Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2012
72.6% pass rate
from 2,299 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 Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (38% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 8.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (26 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 8.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (26 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 8.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (27 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Switch
    • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 1.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 0.83% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.83% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.61% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.22% fail on Individual direction indicators (70% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (71% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Headlamps (85% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Headlamp (84% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Position lamps (81% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Position lamp (80% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.087% fail on Horn
    • 0.043% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.043% fail on Switch
  • 9.4% fail on Suspension (45% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Suspension arms (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 6.2% fail on Pins and bushes (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Ball joint (77% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.043% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 2.7% fail on Springs
      • 2.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.6% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.043% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 0.48% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.26% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.087% fail on Shock absorbers (88% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.043% fail on Axles
      • 0.043% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.043% fail on Wheel bearings
  • 4.6% fail on Visibility
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers
    • 2.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.26% fail on View to rear (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Mirrors (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.043% fail on Driver's view
  • 3.7% fail on Tyres (35% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Tread depth (43% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Condition (32% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
    • 0.13% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 1.7% fail on Brakes (67% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (65% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Brake linings and pads (75% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.61% fail on Brake pads (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.57% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.74% fail on Brake performance (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Service brake performance (63% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (66% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.043% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.26% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.26% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.043% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.043% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.043% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.043% fail on Rbt
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake performance
    • 0.043% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.043% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.043% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.043% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.043% fail on Electronic stability control
  • 1.7% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 1.0% fail on Transmission
      • 1.0% fail on Drive shafts
        • 1.0% fail on Joints
      • 0.043% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.043% fail on Joints
    • 0.22% fail on Exhaust system (65% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.087% fail on Seats
      • 0.043% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.043% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.087% fail on Boot lid (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Boot lid condition (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.043% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.043% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.043% fail on Body
      • 0.043% fail on Other body component
    • 0.043% fail on Load security
      • 0.043% fail on Access panel
    • 0.043% fail on Doors
      • 0.043% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.043% fail on Door condition
  • 1.4% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.87% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.61% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.22% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.087% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.52% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.52% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.26% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.13% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.087% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.087% fail on Condition
    • 0.043% fail on Airbags
      • 0.043% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.17% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.17% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.17% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.17% fail on Attachment
  • 0.043% fail on Steering
    • 0.043% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 0.043% fail on Track rod end
Read the Honest John Review

  • Volkswagen Beetle (2012 - 2019)
    Huge improvement on previous Beetle. Distinctive interior harks back to original Beetle. Enjoyable to drive. Engine line-up includes 1.2 TSI 105PS and economical 1.6 TDI.

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