A compact SUV manufactured by Skoda had the highest pass rate of any vehicle submitted for a NCT test last year.
An analysis of the results of NCT tests carried out on more than 1.34 million vehicles at 47 test centres nationwide in 2018 shows the Skoda Yeti had a pass rate of 81.3pc.
Figures published by the Road Safety Authority show the Czech-manufactured car, launched in Ireland in 2009, was one of only two popular car models to obtain a pass rate in excess of 80pc. The other was the Peugeot 208 supermini, which had a pass rate of 81pc.
Other brands with high pass rates included the Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan, Dacia Sandero, Hyundai ix35 and Dacia Duster.
In contrast, the model with the lowest pass rate among more than 160 leading models was the Hyundai Trajet with only 20pc getting a NCT pass rating in the initial test.
Other models with less than a third of cars passing included the Vauxhall Vectra, Seat Cordoba, Chevrolet Kalos, Volkswagen Bora, Nissan Primera, Peugeot 206, Volkswagen Sharan, Hyundai Tucson, Opel Vectra, Peugeot 307 and Mazda 323.
“The results of NCT tests are really a reflection of how they are looked after and maintained by their owners rather than the performance of any individual model,” an RSA spokesperson said.
The RSA figures show that more than half of all cars failed the NCT on full inspection last year.