Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

Registered in 2014
77.5% pass rate
from 45,635 tests in 2020
(19% worse than other 2014 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 2014 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 8.6% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (52% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps (140% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 3.0% fail on Headlamp (150% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.028% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.011% fail on Dipswitch (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0044% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (93% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (41% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim (35% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (130% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.56% fail on Stop lamp (52% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.27% fail on Direction indicators (31% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Flashing type (31% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Side repeaters (25% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Individual direction indicators (43% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0022% fail on All direction indicators
    • 0.27% fail on Position lamps (40% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Position lamp (41% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0088% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.0022% fail on Switch
    • 0.20% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.20% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.20% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.0066% fail on Switch
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.077% fail on Horn (38% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.039% fail on Battery(ies)
      • 0.0044% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 0.10% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.099% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.0022% fail on Reversing lamp switch
    • 0.068% fail on Rear reflectors (78% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.0022% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.0022% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0022% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 6.5% fail on Visibility (58% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Wipers (64% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Washers (53% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view (84% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass (72% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Windscreen (71% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Window
    • 0.064% fail on View to rear
      • 0.061% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0022% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.020% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.7% fail on Brakes (34% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Brake performance (160% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 1.8% fail on Service brake performance (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.23% fail on Service brake imbalance (99% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0066% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0066% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0044% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.0044% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.47% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (73% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Rbt (sp) (83% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (140% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Rbt (sp) (150% worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.042% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.22% fail on Parking brake performance (68% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Rbt (64% worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.16% fail on Parking brake performance (53% worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.035% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (150% worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.0088% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.011% fail on Decelerometer (5 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.0088% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles) (11 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.0022% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.0044% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0044% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.035% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.9% fail on Mechanical brake components (23% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Brake linings and pads (30% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 1.5% fail on Brake pads (31% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.020% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.53% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.53% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.0022% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.061% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (200% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.050% fail on Lever (5 times worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0044% fail on Cable
        • 0.0044% fail on Brake slack adjuster
        • 0.0022% fail on Rod
    • 0.65% fail on Parking brake control (4 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Lever (5 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Hand lever (5 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0088% fail on Pedal (83% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.050% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (47% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.022% fail on Electronic stability control (62% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.035% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.028% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.0044% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.0022% fail on Valves
    • 0.033% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.020% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (3 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
    • 0.024% fail on Flexible brake hoses
    • 0.015% fail on Rigid brake pipes (67% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.0044% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0044% fail on Other components
    • 0.0022% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0022% fail on Leaks
  • 4.0% fail on Tyres (10% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Tread depth (15% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Condition
    • 0.090% fail on Tyre pressure monitoring system (120% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.083% fail on Size/type
  • 1.6% fail on Suspension (31% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.63% fail on Shock absorbers (53% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Suspension arms (33% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.39% fail on Pins and bushes (27% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.072% fail on Ball joint (78% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0066% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0044% fail on Ball joint dust cover (93% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.090% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (76% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint dust cover (90% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.033% fail on Linkage ball joints (52% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0066% fail on Linkage
      • 0.0022% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.0022% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.17% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.092% fail on Springs (89% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.092% fail on Coil springs (89% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.092% fail on Coil spring (89% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.020% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.011% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0066% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.0022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.020% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.011% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0044% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0022% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.015% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.0066% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0066% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0022% fail on Suspension rod
    • 0.0022% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.0022% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.0022% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0022% fail on Other components
  • 1.3% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (46% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Exhaust emissions (48% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Spark ignition (170% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.96% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Catalyst emissions (53% worse than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.035% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.0044% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.0044% fail on NOx sensor (18 times worse than other 2014 cars)
          • 0.0022% fail on Oxygen sensor
        • 0.0044% fail on Non catalyst emissions
      • 0.17% fail on Compression ignition (64% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.011% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.0044% fail on On or after 01/01/2014 (98% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.0022% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 0.044% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.020% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.015% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.0066% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
      • 0.0022% fail on Transmission oil leaks
    • 0.0044% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.0044% fail on Undertray
  • 0.53% fail on Body, chassis, structure (43% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Fuel system (150% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0044% fail on Pipe
      • 0.0022% fail on System
    • 0.12% fail on Exhaust system (56% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.096% fail on Transmission (76% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.094% fail on Drive shafts (75% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.081% fail on Joints (78% better than other 2014 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Drive shaft (4 times worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Halfshafts
    • 0.046% fail on Body
      • 0.033% fail on Other body component
      • 0.013% fail on Panel
    • 0.042% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.026% fail on Doors (57% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.018% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.013% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0022% fail on Catch
        • 0.0022% fail on Hinge
      • 0.0066% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.0066% fail on Door condition
      • 0.0022% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.0022% fail on Hinge
    • 0.026% fail on Seats
      • 0.026% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.0044% fail on Chassis
      • 0.0044% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.0022% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.0022% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.0022% fail on Sub-frame condition
    • 0.0022% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.0022% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.0022% fail on Undertray
  • 0.45% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (44% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (64% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.21% fail on Condition (36% worse than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0022% fail on Pre-tensioners
    • 0.0066% fail on Airbags
      • 0.0044% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.0022% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.24% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment (40% worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.026% fail on Condition
  • 0.17% fail on Identification of the vehicle (25% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Registration plates (25% better than other 2014 cars)
  • 0.14% fail on Steering (57% better than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.079% fail on Steering linkage components (69% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Track rod end (78% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Drag link end
      • 0.0088% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.0066% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.0022% fail on Intermediate drop arm
      • 0.0022% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.022% fail on Electronic power steering (2 times worse than other 2014 cars)
    • 0.018% fail on Power steering
      • 0.011% fail on Operation
      • 0.0044% fail on Other components
      • 0.0022% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0022% fail on Pump
    • 0.015% fail on Steering gear (68% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering rack (71% better than other 2014 cars)
      • 0.0022% fail on Operation
    • 0.011% fail on Steering play
      • 0.011% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.0022% fail on Steering column
  • 0.0066% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0044% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.0022% fail on Anchorages
Read the Honest John Review

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