Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2008
63.9% pass rate
from 56,091 tests in 2020
(10.0% better than other 2008 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 2008 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (27% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Headlamp aim (18% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp aim (15% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (60% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Direction indicators (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Side repeaters (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Individual direction indicators (75% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on All direction indicators (72% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0036% fail on Switch
    • 2.6% fail on Stop lamp (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (47% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0089% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0018% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.6% fail on Position lamps (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Position lamp (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (46% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (55% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Rear fog lamp (55% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0071% fail on Switch (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Electrical equipment (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.071% fail on Battery(ies) (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Horn (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0089% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.077% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.0071% fail on Hazard warning (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Switch (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0053% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0053% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
      • 0.0018% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.0018% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0018% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 11% fail on Suspension (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (61% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Ball joint dust cover (38% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.60% fail on Linkage ball joints (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Ball joint (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Linkage (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.012% fail on Pins and bushes (88% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0036% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.7% fail on Springs (22% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Coil springs (22% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Coil spring (22% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Mounting
    • 2.0% fail on Shock absorbers (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Suspension arms (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Pins and bushes (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Ball joint dust cover (72% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Suspension arm (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.53% fail on Wheel bearings (31% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Other suspension component (61% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Ball joint dust cover (96% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Pins and bushes (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0018% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.084% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (75% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Macpherson strut (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Macpherson strut (52% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Pins and bushes (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Ball joint dust cover (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.032% fail on Suspension rods (44% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0071% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0053% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.0089% fail on Sub-frames (97% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0036% fail on Pins and bushes (95% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0018% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.0036% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (81% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0018% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0018% fail on Levelling valve
  • 8.2% fail on Brakes (13% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Brake performance (7.2% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.8% fail on Rbt (28% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance (39% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.39% fail on Service brake imbalance (18% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.020% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0089% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (30% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (27% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0053% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.0018% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.61% fail on Parking brake performance (34% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on Rbt (34% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.53% fail on Parking brake performance (32% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.046% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (48% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.012% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.014% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0071% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0053% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0018% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0053% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0036% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0018% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.30% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (43% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Rbt (sp) (43% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.24% fail on Service brake imbalance (46% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.086% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0071% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0071% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0018% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.068% fail on Brake performance not tested (50% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 3.1% fail on Brake linings and pads (20% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Brake pads (20% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.88% fail on Brake discs and drums (26% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.88% fail on Brake discs (25% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0018% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.091% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (33% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.045% fail on Cable (52% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Lever
        • 0.0071% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0053% fail on Brake slack adjuster
        • 0.0036% fail on Clevis joint (18 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0018% fail on Pivot
    • 1.2% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (71% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Anti-lock braking system (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.17% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.16% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.016% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (59% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Hand lever (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pedal (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.098% fail on Parking brake control (77% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Lever (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Electronic parking brake (94% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.093% fail on Flexible brake hoses (44% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.077% fail on Hydraulic systems (51% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.061% fail on Brake fluid (52% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0053% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0018% fail on Servos
      • 0.0018% fail on Valves
    • 0.048% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.014% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0071% fail on Servos
      • 0.0036% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up
      • 0.0036% fail on Leaks
    • 0.012% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.012% fail on Other components
    • 0.0018% fail on Low pressure warning
      • 0.0018% fail on Air and vacuum systems
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.3% fail on Condition (6.3% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Size/type (30% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 6.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Transmission (94% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Drive shafts (94% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Joints (94% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.027% fail on Flexible couplings (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0018% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.22% fail on Prop shafts (91% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Joints (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust system (43% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.55% fail on Doors (74% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Other passenger's door (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Door condition (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Front passenger's door (62% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition (62% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0053% fail on Catch
      • 0.014% fail on Driver's door (83% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Door condition (84% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0018% fail on Catch
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on System
      • 0.037% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pipe
      • 0.016% fail on Hose
      • 0.014% fail on Tank (70% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.086% fail on Other body component
      • 0.029% fail on Panel
      • 0.0018% fail on Body condition
      • 0.0018% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.094% fail on Bumpers (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Undertray (47% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.048% fail on Boot lid (96% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.012% fail on Other boot lid component (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.034% fail on Integral vehicle structure (64% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (59% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.018% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.0089% fail on Bracket
    • 0.021% fail on Chassis (66% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Chassis condition (65% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Seats (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Driver's seat (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Passenger's seat (93% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Load security (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Access panel (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0053% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0053% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0036% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0018% fail on Towbar condition
      • 0.0018% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.0018% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.0018% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 5.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Compression ignition (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.16% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.045% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.029% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.014% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0053% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0053% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
          • 0.0036% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.018% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.7% fail on Spark ignition (45% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (37% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.64% fail on Catalyst emissions (55% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Emissions not tested (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.018% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0018% fail on NOx sensor
        • 0.018% fail on Non catalyst emissions
    • 0.15% fail on Fluid leaks (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Engine oil leaks (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.0053% fail on Transmission oil leaks (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.052% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.034% fail on Undertray
      • 0.018% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 4.8% fail on Visibility (19% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Washers (33% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers (34% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Bonnet (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on View to rear (28% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Mirrors (28% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.13% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.13% fail on Windscreen
  • 0.97% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (23% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.36% fail on Seat belts (38% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Prescribed areas (29% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0089% fail on Requirements
    • 0.029% fail on Airbags
      • 0.023% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0053% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.48% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.47% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0018% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels (27% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.062% fail on Condition (59% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.37% fail on Steering (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Steering linkage components (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0053% fail on Drag link end (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0018% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0018% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.12% fail on Electronic power steering (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Steering gear (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Steering rack (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Operation
    • 0.012% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.012% fail on Steering play (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0036% fail on Power steering (97% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0036% fail on Operation (94% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.011% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0089% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.0018% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.0053% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0053% fail on Doors
      • 0.0053% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.0018% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.0018% fail on Speedometer

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