Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2000
51.5% pass rate
from 14,525 tests in 2020
(4.6% worse than other 2000 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 2000 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 19% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (4.9% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.9% fail on Stop lamp (20% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamp aim (12% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim (13% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps (10% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.25% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.014% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.5% fail on Position lamps (24% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Position lamp (25% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.7% fail on Side repeaters (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Individual direction indicators (39% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.021% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 1.4% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.014% fail on Switch (81% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (48% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.59% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.45% fail on Horn
      • 0.090% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.014% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.17% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 0.062% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.048% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.014% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.034% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.021% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.021% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.0069% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0069% fail on Outline marker lamp
    • 0.0069% fail on Daytime running lamps
  • 17% fail on Suspension
    • 8.4% fail on Suspension arms (63% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Pins and bushes (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover (63% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.7% fail on Springs (75% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs (85% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring (88% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Mounting
    • 2.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (38% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (78% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.72% fail on Pins and bushes (55% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Linkage (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Linkage ball joints (87% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.055% fail on Ball joint (85% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.048% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (94% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0069% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 1.6% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 1.2% fail on Wheel bearings (25% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (74% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Macpherson strut (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.43% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.25% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.028% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.021% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0069% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.43% fail on Sub-frames (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.083% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (78% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.32% fail on Axles (67% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (99% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Axle
      • 0.0069% fail on Stub axle
    • 0.055% fail on Suspension rods (61% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.021% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0069% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 14% fail on Brakes (5.9% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Brake performance (12% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.5% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.10% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.021% fail on Gradient tester (sp)
      • 3.4% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt
          • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance (14% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.54% fail on Service brake imbalance (30% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.021% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.014% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.014% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt
          • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.17% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.014% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.076% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.041% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.034% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.028% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.028% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.82% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (67% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.79% fail on Rbt (sp) (67% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Service brake imbalance (65% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.27% fail on Service brake performance (74% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.21% fail on Brake performance not tested (39% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Mechanical brake components (31% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Brake linings and pads (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.0069% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.4% fail on Brake discs and drums (33% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Brake discs (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.32% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.20% fail on Cable
        • 0.069% fail on Lever
        • 0.034% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Pivot
        • 0.0069% fail on Relay lever
    • 2.6% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (63% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Anti-lock braking system (68% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 2.2% fail on Rigid brake pipes (38% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Flexible brake hoses (58% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.26% fail on Pedal
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever (51% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake control (42% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Lever (42% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.24% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (74% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (68% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.034% fail on Servos
      • 0.014% fail on Valves
      • 0.0069% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.19% fail on Air and vacuum systems (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Leaks (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Servos
      • 0.014% fail on Operation
      • 0.0069% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
    • 0.034% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Other components
      • 0.0069% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.0069% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.0069% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.0069% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0069% fail on Air and vacuum systems
  • 13% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (33% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 12% fail on Exhaust emissions (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 11% fail on Spark ignition (29% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 7.6% fail on Catalyst emissions (31% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (43% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.19% fail on Emission control equipment (140% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Catalytic converter (150% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.028% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.014% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0069% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.11% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 1.6% fail on Compression ignition (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.14% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.12% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.083% fail on Emission control equipment (150% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.062% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.021% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (4 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.069% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.68% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.57% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.055% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.034% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.028% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.028% fail on Undertray
  • 9.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure (14% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Exhaust system
    • 3.7% fail on Transmission
      • 3.5% fail on Drive shafts
        • 3.4% fail on Joints
        • 0.12% fail on Drive shaft (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.0069% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.13% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.13% fail on Joints
    • 0.70% fail on Doors (32% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Other passenger's door (59% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Door condition (63% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
      • 0.10% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.090% fail on Door condition
        • 0.014% fail on Hinge
    • 0.58% fail on Body (37% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Panel (69% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Other body component
      • 0.014% fail on Body condition
    • 0.41% fail on Fuel system (37% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.055% fail on Pipe (68% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Hose
      • 0.028% fail on Tank (77% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on System
    • 0.40% fail on Integral vehicle structure (68% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (68% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Chassis (78% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Chassis condition (77% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Seats (44% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.069% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.13% fail on Undertray (180% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Bumpers (54% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Engine mounting (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Engine mounting condition (69% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Bracket
    • 0.041% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.041% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.034% fail on Floor (69% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Towbar (92% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Other towbar components
    • 0.0069% fail on Load security
      • 0.0069% fail on Loading door
    • 0.0069% fail on Cabs
      • 0.0069% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 7.7% fail on Tyres (24% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Tread depth (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition
    • 0.33% fail on Size/type
  • 7.5% fail on Visibility (8.3% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Wipers
    • 2.3% fail on Washers (33% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on View to rear (61% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Mirrors (61% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.0069% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.34% fail on Condition of glass (83% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Windscreen (88% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.14% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.6% fail on Steering (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Steering linkage components (32% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Track rod end (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.048% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.034% fail on Other components
        • 0.034% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.0069% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.0069% fail on Locking devices
    • 1.3% fail on Steering gear (35% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Steering rack (38% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Operation
    • 0.52% fail on Steering play (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Power steering
      • 0.19% fail on Other components
      • 0.12% fail on Operation
      • 0.069% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.034% fail on Pump
      • 0.034% fail on Rams
    • 0.028% fail on Steering column
    • 0.0069% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.0069% fail on Steering wheel
  • 5.3% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (20% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Seat belts (42% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Prescribed areas (52% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Condition
      • 0.096% fail on Requirements
      • 0.034% fail on Attachment
    • 0.21% fail on Airbags (190% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Drivers airbag (200% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 1.2% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.54% fail on Road Wheels (48% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Attachment (78% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Condition
  • 0.0069% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0069% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.0069% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0069% fail on Doors
      • 0.0069% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors

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