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Plucky Lil' Fiat Doblo Is The King of Vans According To MOT Pass Statistics

The Fiat Doblo is the best van for passing the first-three-year MoT test, according to Government (DVLA) figures. The Doblo is the best by far when it comes to breezing through the first MoT, with 84% of vans registered in 2013 passing in 2016. In second place (and pick of the pick-ups) is the Ford Ranger with 81% passing first MoT at three-years, while the Toyota Hi-Lux is third with an average pass rate of 80%.

Britain’s best-selling van, the Ford Transit, is the UK’s worst for passing the first MoT, with just 64% of vans registered in 2013 passing in 2016. Pass rates for the Citroen Dispatch, Vauxhall Movano and Citroen Relay are also disappointing.

Success in this long-running battle means that, for the first time in years, van owners, operators and small businesses have detailed access to the latest MoT records and reasons for failure.

On average, almost 30% of vans will fail the first MoT, with lighting, brakes and tyres among the most-common failure points, which will cause worry for motorists as the Government pushes ahead with its consultation to extend the annual roadworthiness test for vans from three to four years.

Top five causes of failure during a van’s first MoT at three years

  1. Lighting -39,000 failures

  2. Driver's view of the road – 14,000 failures

  3. Brakes – 12,000 failures

  4. Tyres – 9000 failures

  5. Suspension – 7000 failures

Top five vans for passing the first MoT

  1. Fiat Doblo – 84%

  2. Ford Ranger - 81%

  3. Toyota Hilux – 80%

  4. Isuzu D-Max - 80%

  5. Nissan Navara - 79%

Bottom five vans for passing the first MoT

  1. Ford Transit - 64% pass rate

  2. Citroen Dispatch - 66% pass rate

  3. Vauxhall Movano - 67% pass rate

  4. Citroen Relay - 67% pass rate

  5. Nissan NV200 - 68% pass rate