Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2012
77.1% pass rate
from 33,461 tests in 2017
(9.5% 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 (58% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Registration plate lamp (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamps (190% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (69% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.015% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0030% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0030% fail on Switch
      • 0.0030% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (52% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Position lamps (29% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Front lamps (41% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.012% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.97% fail on Stop lamp (17% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.42% fail on Direction indicators (50% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Flashing type (50% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.34% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.075% fail on Individual lamps (81% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.018% fail on All direction indicators (74% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0030% fail on Switch
    • 0.18% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.17% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.0060% fail on Switch
      • 0.0030% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.072% fail on Horn
    • 0.045% fail on Battery
    • 0.018% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0030% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.0030% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.0030% fail on Lamp
  • 5.4% fail on Tyres
    • 2.3% fail on Condition (18% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Tread depth (23% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Size/type
    • 0.024% fail on Valve stem
  • 4.5% fail on Brakes (17% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Brake performance (120% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Rear wheels (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Parking brake performance (100% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.42% fail on Front wheels (26% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.096% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.021% fail on Brake operation
      • 0.0060% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.5% fail on Hub components (38% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Brake pads (40% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Brake discs (28% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.012% fail on Wheel cylinder (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0090% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.96% fail on Parking brake (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Condition (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Restricted movement (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Hydraulic systems (58% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Components (70% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Hoses
        • 0.015% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0030% fail on Pipes
      • 0.024% fail on Leaks
      • 0.018% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.0090% fail on Operation
    • 0.042% fail on ABS
    • 0.030% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.021% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.012% fail on Lever (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0060% fail on Cable
      • 0.0030% fail on Pivot
    • 0.0090% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0090% fail on Components (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0060% fail on Servos
        • 0.0030% fail on Pipes
    • 0.0030% fail on Additional braking devices
    • 0.0030% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.0030% fail on Pedal
        • 0.0030% fail on Condition
    • 0.0030% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.8% fail on Driver's view of the road (15% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (38% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Wipers (42% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Windscreen (29% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.045% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.018% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.6% fail on Suspension (27% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Coil springs (87% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Condition (89% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Location
    • 0.19% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.14% fail on Rear (120% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Front
    • 0.16% fail on Anti-roll bars (57% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints (52% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (75% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0030% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0030% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.11% fail on Suspension arms (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (80% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0030% fail on Attachment
    • 0.078% fail on Drive shafts (77% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.075% fail on Front drive shafts (77% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.072% fail on Constant velocity joints (78% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.0030% fail on Couplings
      • 0.0030% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.0030% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.042% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.042% fail on Condition
    • 0.033% fail on Front suspension joints (76% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Fluid suspension (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Suspension unit (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0090% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.0090% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0090% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0060% fail on Condition
      • 0.0030% fail on Attachment
    • 0.0030% fail on General condition
    • 0.0030% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.0030% fail on Condition
  • 0.72% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 0.31% fail on Fuel system (180% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Cap (130% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on System (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0060% fail on Pipe
    • 0.25% fail on Exhaust system (38% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Emissions
    • 0.039% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 0.36% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 0.19% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.17% fail on Condition
      • 0.0060% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0060% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0030% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.18% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.17% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • 0.0060% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.28% fail on Registration plates and VIN (26% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Registration plate (26% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.16% fail on Attachment
    • 0.018% fail on Condition (78% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.16% fail on Steering (60% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Steering system (68% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.036% fail on Track rod end (86% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Steering arm (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.024% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0060% fail on Free play
        • 0.0060% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0060% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.039% fail on Power steering
      • 0.027% fail on Operation (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0060% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0030% fail on Other components
    • 0.0090% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0060% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.0030% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0030% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.14% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.081% fail on Body condition
    • 0.021% fail on Doors (68% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.0060% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.021% fail on Seats
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers
      • 0.0090% fail on Drivers
    • 0.0090% fail on Vehicle structure (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.0090% fail on Chassis (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.0060% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.0060% fail on Body security
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.
  • Volkswagen Polo (2009 - 2017)
    Neatly styled and easy to drive. Room for five. Most come with full size spare. High quality interior. Double folding rear seats give flat load area. Frugal 1.2 TDI BlueMotion.

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