Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2012
66.8% pass rate
from 1,372 tests in 2020
(21% 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 Volvo S40 is unusually good or bad.

  • 13% fail on Suspension (67% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 8.7% fail on Springs (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 8.7% fail on Coil springs (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 8.7% fail on Coil spring (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Suspension arms (93% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Ball joint (40% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Ball joint dust cover (69% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Anti-roll bars (40% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Linkage (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joints (71% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (50% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.073% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.073% fail on Axles
      • 0.073% fail on Swivel pins and bushes
    • 0.073% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.073% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.073% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.073% fail on Ball joint
  • 8.8% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (0.30% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Headlamp aim (53% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp aim (57% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (3.0% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Direction indicators (92% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.9% fail on Flashing type (92% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Individual direction indicators (190% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Side repeaters (62% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on All direction indicators (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Headlamps (22% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Headlamp (17% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (5.8% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.36% fail on Stop lamp (81% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Rear reflectors (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.073% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.073% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.073% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.073% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.073% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.073% fail on Horn
  • 8.3% fail on Body, chassis, structure (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 7.8% fail on Transmission (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 7.7% fail on Drive shafts (7 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 7.7% fail on Joints (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Prop shafts (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Exhaust system (74% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Bumpers (100% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Boot lid (10 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Boot lid condition (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Undertray
  • 6.9% fail on Tyres (18% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Condition (62% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Tread depth (21% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Size/type (94% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 5.2% fail on Brakes (9.6% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (16% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Brake linings and pads (19% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Brake pads (19% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Brake discs and drums (8.0% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.87% fail on Brake discs (7.7% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.073% fail on Cable
    • 1.9% fail on Brake performance (18% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.87% fail on Service brake performance (32% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.87% fail on Rbt (30% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.87% fail on Service brake performance (17% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (32% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.58% fail on Rbt (sp) (28% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.36% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (0.69% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Rbt (sp) (4.0% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.29% fail on Service brake imbalance (14% worse than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.073% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.22% fail on Brake performance not tested (160% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Parking brake performance (62% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Rbt (60% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.15% fail on Parking brake performance (55% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.73% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (12 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.58% fail on Parking brake control (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (49% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Pedal (98% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever (18% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Hydraulic systems (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.073% fail on Valves
    • 0.15% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (47% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.073% fail on Electronic stability control
  • 3.4% fail on Visibility (18% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Wipers (15% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.3% fail on Washers (25% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Driver's view (49% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.073% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.073% fail on Windscreen
  • 0.73% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (56% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.73% fail on Exhaust emissions (53% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.51% fail on Compression ignition (13% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.36% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (10% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (22% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.073% fail on Emissions not tested
      • 0.22% fail on Spark ignition (78% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.22% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (61% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.51% fail on Steering (57% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.51% fail on Steering linkage components (50% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Track rod end (54% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.073% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.073% fail on Steering play
      • 0.073% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.36% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (35% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Seat belts (8.9% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Condition (0.27% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (53% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.29% fail on Road Wheels (11% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Attachment (21% worse than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.22% fail on Identification of the vehicle (30% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Registration plates (30% better than other 2012 cars)
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