Volkswagen Passat MOT Results

Registered in 2012
79.9% pass rate
from 16,262 tests in 2017
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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Passat is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.9% fail on Tyres (42% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Condition (31% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Tread depth (30% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
    • 0.018% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.2% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (35% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 0.82% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.82% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.65% fail on Side repeaters (65% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Individual lamps (60% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0061% fail on Switch
    • 0.76% fail on Position lamps (48% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Front lamps (59% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Rear lamps
    • 0.55% fail on Headlamps (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Headlamp (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.012% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0061% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.012% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.0061% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0061% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 0.48% fail on Registration plate lamp (74% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Stop lamp (77% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.15% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.11% fail on Horn
    • 0.025% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.018% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.012% fail on Battery
    • 0.0061% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0061% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 3.8% fail on Suspension
    • 1.3% fail on Suspension arms (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Attachment (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Anti-roll bars (52% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.46% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (60% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.018% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.55% fail on Coil springs (66% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.55% fail on Condition (65% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Drive shafts
      • 0.23% fail on Front drive shafts
        • 0.23% fail on Constant velocity joints
    • 0.20% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.092% fail on Rear
      • 0.043% fail on Front
    • 0.055% fail on Bonded suspension (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Condition (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.012% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.012% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.012% fail on Condition
    • 0.012% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.012% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0061% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0061% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0061% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.0061% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
  • 3.4% fail on Brakes (13% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Hub components (25% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (34% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Brake discs (46% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Brake linings
    • 1.0% fail on ABS (11 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.57% fail on Brake performance (50% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Front wheels
      • 0.14% fail on Rear wheels (73% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Parking brake performance (62% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.049% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.025% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.49% fail on Electronic stability system (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Parking brake (70% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Electronic parking brake (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Condition (93% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.074% fail on Hydraulic systems (65% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Components (63% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.049% fail on Hoses
        • 0.0061% fail on Pipes
      • 0.012% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.0061% fail on Leaks
    • 0.0061% fail on Restricted movement
  • 3.2% fail on Driver's view of the road (27% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers (25% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.50% fail on Washers (62% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Windscreen (54% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Bonnet (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.8% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Drivers airbag (10 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.031% fail on Passengers airbag (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.092% fail on Condition
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0061% fail on Requirements
  • 0.50% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 0.50% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.43% fail on Steering
    • 0.37% fail on Power steering (10 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Electronic power steering (25 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.055% fail on Steering system (84% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Track rod end (90% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0061% fail on Free play
        • 0.0061% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0061% fail on Steering operation
  • 0.20% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.16% fail on Attachment
    • 0.043% fail on Condition
  • 0.19% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.092% fail on Body condition
    • 0.043% fail on Load security (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Tailgate (17 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0061% fail on Access panel
    • 0.025% fail on Doors
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.0061% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0061% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.025% fail on Seats
      • 0.018% fail on Passengers
      • 0.0061% fail on Drivers
    • 0.0061% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.0061% fail on Body security
  • 0.12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (82% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.031% fail on Exhaust system (92% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Fuel system (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Cap (76% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0061% fail on Hose
      • 0.0061% fail on System
    • 0.0061% fail on Emissions
Read the Honest John Review

  • Volkswagen Passat (2011 - 2015)
    Very comfortable and refined. Good ride quality on broken surfaces. Wide range of engines including excellent TSI petrols, BlueMotion CO2 figure now 109g/km.
  • Volkswagen Passat CC (2008 - 2012)
    Very good looking, stylish alternative to the standard Passat. Coupe looks with plenty of rear passenger space. Quality improvements.

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