Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2013
79.6% pass rate
from 34,102 tests in 2017
(21% worse than other 2013 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 2013 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (81% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Registration plate lamp (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamps (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Headlamp (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.0088% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (6 times worse than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0059% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
        • 0.0029% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.018% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0088% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (83% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.0088% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0088% fail on Matched pair (5 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamp aim (62% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Stop lamp (35% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Position lamps (45% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Front lamps (57% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.018% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.25% fail on Direction indicators (37% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.25% fail on Flashing type (37% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Side repeaters (32% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.0088% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.0029% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.0029% fail on Switch
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.14% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.012% fail on Switch
      • 0.0088% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.041% fail on Horn (52% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Battery
    • 0.018% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.0029% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 5.0% fail on Driver's view of the road (18% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 3.3% fail on Wipers (12% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (40% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.30% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.056% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0059% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.0029% fail on Indirect vision devices
  • 4.7% fail on Tyres
    • 2.0% fail on Condition (15% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Tread depth (30% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (4 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.100% fail on Size/type
    • 0.018% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.0% fail on Brakes
    • 1.3% fail on Brake performance (87% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.91% fail on Rear wheels (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Front wheels (32% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.097% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.044% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.018% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.1% fail on Hub components (40% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Brake pads (42% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Brake discs (31% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.015% fail on Wheel cylinder (9 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0088% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.0029% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.57% fail on Parking brake (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.19% fail on Restricted movement (3 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Components (65% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.021% fail on Pipes
        • 0.0059% fail on Cylinders
        • 0.0029% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.023% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0029% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
      • 0.0029% fail on Operation
    • 0.021% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.015% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.012% fail on Lever (4 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Cable
    • 0.012% fail on ABS (71% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0029% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.0029% fail on Pedal
        • 0.0029% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.0029% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0029% fail on Components
        • 0.0029% fail on Servos
  • 1.5% fail on Suspension
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.088% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.018% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0088% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.091% fail on Coil springs (81% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Condition (87% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Location (160% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.062% fail on Suspension arms (74% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.062% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (73% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Condition
    • 0.056% fail on Drive shafts (74% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Front drive shafts (75% better than other 2013 cars)
        • 0.053% fail on Constant velocity joints (75% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.0029% fail on Drive shafts
    • 0.050% fail on Wheel bearings (55% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Rear
      • 0.023% fail on Front (63% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Front suspension joints (71% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Macpherson strut (70% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Condition (70% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.0059% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0059% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0059% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0029% fail on Component mounting
      • 0.0029% fail on Spring mounting
    • 0.0029% fail on General condition
    • 0.0029% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.0029% fail on Condition
    • 0.0029% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.0029% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0029% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.0029% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.0029% fail on Axles
      • 0.0029% fail on Axle beam
  • 0.38% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (43% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (73% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (82% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0059% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0029% fail on Seat belt pre-tensioner
    • 0.16% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.14% fail on Condition
      • 0.015% fail on Requirements
  • 0.36% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 0.18% fail on Fuel system (140% worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Cap (2 times worse than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.0029% fail on System
    • 0.11% fail on Emissions
    • 0.073% fail on Exhaust system (70% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.012% fail on Emissions not tested
  • 0.22% fail on Registration plates and VIN (31% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Registration plate (31% better than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.18% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.16% fail on Attachment (48% worse than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Condition (69% better than other 2013 cars)
  • 0.11% fail on Steering (54% better than other 2013 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Steering system (62% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Track rod end (80% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.015% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.012% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0088% fail on Free play
        • 0.0088% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0088% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0029% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.021% fail on Power steering
      • 0.015% fail on Electronic power steering
      • 0.0088% fail on Operation
    • 0.0059% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.0029% fail on Steering control
      • 0.0029% fail on Steering lock
    • 0.0029% fail on Locking devices
  • 0.097% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.053% fail on Body condition
    • 0.023% fail on Seats
      • 0.015% fail on Drivers
      • 0.0088% fail on Passengers
    • 0.015% fail on Doors (68% better than other 2013 cars)
      • 0.012% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.0029% fail on Passengers front
    • 0.0059% fail on Load security
      • 0.0029% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.0029% fail on Tailgate
Read the Honest John Review

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