Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2013
75.3% pass rate
from 4,546 tests in 2020
(11% worse than other 2013 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 2013 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (16% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 6.1% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (24 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 6.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (24 times worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 6.1% fail on Rear fog lamp (24 times worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Switch
    • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (41% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp aim (37% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.70% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.59% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.35% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (65% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Stop lamp (83% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Position lamps (70% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Position lamp (72% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.18% fail on Headlamps (90% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp (91% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.088% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.044% fail on Horn
      • 0.022% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.022% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.066% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.066% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 7.3% fail on Suspension (72% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Suspension arms (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Pins and bushes (10 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (82% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.6% fail on Springs
      • 1.6% fail on Coil springs
        • 1.6% fail on Coil spring
      • 0.022% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.022% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 0.088% fail on Anti-roll bars (77% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.022% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.044% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.044% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.044% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.022% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.022% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 5.2% fail on Visibility (25% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Wipers (71% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Washers (35% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.088% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.044% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.044% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.022% fail on View to rear
      • 0.022% fail on Mirrors
  • 4.5% fail on Tyres
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 2.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.088% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (4 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Size/type
  • 2.4% fail on Brakes (46% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Mechanical brake components (57% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Brake linings and pads (65% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.81% fail on Brake pads (65% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.37% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.066% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.066% fail on Lever (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Brake performance
      • 0.75% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (77% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.75% fail on Rbt (sp) (87% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (120% worse than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.44% fail on Parking brake performance (150% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.37% fail on Rbt (50% better than other 2013 cars)
          • 0.33% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.066% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.11% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.022% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.11% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.11% fail on Lever
    • 0.044% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.044% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.044% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.044% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.044% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.022% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.022% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.022% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.022% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
  • 1.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.99% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.53% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.44% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.066% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.022% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.46% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.46% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (100% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.044% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.022% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.022% fail on Undertray
  • 0.99% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 0.64% fail on Transmission
      • 0.62% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.62% fail on Joints
      • 0.022% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.022% fail on Joints
    • 0.088% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.066% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.022% fail on Hose
      • 0.022% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.022% fail on System
    • 0.066% fail on Doors
      • 0.044% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.044% fail on Door condition
      • 0.022% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.022% fail on Door condition
    • 0.066% fail on Seats
      • 0.044% fail on Passenger's seat
      • 0.022% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.044% fail on Body
      • 0.022% fail on Panel
      • 0.022% fail on Other body component
    • 0.022% fail on Undertray
  • 0.33% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.33% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.29% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.15% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.13% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
  • 0.11% fail on Steering (83% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.044% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.044% fail on Steering linkage components (92% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Track rod end (91% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Power steering
      • 0.022% fail on Other components
  • 0.066% fail on Road Wheels (74% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Attachment
    • 0.022% fail on Condition
Read the Honest John Review

  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (2013 - 2019)
    Relatively practical for a convertible with space for four adults, strong image with styling that turns heads especially with the roof down, fun to own especially on sunny days.
  • 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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