Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2010
63.8% pass rate
from 42,111 tests in 2020
(6.6% worse than other 2010 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 2010 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (18% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (140% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Headlamp aim (52% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim (52% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (49% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Headlamps (50% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Headlamp (56% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.081% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0095% fail on Dipswitch
    • 1.7% fail on Position lamps (18% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Position lamp (18% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.055% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.0% fail on Direction indicators (45% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Flashing type (45% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Side repeaters (30% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Individual direction indicators (85% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0095% fail on All direction indicators (90% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0047% fail on Switch
    • 0.64% fail on Stop lamp (79% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Reversing lamps (49% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Reversing lamps (43% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Reversing lamp switch (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Electrical equipment (24% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Horn (46% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.028% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.22% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (52% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Rear fog lamp (52% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rear fog lamp (53% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Switch
    • 0.012% fail on Rear reflectors (80% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.0071% fail on Hazard warning (80% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Switch (80% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.0047% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0047% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 13% fail on Suspension (20% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Shock absorbers (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (69% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (200% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Ball joint dust cover (190% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Linkage ball joints (55% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint (48% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.069% fail on Linkage (64% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (58% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.017% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0024% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.3% fail on Springs (40% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Coil springs (40% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Coil spring (40% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Mounting
    • 0.85% fail on Suspension arms (73% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Pins and bushes (47% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Ball joint (92% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.040% fail on Ball joint dust cover (86% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0095% fail on Suspension arm (74% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Wheel bearings (21% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.045% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.043% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.036% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0024% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.074% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.057% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.043% fail on Ball joint dust cover (130% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0047% fail on Suspension rod
      • 0.0024% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.040% fail on Other suspension component (80% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Ball joint (86% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0071% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0024% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0024% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.036% fail on Sub-frames (62% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.0095% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.0047% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0024% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.0095% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0095% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0024% fail on Axles
      • 0.0024% fail on Axle
  • 8.3% fail on Brakes (17% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Brake performance (60% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (120% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 2.9% fail on Rbt (sp) (130% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0095% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
        • 0.0024% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 2.4% fail on Service brake performance (43% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 2.4% fail on Rbt (44% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 2.1% fail on Service brake performance (51% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.41% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.0095% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (8 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.017% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
          • 0.0047% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.012% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.012% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.99% fail on Parking brake performance (63% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Rbt (61% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.80% fail on Parking brake performance (53% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (97% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.028% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.019% fail on Parking brake performance (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.0095% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.021% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.019% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.0024% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.93% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (110% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.93% fail on Rbt (sp) (120% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.75% fail on Service brake imbalance (120% worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance (100% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0024% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0024% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.062% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (38% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (42% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (42% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.70% fail on Brake discs and drums (31% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Brake discs (34% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.033% fail on Brake drums (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.066% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Cable (75% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0071% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0047% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 1.5% fail on Parking brake control (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.99% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Hand lever (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.074% fail on Pedal (42% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (180% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (6 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.052% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.26% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (33% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.13% fail on Anti-lock braking system (57% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.074% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.024% fail on Valves (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.012% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.057% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.024% fail on Rigid brake pipes (95% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.021% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.019% fail on Other components
      • 0.0024% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.0024% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.0071% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0024% fail on Operation
      • 0.0024% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0024% fail on Valves
    • 0.0047% fail on Hand operated control valves (5 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Condition (10 times worse than other 2010 cars)
  • 5.8% fail on Tyres (8.8% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 3.4% fail on Tread depth (8.3% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Condition (12% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type (42% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.0024% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 5.0% fail on Visibility
    • 3.0% fail on Wipers (27% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Washers (26% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Driver's view (47% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.10% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.095% fail on View to rear (33% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.093% fail on Mirrors (33% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0024% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.081% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (37% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Exhaust system (100% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.70% fail on Transmission (41% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Drive shafts (41% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.65% fail on Joints (42% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.026% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.026% fail on Joints
    • 0.46% fail on Fuel system (130% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on System (86% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0047% fail on Tank (83% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Hose
    • 0.13% fail on Integral vehicle structure (7 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition (11 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Doors
      • 0.066% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.052% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0095% fail on Catch (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.0047% fail on Hinge (10 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.031% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0024% fail on Pillar
        • 0.0024% fail on Catch
      • 0.017% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.014% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0024% fail on Catch
    • 0.081% fail on Body
      • 0.059% fail on Other body component
      • 0.021% fail on Panel
    • 0.074% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.052% fail on Seats
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.017% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.043% fail on Chassis (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Chassis condition (3 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.036% fail on Undertray
    • 0.021% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.021% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.019% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0095% fail on Engine mounting condition
      • 0.0095% fail on Bracket
    • 0.0047% fail on Cabs (5 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0047% fail on Prescribed areas (12 times worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.0024% fail on Load security
      • 0.0024% fail on Loading door
    • 0.0024% fail on Passenger compartment
  • 3.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 2.9% fail on Exhaust emissions (7.7% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Spark ignition (53% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 1.3% fail on Catalyst emissions (110% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.73% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.39% fail on Emissions not tested (120% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.012% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0095% fail on Oxygen sensor (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
          • 0.0024% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve
        • 0.0095% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.65% fail on Compression ignition (46% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.45% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.097% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.055% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (92% better than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo (140% worse than other 2010 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.012% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
        • 0.0071% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0071% fail on Particulate filter
    • 0.14% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.078% fail on Engine oil leaks (46% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.026% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (2 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.028% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.019% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.0095% fail on Undertray
  • 1.1% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (45% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Seat belts (110% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Condition (37% worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Prescribed areas (14 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Pre-tensioners (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0071% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0047% fail on Requirements
    • 0.34% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.021% fail on Airbags
      • 0.021% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.79% fail on Steering (57% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Steering linkage components (62% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Track rod end (71% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.083% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.040% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.033% fail on Steering arm (4 times worse than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0095% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0047% fail on Other components
        • 0.0047% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.088% fail on Power steering
      • 0.031% fail on Operation
      • 0.028% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.026% fail on Other components
      • 0.0047% fail on Rams
    • 0.066% fail on Steering play
      • 0.066% fail on Steering rack (66% worse than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on Steering gear (72% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.047% fail on Steering rack (71% better than other 2010 cars)
      • 0.0024% fail on Operation
    • 0.021% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.0024% fail on Steering column
  • 0.35% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.31% fail on Attachment
    • 0.045% fail on Condition (63% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 0.30% fail on Identification of the vehicle (28% better than other 2010 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Registration plates (28% better than other 2010 cars)
  • 0.0095% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0047% fail on Anchorages
    • 0.0047% fail on Belt(s)/padding
Read the Honest John Review

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