This is the time all new cars need to pass an MOT, but motoring website HonestJohn says only four out of every five cars actually pass an MOT three years after they are built.
The shocking figure is taken from data showing cars’ pass rates since 2008 and highlights the unreliability of some car manufacturers.
However, Land Rover is not one of them. Despite issues surrounding reliability in the past, the British-built Land Rover Freelander and the luxurious new Range Rover are both above average in terms of MOT passes after three years of ownership.
The models, the best-selling in their respective ranges, show Land Rover builds some of the most reliable and safest 4×4 SUVs currently on sale in the UK.
However, even the Land Rover could not match the overall most reliable car, the Suzuki Splash, which passed 90 per cent of its MOTs.
Although data was not available for the newer Vauxhall Agila city car, it shares its build with the Splash, making potentially the most reliable car in the UK.
The practical city car, which comes with an upright stance to deliver more head room in the back of the car, is the cheapest Vauxhall car in the range with prices starting from around £10,000.
Other models to impress in terms of MOT pass rate include the Seat Altea compact MPV, the Peugeot 206 supermini and the Mazda MX-5 two-seat sports car.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the list, the Chrysler 300C from 2008 was the worst car in terms of MOT pass rates with a pass percentage of just 62 per cent.
Fellow US cars such as the Jeep Patriot and the Dodge Caliber also fell below 70 per cent at the bottom of the table.