Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2009
60.6% pass rate
from 2,001 tests in 2020
(9.2% worse than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (38% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 8.3% fail on Headlamps (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 8.3% fail on Headlamp (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 6.4% fail on Stop lamp (78% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 1.0% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.050% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.00% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.35% fail on All direction indicators (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Side repeaters
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.85% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.85% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.85% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.45% fail on Reversing lamps (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Reversing lamps (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.15% fail on Switch
    • 0.100% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.050% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.100% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.050% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.050% fail on Horn
  • 9.3% fail on Visibility (70% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Wipers (92% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Washers (59% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on View to rear (160% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.45% fail on Mirrors (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Condition of glass (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Windscreen (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Driver's view
  • 8.6% fail on Suspension (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Springs (32% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 5.6% fail on Coil springs (33% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 5.6% fail on Coil spring (33% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Mounting
    • 1.9% fail on Suspension arms (52% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.90% fail on Ball joint dust cover (120% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Pins and bushes (65% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Ball joint (72% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (11 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Shock absorbers (69% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.20% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.100% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.25% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.100% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.100% fail on Wheel bearings (83% better than other 2009 cars)
  • 6.0% fail on Tyres
    • 3.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.100% fail on Size/type
  • 5.9% fail on Brakes (25% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.7% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.7% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.100% fail on Brake linings (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.5% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.20% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.15% fail on Cable
        • 0.050% fail on Lever
    • 2.1% fail on Brake performance (43% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Service brake performance (45% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (44% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.00% fail on Service brake performance (42% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.85% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (46% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.85% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.45% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.40% fail on Rbt
          • 0.40% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.050% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.050% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.20% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.20% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.100% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.100% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.050% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.80% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.75% fail on Electronic stability control (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.15% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.15% fail on Lever
    • 0.15% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.100% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.100% fail on Pedal
    • 0.050% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.050% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.050% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.050% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.050% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.050% fail on Other components
  • 3.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.8% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.6% fail on Spark ignition (74% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (150% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.45% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.050% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.050% fail on NOx sensor
      • 0.25% fail on Compression ignition (83% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.050% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.050% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.15% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.15% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 2.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (37% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.75% fail on Doors (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Front passenger's door (8 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Door condition (8 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Hinge
      • 0.050% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.050% fail on Door condition
    • 0.50% fail on Transmission (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Drive shafts (67% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Joints (67% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.30% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Exhaust system (85% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (8 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Seats
      • 0.15% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.050% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.100% fail on Chassis (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.100% fail on Chassis condition (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Body
      • 0.100% fail on Other body component
      • 0.050% fail on Body condition
    • 0.050% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.050% fail on Load security
      • 0.050% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.050% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.050% fail on Undertray
  • 2.4% fail on Steering
    • 2.0% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.050% fail on Other components
        • 0.050% fail on Steering component
    • 0.25% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.25% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.100% fail on Steering play
      • 0.100% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.050% fail on Power steering
      • 0.050% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.050% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 1.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.80% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.45% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.25% fail on Condition
      • 0.20% fail on Prescribed areas (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Airbags
      • 0.050% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.65% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.55% fail on Attachment
    • 0.100% fail on Condition
  • 0.55% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.55% fail on Registration plates

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