

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