Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2014
79.3% pass rate
from 3,717 tests in 2020
(12% worse than other 2014 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 2014 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.2% fail on Suspension (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Suspension arms (7 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Pins and bushes (18 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.027% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.89% fail on Springs
      • 0.89% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.89% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.16% fail on Other suspension component (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Pins and bushes (12 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.081% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.027% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.054% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.054% fail on Suspension rods (6 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Pins and bushes (26 times worse than other 2014 cars)
  • 6.9% fail on Visibility (66% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Wipers (120% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Washers (51% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Condition of glass (180% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Windscreen (180% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.081% fail on Bonnet (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.081% fail on View to rear
      • 0.081% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.5% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 3.2% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (14 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (14 times worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Rear fog lamp (14 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Headlamp aim (35% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Headlamp aim (31% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.54% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.46% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.081% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.46% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.16% fail on Position lamps (64% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Position lamp (63% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Stop lamp (86% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Headlamps (92% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Headlamp (93% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.027% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.027% fail on Switch
    • 0.027% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.027% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.027% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.027% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 3.3% fail on Tyres (26% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Tread depth
    • 1.3% fail on Condition (36% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Size/type
  • 1.8% fail on Brakes (48% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Brake performance
      • 0.48% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.48% fail on Rbt
          • 0.40% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.13% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.35% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.22% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.22% fail on Rbt
          • 0.19% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.027% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.11% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.11% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.054% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.054% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 0.59% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (5 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Electronic stability control (8 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.40% fail on Mechanical brake components (84% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake linings and pads (90% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Brake pads (90% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Brake discs and drums (58% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Brake discs (58% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.027% fail on Brake fluid
  • 0.75% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.73% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.46% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.46% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.22% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.054% fail on Catalyst emissions
    • 0.027% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.027% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 0.27% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.27% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.22% fail on Body, chassis, structure (77% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Transmission (86% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Drive shafts (86% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.054% fail on Joints (86% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Doors
      • 0.027% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.027% fail on Door condition
      • 0.027% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.027% fail on Door condition
    • 0.027% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.027% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.027% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.027% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.027% fail on Body
      • 0.027% fail on Other body component
  • 0.13% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.13% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
  • 0.081% fail on Steering (76% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.054% fail on Steering linkage components (79% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Track rod end
    • 0.027% fail on Electronic power steering
  • 0.081% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.081% fail on Attachment
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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