Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2011
71.1% pass rate
from 36,880 tests in 2017
(18% worse than other 2011 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 2011 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (75% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 9.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim (53% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp (120% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (78% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.014% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Switch
      • 0.0054% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0027% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.0027% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
    • 1.9% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.2% fail on Front lamps (26% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Rear lamps (92% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.1% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.1% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.98% fail on Side repeaters (100% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.087% fail on Individual lamps (82% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Tell tales (16 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0081% fail on All direction indicators (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0027% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.0027% fail on Switch
    • 0.75% fail on Stop lamp (54% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Rear fog lamp (32% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Fog lamp (34% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0081% fail on Switch
      • 0.0054% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Horn (47% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.068% fail on Battery
    • 0.0081% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0054% fail on Rear reflectors (87% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0054% fail on Hazard warning (86% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Switch (79% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0027% fail on Lamp
      • 0.0027% fail on Tell tale
  • 6.3% fail on Suspension (13% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.3% fail on Shock absorbers (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.72% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.63% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (29% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0081% fail on Linkage condition (73% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Condition
    • 0.62% fail on Suspension arms (34% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.61% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (33% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0027% fail on Condition
    • 0.40% fail on Coil springs (83% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Condition (84% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Location
    • 0.31% fail on Drive shafts (41% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.31% fail on Front drive shafts (41% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.31% fail on Constant velocity joints (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0027% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.0027% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.22% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.12% fail on Front
      • 0.10% fail on Rear
    • 0.076% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.076% fail on Condition
    • 0.062% fail on Front suspension joints (73% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.027% fail on Fluid suspension (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Suspension unit (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.019% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.019% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.014% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0054% fail on Condition
      • 0.0054% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0027% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.011% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.011% fail on Condition
    • 0.0054% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.0054% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0054% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 5.4% fail on Tyres (14% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Condition (18% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth (19% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.38% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (180% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Size/type
    • 0.043% fail on Valve stem
  • 5.3% fail on Brakes (16% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Brake performance (100% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Rear wheels (190% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake performance (120% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Front wheels (51% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.23% fail on Service brake performance (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.014% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.011% fail on Brake operation
    • 1.6% fail on Hub components (39% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Brake pads (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Brake discs (39% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Wheel cylinder (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.0027% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.0027% fail on Brake back plates
    • 1.2% fail on Parking brake (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Restricted movement (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Hydraulic systems (51% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.098% fail on Leaks (190% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.076% fail on Components (69% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.019% fail on Cylinders (7 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Hoses (72% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.0081% fail on Pipes (95% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp (64% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Operation
    • 0.049% fail on ABS (62% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.030% fail on Electronic stability system (62% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.016% fail on Service brake control components (77% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Pedal (77% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.011% fail on Condition
        • 0.0054% fail on Anti-slip (91% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.011% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.0054% fail on Lever
      • 0.0054% fail on Cable
    • 0.0027% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0027% fail on Components
        • 0.0027% fail on Servos
  • 3.3% fail on Driver's view of the road (28% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Washers
    • 1.4% fail on Wipers (48% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.060% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.030% fail on Bonnet
  • 1.6% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (84% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.82% fail on Exhaust system (48% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.61% fail on Fuel system (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on System (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Cap (82% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Pipe (150% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Emissions (50% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.076% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 0.42% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.27% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (40% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (43% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.014% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0027% fail on Passengers airbag
    • 0.16% fail on Seat belts (30% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Condition (29% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.0054% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0054% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0027% fail on Requirements
  • 0.31% fail on Registration plates and VIN (22% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.31% fail on Registration plate (22% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0027% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.30% fail on Steering (46% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Steering system (44% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Track rod end (62% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.068% fail on Steering arm (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.035% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.019% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.016% fail on Free play
        • 0.016% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0027% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.027% fail on Power steering
      • 0.0081% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0081% fail on Operation
      • 0.0054% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0027% fail on Rams
      • 0.0027% fail on Other components
    • 0.014% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0054% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.25% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
    • 0.038% fail on Condition (62% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0054% fail on Hubs (14 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.0027% fail on Halfshafts
  • 0.20% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.10% fail on Doors
      • 0.062% fail on Passengers other (94% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.014% fail on Drivers
    • 0.070% fail on Body condition
    • 0.022% fail on Seats
      • 0.011% fail on Passengers
      • 0.011% fail on Drivers
    • 0.0054% fail on Load security
      • 0.0054% fail on Tailgate
Read the Honest John Review

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