Volkswagen Beetle MOT Results

Registered in 2015
83.9% pass rate
from 3,319 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 2015 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Beetle is unusually good or bad.

  • 5.1% fail on Suspension (2 times worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Suspension arms (11 times worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Pins and bushes (30 times worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.090% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (48 times worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Springs
      • 0.36% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.36% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.090% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.030% fail on Linkage
      • 0.030% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.030% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.060% fail on Shock absorbers (79% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.030% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.030% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 4.3% fail on Visibility
    • 3.6% fail on Wipers (30% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Washers (43% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.090% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.030% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.030% fail on View to rear
      • 0.030% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 3.3% fail on Tyres
    • 1.7% fail on Condition
    • 1.7% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.090% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3.2% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 1.5% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (6 times worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (6 times worse than other 2015 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp (6 times worse than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Switch (9 times worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim (35% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 0.51% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.24% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.24% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.18% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.060% fail on Individual direction indicators
    • 0.090% fail on Stop lamp (85% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.060% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.030% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.030% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.030% fail on Headlamps
      • 0.030% fail on Headlamp
    • 0.030% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.030% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.030% fail on Battery(ies)
  • 0.72% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 0.69% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.39% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.39% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (170% worse than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Spark ignition
        • 0.15% fail on Catalyst emissions
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.030% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.030% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.030% fail on Engine oil leaks
  • 0.54% fail on Identification of the vehicle (140% worse than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Registration plates (150% worse than other 2015 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Brakes (81% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Brake performance (66% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.090% fail on Service brake performance (75% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Rbt (75% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.060% fail on Service brake performance (79% better than other 2015 cars)
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.090% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.090% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.030% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.030% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.030% fail on Service brake performance
    • 0.15% fail on Mechanical brake components (92% better than other 2015 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Brake linings and pads (91% better than other 2015 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Brake pads (91% better than other 2015 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.090% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.030% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.030% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.030% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.030% fail on Brake fluid
  • 0.24% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 0.060% fail on Body
      • 0.060% fail on Other body component
    • 0.060% fail on Doors
      • 0.030% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.030% fail on Door condition
      • 0.030% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.030% fail on Hinge
    • 0.060% fail on Seats
      • 0.030% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.030% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.030% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.030% fail on Transmission
      • 0.030% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.030% fail on Joints
  • 0.21% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.15% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.030% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.030% fail on Condition
    • 0.030% fail on Airbags
      • 0.030% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.030% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.030% fail on Condition
Read the Honest John Review

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    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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