Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2000
51.2% pass rate
from 9,121 tests in 2020
(4.1% 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 Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 23% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (24% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 8.7% fail on Headlamps (94% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Headlamp (87% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.00% fail on Headlamp levelling device (200% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.011% fail on Matched pair
    • 6.4% fail on Headlamp aim (49% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Headlamp aim (46% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.8% fail on Stop lamp (17% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 3.2% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.3% fail on Direction indicators
      • 2.3% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.3% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 1.0% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.13% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.066% fail on Switch (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.011% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Electrical equipment (34% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Horn
      • 0.56% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.32% fail on Electrical wiring (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (43% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.77% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (47% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.77% fail on Rear fog lamp (47% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.77% fail on Rear fog lamp (46% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Switch
    • 0.077% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.077% fail on Switch
    • 0.077% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.044% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.033% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 16% fail on Brakes (7.5% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 7.9% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.5% fail on Service brake performance (39% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Rbt (40% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 3.5% fail on Service brake performance (36% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake imbalance (53% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.055% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.055% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.033% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.033% fail on Service brake performance
      • 3.4% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.011% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.0% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (20% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (19% better than other 2000 cars)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.60% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 1.6% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt
          • 1.3% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.16% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.099% fail on Plate brake tester (160% worse than other 2000 cars)
          • 0.044% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.044% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.011% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.18% fail on Brake performance not tested (48% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Anti-lock braking system (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Electronic stability control (49% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (24% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (24% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Brake linings
      • 1.3% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 1.3% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.044% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.23% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.16% fail on Cable
        • 0.055% fail on Lever
        • 0.011% fail on Relay lever
    • 1.7% fail on Rigid brake pipes (51% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.87% fail on Parking brake control (73% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Lever (74% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.34% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal
    • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.20% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.099% fail on Valves
      • 0.022% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.022% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.32% fail on Air and vacuum systems (3 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Leaks (7 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Servos
      • 0.022% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (10 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Valves
    • 0.32% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.30% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.21% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (91% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.033% fail on Load sensing valves (92% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.033% fail on Other components
  • 14% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (41% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 13% fail on Exhaust emissions (44% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 13% fail on Spark ignition (50% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 8.4% fail on Catalyst emissions (45% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 3.6% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (74% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Emissions not tested (56% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.033% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.033% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.72% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.30% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (97% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.055% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (83% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.033% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.011% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.044% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.044% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.79% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.62% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.077% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.066% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.055% fail on Other leaks
  • 13% fail on Suspension (27% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Suspension arms (28% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes (25% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.71% fail on Ball joint (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Ball joint dust cover (52% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.099% fail on Suspension arm (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 3.3% fail on Anti-roll bars (28% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (130% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Linkage
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.12% fail on Linkage ball joints (90% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint (88% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover (95% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 2.5% fail on Springs
      • 2.5% fail on Coil springs
        • 2.4% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.16% fail on Mounting (190% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 2.0% fail on Wheel bearings (27% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers (31% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.50% fail on Sub-frame (82% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (54% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.64% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (86% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.44% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.25% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (150% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.044% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.22% fail on Other suspension component (59% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint (61% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.033% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes (78% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.055% fail on Axles (71% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (76% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Axle
    • 0.033% fail on Suspension rods (76% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.011% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 10% fail on Body, chassis, structure (9.0% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 6.3% fail on Exhaust system (58% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Transmission (45% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Drive shafts (44% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Joints (47% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Drive shaft (2 times worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.066% fail on Prop shafts (71% better than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Joints (65% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Belts
    • 0.66% fail on Seats (98% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.59% fail on Driver's seat (170% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.64% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.50% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on System
      • 0.055% fail on Pipe (68% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Tank
    • 0.64% fail on Doors
      • 0.30% fail on Front passenger's door (110% worse than other 2000 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Door condition (120% worse than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.23% fail on Door condition
      • 0.13% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.13% fail on Door condition
    • 0.38% fail on Body
      • 0.19% fail on Panel
      • 0.18% fail on Other body component
      • 0.022% fail on Body condition
    • 0.32% fail on Integral vehicle structure (75% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (79% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.055% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.14% fail on Chassis (87% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Chassis condition (87% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Bumpers (71% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.033% fail on Bracket
      • 0.011% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.022% fail on Floor (80% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Undertray
  • 9.5% fail on Visibility (16% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Wipers (19% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Washers
    • 0.48% fail on View to rear
      • 0.48% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.25% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.19% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.19% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.066% fail on Bonnet
  • 7.6% fail on Tyres (23% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Tread depth (26% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Condition (24% worse than other 2000 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Size/type
  • 3.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (24% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 1.4% fail on Seat belts (50% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.88% fail on Prescribed areas (61% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Condition
      • 0.099% fail on Requirements
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment
    • 0.11% fail on Airbags
      • 0.088% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.022% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 2.6% fail on Steering (38% better than other 2000 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Steering linkage components (32% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Track rod end (24% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint (81% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.011% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.011% fail on Other components
        • 0.011% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.37% fail on Steering gear (62% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Steering rack (66% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on Operation
    • 0.33% fail on Power steering
      • 0.21% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.077% fail on Operation
      • 0.044% fail on Other components (72% better than other 2000 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Pump
      • 0.011% fail on Rams
    • 0.066% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.044% fail on Steering play
      • 0.044% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.011% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.011% fail on Universal joint
  • 1.1% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 1.1% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.37% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
    • 0.18% fail on Condition
  • 0.066% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.066% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.022% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.011% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.011% fail on Belt(s)/padding
  • 0.011% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.011% fail on Doors
      • 0.011% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors
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