Kia Optima MOT Results

Registered in 2012
71.8% pass rate
from 859 tests in 2020
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 Kia Optima is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Brakes (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Brake performance (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (120% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 2.3% fail on Service brake performance (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.0% fail on Parking brake performance (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (11 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.12% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.35% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.23% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.9% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.9% fail on Brake pads
      • 1.4% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.35% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Lever (17 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Cable
    • 0.93% fail on Rigid brake pipes (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Hand lever (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Pedal
    • 0.35% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.35% fail on Lever
    • 0.23% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.23% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.12% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.12% fail on Servos
    • 0.12% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.12% fail on Electronic stability control
  • 8.6% fail on Steering (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Steering linkage components (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Track rod end (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.81% fail on Steering gear (10 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Steering rack (11 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering play
      • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
  • 7.0% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.47% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.2% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.93% fail on Headlamp aim (58% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.81% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.81% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.47% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.35% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.81% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.81% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.70% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.23% fail on Switch (24 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Stop lamp (68% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Position lamps (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Position lamp (79% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.23% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.12% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.12% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.12% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 5.1% fail on Tyres
    • 2.7% fail on Condition
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth
  • 3.5% fail on Suspension (46% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.81% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.58% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.47% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.70% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.23% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.23% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joints
    • 0.35% fail on Springs (88% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Coil springs (88% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Coil spring (88% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.23% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.12% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.12% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
  • 3.3% fail on Visibility
    • 2.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.81% fail on Washers
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.12% fail on View to rear
      • 0.12% fail on Mirrors
  • 0.58% fail on Body, chassis, structure (66% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.12% fail on Transmission
      • 0.12% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.12% fail on Joints
    • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.12% fail on Body
      • 0.12% fail on Panel
    • 0.12% fail on Seats
      • 0.12% fail on Driver's seat
  • 0.47% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.47% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.35% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (76% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.35% fail on Exhaust emissions (74% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.12% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.12% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
      • 0.12% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.12% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
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