The MoT Files: The 10 worst vans for passing the MoT test
These are the most unreliable vans for passing the first MoT test at three years. Honest John Vans has crunched millions of Government files from the DVSA to name and shame the commercial vehicles that perform the worst when it comes to the MoT.
Citroen Dispatch – 64.6% MoT pass rate
It doesn't matter which way you look at it, the MoT pass rate for the Dispatch van is poor. Delve into the numbers and three-year-old vans fail on a multitude of items, with suspension and electrical problems plaguing the Dispatch on MoT test day. As a result, its pass rate is 46 per cent worse than average for vans registered in 2014.
Citroen Relay – 66.6% MoT pass rate
Things don’t get much better for Citroen when it comes to the larger Relay van with its MoT file showing a lengthy list of issues. One of the worst areas is the suspension, with front joints being five times more likely to fail the MoT than average for a three-year-old van. Body and structural items also perform badly, with a failure rate that is twice as high as the expected average.
Nissan NV200 – 68.4% MoT pass rate
The NV200 is the only Nissan to make it into this list, with lighting, tyres and driver’s view of the road being the problem areas. On average, the NV200 will perform 30 per cent worse than other 2014 vans at the first MoT, while headlamps have a failure rate that’s 120 per cent worse than average.
Renault Kangoo – 69.6% MoT pass rate
The Kangoo’s MoT file provides mixed results, with almost one in 10 failures being caused by faulty windscreen wipers or washers. Tyre wear is 33 per cent worse than expected for a three-year-old van, while suspension defects are almost 50 per cent better than other 2014 vans.
Citroen Berlingo – 69.9% MoT pass rate
Affordable and practical, the Berlingo has lots to offer drivers who want a heavy duty van with low fuel costs. Sadly, when it comes to the MoT, the money savvy appeal of the Citroen is diminished with high failure rates for lighting, electrics and tyres. Indeed, when it comes to tyre tread, the Berlingo has a failure rate that’s 73 per cent worse than average.
Renault Master – 70.7% MoT pass rate
Popular with delivery drivers and builders, the Renault Master provides big carrying capacity at a price that most businesses can afford. Sadly suspension failures are common, with drive shafts, velocity joints and wheel bearings being twice as likely to fail the MoT as other 2014 vans. Brake problems are also prevalent, with pads being 60 per cent more likely to fail than the average.
Vauxhall Movano – 71.3% MoT pass rate
The sister vehicle to the Master, the Movano suffers many of the same MoT defects as the Renault with high failure rates for lighting, suspension and brakes. The Vauxhall has a number of loadbay bodywork problems. The loading door, for example, is nine times more likely to fail the MoT than other 2014 vans.
Vauxhall Combo – 71.9% MoT pass rate
It might be a rebadged Doblo, but the Combo’s pass rate is much lower than the 77 per cent you get with the Fiat. Drill into the numbers and coil springs are eight times more likely to fail on the Combo than average, while tyre condition is 76 per cent worse than similar 2014 vans.
Peugeot Bipper – 72.3% MoT pass rate
As you may have gathered, French vans are not the best when it comes to scoring a pass at the first MoT. Shock absorbers are twice as likely to fail here than similar 2014 vans. Lights and electrical equipment perform better, however, with pass rates being 14 per cent higher than average.
Vauxhall Vivaro – 72.6% MoT pass rate
These MoT results are based on the old Vivaro that was phased out in 2014 in favour of a newer, better model. The Vivaro has an MoT pass rate that’s 13 per cent worse than average, with suspension being the biggest problem area and MacPherson struts having a failure rate that’s seven times worse than other vans having their first MoT in 2014.