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MoT Files: Top 25 Vans

  
  

Considering how hard a van is worked during its lifetime it's no surprise to see lower MoT pass rates across the board compared to passenger cars.

Like a car, any commercial vehicle up to 3500kg has to have its first MoT after three years, but a van will be covering significantly more miles than your average family runabout in this period.

The top performing model is the 2006 Mazda BT-50 pick-up but as the figures show, it wasn't a particularly big seller with just 162 put through their MoT. Second is the 2006 Daihatsu Extol – one of the breed of micro vans like the Suzuki Carry (and remember the Bedford Rascal...) which have now fallen out of favour, replaced by small vans like the Citroen Nemo. Daihatsu no longer sells vehicles in Europe and 2006 was in fact the last year of the Extol in the UK.

Like the BT-50 there were few Extol models put through an MoT – just 374. To get a better idea of the results in a wider context we've set a benchmark of 1000 tests for the purposes of this list.

This shows which of the more mainstream vans performed well. Coming out on top it's no surprise to see a Japanese brand – the Toyota Hiace – although a pass rate of 80 per cent shows how harder vans have to work compared to cars. In the equivalent car data, the top performing model (the Suzuki Splash) has a pass rate of 90 per cent. The Hiace is no more though, it's due to replaced by the Toyota ProAce.

However, as with cars, the overall trend – unsurprisingly – is that newer vans have a better chance of passing the MoT.

Not far behind the Hiace is the Volkswagen Caddy but the first large van is the Fiat Ducato followed by the Peugeot Boxer with pass rates of more than 75 per cent. These two are essentially the same van as the Citroen Relay so it's surprising is that the equivalent 2008 Relay performs so much worse with a pass rate of just 58 per cent. Nowhere near the top 25.

And what about Britain's most popular van, the ubiquitous Transit? Almost 65000 models registered in 2008 were put through an MoT in 2010/2011 with a pass rate of 63 per cent. That's not good enough to make it into the top 25 though.

Best MoT Pass Rate: Top 25 (More than 1000 tests) 

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Toyota Hiace 2008 1976 81%
Toyota Hiace 2007 2791 79%
Volkswagen Caddy 2008 5817 78%
Toyota Hiace 2006 2173 77%
Fiat Ducato 2008 5546 77%
Peugeot Boxer 2008 3317 75%
Toyota Hiace 2005 2093 73%
Fiat Ducato 2007 8007 72%
Peugeot Boxer 2007 4439 72%
Volkswagen Caddy 2007 7374 70%
Peugeot Boxer 2006 4434 70%
Suzuki Carry 2005 2422 70%
Volkswagen Transporter 2006 5463 70%
Fiat Ducato 2006 6795 69%
Fiat Ducato 2005 6766 69%
Peugeot Partner 2008 4158 68%
Volkswagen Caddy 2006 5264 68%
Toyota Hiace 2004 2342 68%
Peugeot Boxer 2005 4475 67%
Peugeot Partner 2007 5941 67%
Volkswagen Transporter 2005 7071 67%
Toyota Hiace 2003 2420 66%
Vauxhall Movano 2008 3448 66%
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2008 13015 66%
Suzuki Carry 2008 2953 66%

 

Best MoT Pass Rate: Overall Top 25

Make Model Year of Registration MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
Mazda BT-50 2006 162 82%
Daihatsu Extol 2006 374 82%
Toyota Hiace 2008 1976 81%
Toyota Hiace 2007 2791 79%
Volkswagen Caddy 2008 5817 78%
Mazda BT-50 2007 483 77%
Toyota Hiace 2006 2173 77%
Mazda BT-50 2008 448 77%
Fiat Ducato 2008 5546 77%
Daihatsu Extol 2005 330 77%
Peugeot Boxer 2008 3317 75%
Volkswagen Transporter 2007 461 75%
Daihatsu Extol 2003 55 75%
LDV Pilot 2006 517 74%
Nissan D22 2007 116 73%
Toyota Hiace 2005 2093 73%
Volkswagen LT46 2006 384 73%
Nissan D22 2006 82 73%
Proton Jumbuck 2005 120 73%
Isuzu NKR 2008 339 73%
Fiat Ducato 2007 8007 72%
Peugeot Boxer 2007 4439 72%
Mitsubishi Canter 2007 195 71%
Volkswagen Caddy 2007 7374 70%
Peugeot Boxer 2006 4434 70%

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