Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2014
85.3% pass rate
from 38,869 tests in 2017
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 2014 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 7.5% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (49% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Registration plate lamp (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 2.0% fail on Headlamps (190% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Headlamp (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0051% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (91% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.0051% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.0026% fail on Headlamp levelling device
        • 0.0026% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.0026% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0026% fail on Dipswitch
    • 0.34% fail on Stop lamp (43% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Direction indicators
      • 0.29% fail on Flashing type
        • 0.25% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.036% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.0026% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.19% fail on Position lamps (62% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Front lamps (61% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.046% fail on Rear lamps (62% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.19% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.19% fail on Fog lamp
      • 0.0077% fail on Tell tale
      • 0.0026% fail on Switch
    • 0.082% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.049% fail on Battery (120% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Horn
  • 3.8% fail on Tyres (19% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Condition (23% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth (33% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (18% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.090% fail on Size/type (59% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.0051% fail on Valve stem
  • 3.3% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 1.7% fail on Wipers (21% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Washers (53% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.33% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.057% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.0026% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.0026% fail on Bonnet
  • 2.2% fail on Brakes
    • 1.0% fail on Brake performance (96% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Rear wheels (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Front wheels (120% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.051% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.010% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.0077% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.68% fail on Hub components (54% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Brake pads (55% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Brake discs (47% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.010% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.0026% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.54% fail on Parking brake (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Condition (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Restricted movement (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.028% fail on Hydraulic systems (70% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Components (80% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Pipes
        • 0.0051% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.0026% fail on Hoses
      • 0.010% fail on Leaks
      • 0.0051% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 0.015% fail on ABS
    • 0.013% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.013% fail on Lever (6 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.010% fail on Electronic stability system
    • 0.0051% fail on Service brake control components (92% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0051% fail on Pedal (92% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0051% fail on Anti-slip (91% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.0026% fail on Hand operated control valves
      • 0.0026% fail on Attachment
  • 0.53% fail on Suspension (41% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.26% fail on Condition
    • 0.077% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.044% fail on Rear
      • 0.033% fail on Front
    • 0.059% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.051% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0026% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.0026% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0026% fail on Linkage condition
    • 0.044% fail on Drive shafts (75% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Front drive shafts (74% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.044% fail on Constant velocity joints (74% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Coil springs (65% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Location (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Condition (88% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.033% fail on Suspension arms (76% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (75% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on Condition
    • 0.018% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.013% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.013% fail on Condition
    • 0.0026% fail on Fluid suspension
      • 0.0026% fail on Suspension unit
    • 0.0026% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0026% fail on Attachment
  • 0.34% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (31% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Supplementary restraint systems (110% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp (120% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0077% fail on Drivers airbag
    • 0.14% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.13% fail on Condition
      • 0.0051% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0026% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 0.25% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (87% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Cap (140% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on Hose
      • 0.0026% fail on System
    • 0.093% fail on Emissions
    • 0.021% fail on Emissions not tested
    • 0.015% fail on Exhaust system (88% better than other 2014 cars)
  • 0.23% fail on Registration plates and VIN (23% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Registration plate (23% better than other 2014 cars)
  • 0.11% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 0.059% fail on Body condition
    • 0.028% fail on Seats
      • 0.015% fail on Drivers
      • 0.013% fail on Passengers
    • 0.018% fail on Doors
      • 0.010% fail on Passengers front
      • 0.0051% fail on Passengers other
      • 0.0026% fail on Drivers
    • 0.0026% fail on Engine mountings
  • 0.098% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.080% fail on Attachment
    • 0.018% fail on Condition (63% better than other 2014 cars)
  • 0.072% fail on Steering (42% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.051% fail on Steering system (49% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.021% fail on Steering arm (4 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Track rod end (65% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0077% fail on Steering rack (78% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0026% fail on Free play
        • 0.0026% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.0026% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.018% fail on Power steering
      • 0.015% fail on Electronic power steering (7 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0051% fail on Operation
      • 0.0026% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.0026% fail on Locking devices
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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