Mazda MX-5 MOT Results

Registered in 2016
92.7% pass rate
from 4,193 tests in 2020
(41% better than other 2016 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 2016 cars and highlighted areas where the Mazda MX-5 is unusually good or bad.

  • 2.9% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (33% worse than other 2016 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim (35% worse than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.12% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.095% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.024% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.048% fail on Direction indicators (85% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Flashing type (85% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.024% fail on Side repeaters
    • 0.048% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.048% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.048% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.024% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.024% fail on Position lamp
  • 1.4% fail on Visibility (51% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.95% fail on Washers
    • 0.36% fail on Wipers (81% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.048% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.048% fail on Windscreen
  • 1.3% fail on Tyres (62% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Condition (62% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Tread depth (65% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 0.95% fail on Brakes (53% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on Mechanical brake components (48% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Brake linings and pads (50% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Brake pads (50% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.17% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.17% fail on Brake performance (60% better than other 2016 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.072% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.048% fail on Service brake performance (80% better than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Rbt (79% better than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.048% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.048% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.048% fail on Rbt
          • 0.048% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.024% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.048% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.048% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.024% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.024% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 0.29% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.29% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.21% fail on Suspension (65% better than other 2016 cars)
    • 0.095% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.072% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.072% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.048% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes (12 times worse than other 2016 cars)
  • 0.21% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.21% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.21% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.19% fail on Catalyst emissions (190% worse than other 2016 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Emission control equipment (30 times worse than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.072% fail on Catalytic converter (31 times worse than other 2016 cars)
          • 0.024% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.024% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.17% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 0.048% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.048% fail on Body
      • 0.024% fail on Panel
      • 0.024% fail on Other body component
    • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.024% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.024% fail on Doors
      • 0.024% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.024% fail on Door condition
    • 0.024% fail on Seats
      • 0.024% fail on Driver's seat
  • 0.072% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.048% fail on Condition
    • 0.024% fail on Attachment
  • 0.024% fail on Steering
    • 0.024% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.024% fail on Steering rack
Read the Honest John Review

  • Mazda MX-5 (2015 on)
    Excellent handling makes it fun to drive. 1.5-litre model works very well on uneven UK roads. 2.0 as quick as many drivers would ever want. Well-equipped for the money.

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