Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2012
70.8% pass rate
from 39,406 tests in 2020
(9.3% worse than other 2012 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 2012 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (47% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Headlamps (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.8% fail on Headlamp (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.015% fail on Dipswitch (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0051% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (93% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Matched pair
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamp aim (74% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (69% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (26% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.00% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.041% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.51% fail on Direction indicators (61% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Flashing type (61% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.40% fail on Side repeaters (27% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.10% fail on Individual direction indicators (86% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Switch
        • 0.0025% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.27% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.26% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.26% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.0076% fail on Switch
      • 0.0051% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0025% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0025% fail on Front fog lamp switch
    • 0.21% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.20% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0076% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.15% fail on Electrical equipment (32% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.058% fail on Horn (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0025% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.028% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.020% fail on Main beam tell-tale (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.0076% fail on Rear reflectors (84% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0025% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0025% fail on Switch
  • 7.1% fail on Brakes (34% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Brake performance (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Rbt (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 3.0% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.36% fail on Service brake imbalance (61% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.018% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.013% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake performance
      • 1.5% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Rbt (sp) (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0076% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (79% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0025% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.63% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.62% fail on Rbt (sp) (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.43% fail on Service brake imbalance (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.25% fail on Service brake performance (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.010% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.0025% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 0.44% fail on Parking brake performance (50% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.42% fail on Rbt (50% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.31% fail on Parking brake performance (28% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.076% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.028% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.010% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0076% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0025% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0051% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0025% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.0025% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 0.074% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.0% fail on Mechanical brake components (35% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (38% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (38% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.010% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.52% fail on Brake discs and drums (34% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Brake discs (36% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.015% fail on Brake drums (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (87% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.061% fail on Lever (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Brake slack adjuster (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0025% fail on Rod
        • 0.0025% fail on Cable
        • 0.0025% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0025% fail on Relay lever
    • 1.0% fail on Parking brake control (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.76% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.74% fail on Hand lever (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.030% fail on Pedal (58% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (100% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (72% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.086% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.066% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.010% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.010% fail on Valves (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Master cylinder
    • 0.086% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (60% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Electronic stability control (51% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Anti-lock braking system (67% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Rigid brake pipes (93% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0076% fail on Flexible brake hoses (89% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0051% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0051% fail on Leaks
    • 0.0051% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0051% fail on Other components
  • 5.1% fail on Visibility (22% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Wipers (14% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Washers (37% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.079% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.079% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.069% fail on View to rear
      • 0.069% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.028% fail on Bonnet
  • 5.1% fail on Suspension (22% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Shock absorbers (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.86% fail on Suspension arms (57% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.10% fail on Ball joint (89% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Ball joint dust cover (96% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0025% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.59% fail on Anti-roll bars (36% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (55% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.096% fail on Linkage ball joints (76% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.023% fail on Ball joint (79% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Linkage (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0051% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (81% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Anti-roll bar
    • 0.56% fail on Springs (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Coil springs (80% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.56% fail on Coil spring (80% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Mounting
    • 0.41% fail on Wheel bearings (71% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Macpherson strut (53% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.010% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0076% fail on Macpherson strut
    • 0.028% fail on Other suspension component (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0076% fail on Ball joint (87% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0025% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0025% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.018% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0051% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.0051% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0051% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0025% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.015% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.015% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0025% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.010% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0025% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0025% fail on Suspension unit
  • 4.6% fail on Tyres (18% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Tread depth (21% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Condition (19% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.071% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 2.0% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (37% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (39% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Spark ignition (66% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.92% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (86% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.39% fail on Catalyst emissions (38% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested (69% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Non catalyst emissions (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0051% fail on Catalytic converter
      • 0.52% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.48% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (61% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (90% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.013% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.0025% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0025% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.0025% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.0025% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 0.11% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.063% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.033% fail on Other leaks (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0025% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.015% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.015% fail on Undertray
  • 1.6% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 0.90% fail on Exhaust system (43% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Transmission (69% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Drive shafts (70% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Joints (72% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0025% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.013% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.013% fail on Joints
      • 0.0051% fail on Belts
    • 0.20% fail on Fuel system (66% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.069% fail on System (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0051% fail on Tank
      • 0.0025% fail on Hose
    • 0.086% fail on Doors
      • 0.048% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.046% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0025% fail on Catch
      • 0.025% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.025% fail on Door condition
      • 0.013% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.0076% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0051% fail on Hinge
    • 0.084% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.043% fail on Body
      • 0.033% fail on Other body component
      • 0.0076% fail on Panel
      • 0.0025% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.043% fail on Seats
      • 0.033% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.010% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 0.028% fail on Undertray
    • 0.015% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.013% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0025% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.0076% fail on Chassis
      • 0.0076% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.0051% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0025% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0025% fail on Strengthening plate
      • 0.0025% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
  • 0.56% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.31% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.24% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.23% fail on Condition
      • 0.0025% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0025% fail on Attachment
    • 0.018% fail on Airbags
      • 0.018% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.35% fail on Steering (63% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Steering linkage components (73% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Track rod end (81% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.023% fail on Steering arm (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0076% fail on Other components
        • 0.0051% fail on Steering component
        • 0.0025% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.041% fail on Electronic power steering
    • 0.038% fail on Steering play (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Steering rack (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Power steering
      • 0.018% fail on Operation
      • 0.013% fail on Other components
      • 0.0051% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0025% fail on Rams
    • 0.028% fail on Steering gear (59% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Steering rack (72% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0076% fail on Operation
      • 0.0025% fail on Steering box
    • 0.0025% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.0025% fail on Flexible coupling
  • 0.30% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.020% fail on Condition (78% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.28% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.28% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.0025% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.0051% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0051% fail on Belt(s)/padding
Read the Honest John Review

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    Vastly improved from 2015. Snappy manual gearbox. Fun handling. Easy to live with. Three or five-door.
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