Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 1999
57.4% pass rate
from 3,856 tests in 2020
(5.3% better than other 1999 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 1999 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (13% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Stop lamp
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.078% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamps (60% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Headlamp (65% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 0.91% fail on Direction indicators (62% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Flashing type (62% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Individual direction indicators (59% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Side repeaters (77% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.88% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.54% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.29% fail on Horn
      • 0.052% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.49% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Rear fog lamp (66% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Rear fog lamp (68% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Switch
    • 0.10% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.10% fail on Switch
    • 0.10% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.10% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.052% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 12% fail on Suspension (27% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Wheel bearings (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Suspension arms (30% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.60% fail on Ball joint (74% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Ball joint dust cover (59% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.052% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.7% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (48% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.93% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.83% fail on Anti-roll bars (81% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage
      • 0.26% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (64% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.078% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.052% fail on Pins and bushes (88% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Linkage ball joints (96% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Springs (69% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Coil springs (66% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Coil spring (72% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Mounting
    • 0.62% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.26% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.23% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.16% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (64% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Axles
      • 0.41% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (160% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Other suspension component (62% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.052% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.078% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.026% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.026% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 10% fail on Brakes (27% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 6.2% fail on Brake performance (23% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (35% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 2.9% fail on Service brake imbalance (63% worse than other 1999 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.026% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance
        • 2.6% fail on Rbt
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.078% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.078% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 2.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (45% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 2.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (43% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.57% fail on Parking brake performance (62% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.57% fail on Rbt (61% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.49% fail on Parking brake performance (62% better than other 1999 cars)
          • 0.052% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.026% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.2% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.99% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.93% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.052% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.078% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.052% fail on Cable
        • 0.026% fail on Lever
    • 1.6% fail on Rigid brake pipes (54% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.60% fail on Lever
    • 0.57% fail on Hydraulic systems (110% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Brake fluid (150% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Valves
      • 0.026% fail on Servos
    • 0.52% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (65% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Anti-lock braking system (63% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Load sensing valves
    • 0.44% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.26% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.18% fail on Pedal
    • 0.44% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.31% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.29% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (190% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.078% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.078% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.052% fail on Park brake mechanism/associated mountings (6 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.052% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.026% fail on Leaks
      • 0.026% fail on Servos
  • 10% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (16% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 10% fail on Exhaust emissions (20% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 9.9% fail on Spark ignition (25% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 8.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (35% worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.18% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.10% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.052% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.052% fail on Other emission control equipment (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.078% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (89% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.16% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.10% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.052% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.052% fail on Catalytic converter
        • 0.052% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.052% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.026% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.23% fail on Fluid leaks (66% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Engine oil leaks (61% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.026% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.026% fail on Undertray
  • 8.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (23% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Exhaust system
    • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.78% fail on Transmission (77% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Drive shafts (79% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Joints (80% better than other 1999 cars)
        • 0.052% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.052% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.052% fail on Joints
      • 0.052% fail on Belts (5 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.60% fail on Doors
      • 0.21% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
      • 0.21% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.21% fail on Door condition
      • 0.18% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition
        • 0.026% fail on Catch
    • 0.49% fail on Chassis (63% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Chassis condition (62% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.31% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.052% fail on Pipe
      • 0.052% fail on System
      • 0.026% fail on Tank
      • 0.026% fail on Hose
    • 0.39% fail on Seats
      • 0.31% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.10% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.34% fail on Body
      • 0.23% fail on Panel
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.26% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.21% fail on Floor
    • 0.052% fail on Undertray
    • 0.026% fail on Load security
      • 0.026% fail on Access panel
    • 0.026% fail on Cabs
      • 0.026% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 7.8% fail on Tyres (36% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Tread depth (44% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Condition (31% worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Size/type
  • 7.0% fail on Visibility
    • 4.4% fail on Wipers
    • 2.4% fail on Washers (26% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on View to rear
      • 0.34% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.23% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.21% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.21% fail on Windscreen
  • 5.0% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 4.0% fail on Seat belts (29% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Prescribed areas (44% worse than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Condition
      • 0.10% fail on Requirements
    • 0.93% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (40% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Airbags
      • 0.078% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.052% fail on Passengers airbag (10 times worse than other 1999 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Steering (50% better than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Steering linkage components (61% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Track rod end (56% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Ball joint (79% better than other 1999 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.67% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.65% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.026% fail on Operation
    • 0.36% fail on Power steering
      • 0.18% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.13% fail on Other components
      • 0.078% fail on Operation
    • 0.078% fail on Steering column
    • 0.052% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.052% fail on Steering play
      • 0.052% fail on Steering rack
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.026% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.49% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.29% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 1999 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment
  • 0.052% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.052% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.052% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.026% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.026% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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