Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2008
63.2% pass rate
from 52,343 tests in 2020
(7.9% 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.

  • 12% fail on Suspension (17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Anti-roll bars (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (95% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover (78% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Linkage ball joints (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Ball joint (28% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.067% fail on Linkage (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.042% fail on Anti-roll bar (12% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins and bushes (85% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0019% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.1% fail on Springs (12% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Coil springs (12% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.1% fail on Coil spring (11% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Mounting (54% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Suspension arms (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Pins and bushes (51% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Suspension arm (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (19% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Shock absorbers (1.8% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Wheel bearings (38% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (55% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Other suspension component (31% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint dust cover (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint (80% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Pins and bushes (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (34% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.052% fail on Macpherson strut (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Macpherson strut (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Pins and bushes (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0019% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.038% fail on Suspension rods (36% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Ball joint dust cover (15% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Pins and bushes (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.023% fail on Sub-frames (93% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (46% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Ball joint (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Sub-frame
    • 0.0038% fail on Axles (98% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0038% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Suspension unit (20% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (24% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (18% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (14% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (56% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Direction indicators (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.8% fail on Flashing type (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Individual direction indicators (74% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on All direction indicators (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0019% fail on Switch
    • 2.5% fail on Stop lamp (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Headlamps (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Headlamp levelling device (9.2% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Matched pair
    • 1.2% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (47% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.26% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Switch (84% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Electrical equipment (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Battery(ies) (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Horn (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Electrical wiring (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Trailer electrical socket (67% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Rear reflectors (82% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.097% fail on Position lamps (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Position lamp (39% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.0096% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (54% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Main beam tell-tale
    • 0.0019% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0019% fail on Switch
    • 0.0019% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0019% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 8.9% fail on Brakes (9.6% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Brake performance (1.5% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Service brake performance (31% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Rbt (33% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance (41% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.45% fail on Service brake imbalance (10% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Plate brake tester (16% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.023% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (28% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance (25% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0076% fail on Decelerometer (50% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0076% fail on Service brake performance (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (28% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (25% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0057% fail on Plate brake tester (sp) (26% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (96% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.69% fail on Parking brake performance (30% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Rbt (31% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.59% fail on Parking brake performance (31% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.059% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (30% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0096% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (50% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester (24% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0096% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (37% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0076% fail on Parking brake performance (30% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0038% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0076% fail on Decelerometer (40% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0076% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (2.7% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (40% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Rbt (sp) (40% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake imbalance (39% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake performance (43% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Plate brake tester (sp) (42% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0038% fail on Service brake imbalance (37% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake performance not tested (37% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Mechanical brake components (7.6% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Brake linings and pads (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Brake pads (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Brake linings (7.0% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Brake discs and drums (25% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Brake discs (25% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0057% fail on Brake drums (48% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (21% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.073% fail on Cable (27% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on Lever (8.8% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0057% fail on Linkage (8.2% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Pivot (5.4% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Brake slack adjuster (54% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (71% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Anti-lock braking system (32% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Electronic stability control (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Electronic braking system (48% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.14% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (15% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (4.7% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (80% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Parking brake control (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Lever (69% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Electronic parking brake
    • 0.11% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Hand lever (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Pedal (74% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.094% fail on Flexible brake hoses (42% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.075% fail on Hydraulic systems (46% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.057% fail on Brake fluid (43% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Valves (22% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Servos (23% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.0019% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.061% fail on Rigid brake pipes (96% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.019% fail on Air and vacuum systems (14% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Servos (40% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Leaks (41% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0096% fail on Other components and prescribed areas (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on Other components (32% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 7.5% fail on Body, chassis, structure (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Transmission (99% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.0% fail on Drive shafts (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 5.0% fail on Joints (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Flexible couplings (170% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Drive shaft (17% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Prop shafts (76% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Joints (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Halfshafts
    • 1.4% fail on Exhaust system (40% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.66% fail on Doors (95% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Other passenger's door (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on Door condition (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0019% fail on Catch
      • 0.15% fail on Front passenger's door (50% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Door condition (52% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0019% fail on Catch
      • 0.019% fail on Driver's door (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Door condition (85% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Hinge (63% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0019% fail on Catch
    • 0.17% fail on Body (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.082% fail on Other body component (14% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Panel (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Mounting fixings (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Body condition (9.7% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Integral vehicle structure (24% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (15% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0019% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers (19% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Fuel system (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (72% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Tank (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Pipe (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Hose (0.19% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0096% fail on System (20% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Undertray (71% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Boot lid (32% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Boot lid condition (33% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Other boot lid component (27% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.023% fail on Chassis (71% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Chassis condition (71% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Engine mounting (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Engine mounting condition (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Bracket
    • 0.0076% fail on Load security (48% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Tailgate (1.9% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0038% fail on Tailgate condition (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Loading door
      • 0.0019% fail on Access panel
    • 0.0076% fail on Seats (93% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Driver's seat (91% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.0019% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 7.2% fail on Tyres (3.4% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Tread depth (3.8% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Condition (8.3% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type (47% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 5.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (5.2% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (8.8% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Compression ignition (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (4.0% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Emissions not tested (21% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.075% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (18% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Emission control equipment (49% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.013% fail on Catalytic converter (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.013% fail on Particulate filter (67% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0038% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0038% fail on Other emission control equipment (39% better than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0019% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.021% fail on On or after 01/01/2014 (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Spark ignition (42% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (29% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.66% fail on Catalyst emissions (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Emissions not tested (48% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.023% fail on Emission control equipment (7.7% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.019% fail on Catalytic converter (57% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0019% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0019% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.023% fail on Non catalyst emissions (25% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Fluid leaks (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Engine oil leaks (63% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Other leaks (42% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.036% fail on Noise suppression (24% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Undertray (8.7% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Sound deadening material (59% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 4.8% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (30% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (44% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Bonnet (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on View to rear (42% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Mirrors (45% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view (0.17% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Condition of glass (1.9% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen (0.051% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Window
  • 1.2% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (14% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.74% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (3.9% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Seat belts (34% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Prescribed areas (9.3% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Requirements (49% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Attachment (45% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.027% fail on Airbags (12% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Drivers airbag (9.4% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.49% fail on Steering (79% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Steering linkage components (86% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Track rod end (87% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Ball joint (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Drag link end (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Locking devices (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0019% fail on Rear wheel steering
        • 0.0019% fail on Components
    • 0.15% fail on Electronic power steering (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Steering gear (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Steering rack (82% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Operation
    • 0.027% fail on Steering play (65% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Steering rack (65% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0057% fail on Power steering (96% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0057% fail on Operation (92% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0038% fail on Steering wheel (59% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0019% fail on Steering column
  • 0.48% fail on Identification of the vehicle (6.2% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.48% fail on Registration plates (6.0% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Attachment (6.8% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.034% fail on Condition (76% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0019% fail on Hubs
  • 0.013% fail on Seat belt installation check (59% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0076% fail on Belt(s)/padding (67% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0057% fail on Anchorages (45% worse than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.0038% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (34% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0038% fail on Speedometer (25% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.0038% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0038% fail on Doors (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0038% fail on Emergency exits (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)

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