Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2008
58.1% pass rate
from 31,919 tests in 2020
(5.1% worse 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 Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 17% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (9.3% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Direction indicators (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 5.7% fail on Flashing type (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Side repeaters (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (30% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on All direction indicators
    • 3.9% fail on Stop lamp (6.9% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.34% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 3.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.37% fail on Headlamp levelling device (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.2% fail on Position lamps (25% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp (25% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.8% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (26% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.47% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.46% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.013% fail on Switch
      • 0.0031% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0031% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.24% fail on Electrical equipment (58% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Electrical wiring (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Horn (78% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Battery(ies) (62% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.031% fail on Reversing lamps (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Reversing lamps (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.013% fail on Rear reflectors (78% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0063% fail on Main beam tell-tale
      • 0.0063% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.0094% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0094% fail on Switch
    • 0.0063% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0063% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 13% fail on Suspension (5.3% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.6% fail on Anti-roll bars (43% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (160% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Ball joint dust cover (150% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Linkage ball joints (56% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Ball joint (53% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Linkage (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Pins and bushes (68% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0094% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.0% fail on Suspension arms (8.2% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Pins and bushes (52% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Ball joint (83% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Ball joint dust cover (41% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Springs (31% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Coil springs (30% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Coil spring (30% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers (36% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.79% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.091% fail on Other suspension component (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pins and bushes (50% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0094% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0094% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.060% fail on Macpherson strut (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0094% fail on Macpherson strut (79% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.044% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.031% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0063% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0031% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0031% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.041% fail on Sub-frames (84% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0094% fail on Sub-frame (91% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (88% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.0031% fail on Axles
      • 0.0031% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
  • 10% fail on Brakes (8.5% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 7.0% fail on Brake performance (55% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (85% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (94% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.0094% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (90% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (48% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (49% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 2.8% fail on Service brake performance (51% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.65% fail on Service brake imbalance (35% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.0063% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.047% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.034% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.7% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Rbt (sp) (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.4% fail on Service brake imbalance (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.47% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0031% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake performance (33% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (33% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 1.00% fail on Parking brake performance (26% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (81% worse than other 2008 cars)
          • 0.034% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (130% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.019% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0031% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0094% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0063% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0031% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.063% fail on Brake performance not tested (53% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Parking brake control (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Hand lever (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Pedal
    • 1.3% fail on Mechanical brake components (62% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Brake linings and pads (69% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.76% fail on Brake pads (70% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.50% fail on Brake discs and drums (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Brake discs (60% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Brake drums (180% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.069% fail on Cable
        • 0.060% fail on Lever (88% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Brake slack adjuster (6 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0094% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0031% fail on Rod
        • 0.0031% fail on Relay lever
    • 0.31% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (90% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (72% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (57% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Anti-lock braking system (46% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0063% fail on Electronic braking system
      • 0.0063% fail on Electronic stability control (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Hydraulic systems (59% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.038% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.031% fail on Valves (3 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0094% fail on Servos
      • 0.0063% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.14% fail on Air and vacuum systems (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Leaks (8 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Servos (200% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0094% fail on Pressure/vacuum build up (5 times worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Valves
    • 0.060% fail on Flexible brake hoses (64% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.038% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.013% fail on Other components
  • 8.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (49% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Transmission (55% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Drive shafts (55% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 3.7% fail on Joints (56% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0094% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.16% fail on Prop shafts (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Joints (69% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Belts
    • 3.9% fail on Exhaust system (83% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Doors
      • 0.29% fail on Other passenger's door (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.29% fail on Door condition (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0031% fail on Hinge
      • 0.047% fail on Front passenger's door (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.041% fail on Door condition (58% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0031% fail on Pillar
        • 0.0031% fail on Hinge
      • 0.019% fail on Driver's door (78% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.016% fail on Door condition (80% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0031% fail on Hinge
    • 0.22% fail on Body (69% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Other body component (82% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Panel
      • 0.013% fail on Body condition
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system (40% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.066% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.056% fail on System
      • 0.025% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0063% fail on Hose
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.066% fail on Seats (44% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.031% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.053% fail on Undertray
    • 0.031% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.019% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.013% fail on Bracket
    • 0.025% fail on Integral vehicle structure (74% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (73% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0031% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.016% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.013% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0031% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0031% fail on Load security
      • 0.0031% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0031% fail on Tailgate condition
  • 6.9% fail on Tyres
    • 4.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 3.0% fail on Condition
    • 0.18% fail on Size/type
  • 6.9% fail on Visibility (16% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 3.9% fail on Washers (36% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Wipers
    • 0.41% fail on View to rear (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Mirrors (110% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.0031% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.18% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.12% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.094% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.088% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0094% fail on Window
  • 5.9% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (16% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (21% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Spark ignition (58% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Catalyst emissions (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.72% fail on Emissions not tested (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.034% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.016% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0094% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0031% fail on Oxygen sensor
          • 0.0031% fail on Other emission control equipment
      • 1.0% fail on Compression ignition (42% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.33% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (41% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.25% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (53% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo (54% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (140% worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Emissions not tested (48% better than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.031% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0063% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0031% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0031% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
    • 0.14% fail on Fluid leaks (59% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Engine oil leaks (70% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.034% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0031% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.019% fail on Undertray
      • 0.0094% fail on Sound deadening material
  • 2.2% fail on Steering
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (18% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Track rod end (22% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.041% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.019% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.019% fail on Other components
        • 0.016% fail on Steering linkage (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
        • 0.0031% fail on Steering component
      • 0.0094% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0031% fail on Intermediate drop arm
    • 0.32% fail on Power steering (120% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Other components (190% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Operation (100% worse than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.041% fail on Rams (4 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.29% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0031% fail on Operation
    • 0.13% fail on Electronic power steering (2 times worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Steering play
      • 0.10% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0063% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.0031% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0031% fail on Flexible coupling
    • 0.0031% fail on Steering lock
  • 1.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.97% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (44% worse than other 2008 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Seat belts (35% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Condition (30% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.085% fail on Prescribed areas (51% better than other 2008 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0094% fail on Attachment
    • 0.056% fail on Airbags
      • 0.050% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0063% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.47% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.47% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.47% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.43% fail on Attachment
    • 0.044% fail on Condition (71% better than other 2008 cars)
  • 0.0094% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0094% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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