Ford S-MAX MOT Results

Registered in 2012
67.3% pass rate
from 7,795 tests in 2020
(25% worse than other 2012 cars)
Pass rate by mileage
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the Ford S-MAX is unusually good or bad.

  • 9.0% fail on Tyres (60% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Condition (86% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Tread depth (48% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Size/type
    • 0.026% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 8.3% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.10% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (55% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Headlamps (32% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp (37% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (120% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.4% fail on Stop lamp (23% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Direction indicators (27% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Flashing type (27% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.86% fail on Side repeaters (56% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Individual direction indicators (88% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.62% fail on Position lamps (46% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Position lamp (45% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.33% fail on Reversing lamps (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Reversing lamps (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.22% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.10% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.064% fail on Horn
      • 0.026% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.013% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.026% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.013% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.013% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 6.6% fail on Suspension
    • 5.2% fail on Suspension arms (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.090% fail on Ball joint (91% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.038% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Other suspension component (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Pins and bushes (14 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.44% fail on Anti-roll bars (53% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage ball joints (68% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.051% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.23% fail on Shock absorbers (67% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Axles (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.051% fail on Springs (98% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.051% fail on Coil springs (98% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.051% fail on Coil spring (98% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.013% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.013% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.013% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 6.0% fail on Brakes (14% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (74% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Brake linings and pads (93% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Brake pads (93% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.80% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.78% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.013% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.026% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.026% fail on Cable
    • 0.85% fail on Brake performance (55% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Service brake performance (52% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Rbt (53% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Service brake performance (49% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.051% fail on Service brake imbalance (77% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.24% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (63% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Rbt (sp) (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Parking brake performance (65% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.077% fail on Parking brake performance (69% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.013% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.090% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (67% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Rbt (sp) (65% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.051% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.038% fail on Service brake imbalance (79% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.077% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (64% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.038% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.064% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.038% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.026% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.051% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Pedal
      • 0.026% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.051% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.038% fail on Parking brake control (82% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Lever (85% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.013% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 5.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.7% fail on Transmission (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Drive shafts (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 4.5% fail on Joints (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.19% fail on Prop shafts (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Joints (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Exhaust system (37% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Body (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Other body component (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Doors
      • 0.077% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.077% fail on Door condition
      • 0.051% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.051% fail on Door condition
    • 0.10% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.051% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.026% fail on Pipe
      • 0.013% fail on Hose
      • 0.013% fail on System
    • 0.038% fail on Seats
      • 0.026% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.013% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.013% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.013% fail on Bracket
    • 0.013% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.013% fail on Other boot lid component
  • 4.5% fail on Steering (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Steering linkage components (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Track rod end (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.013% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.26% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.064% fail on Steering play (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Steering rack (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Power steering
      • 0.013% fail on Operation
      • 0.013% fail on Other components
    • 0.013% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.013% fail on Universal joint
  • 2.9% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Wipers (36% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Washers (34% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.077% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.077% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.077% fail on View to rear
      • 0.077% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.038% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.8% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Seat belts (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Requirements
      • 0.013% fail on Load limiters
    • 0.64% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Airbags
      • 0.026% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 1.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.0% fail on Compression ignition (88% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.55% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (85% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (120% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on On or after 01/01/2014 (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.013% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
      • 0.22% fail on Spark ignition (73% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (64% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Catalyst emissions (91% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.013% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.077% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.064% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.013% fail on Other leaks
  • 0.33% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.33% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.32% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.038% fail on Condition
  • 0.013% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.013% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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