Volvo S40 MOT Results

Registered in 2012
67.2% pass rate
from 1,489 tests in 2020
(24% 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 (98% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 10% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 10% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 10% fail on Coil spring (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.3% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Ball joint (65% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.20% fail on Shock absorbers
    • 0.13% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.13% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.067% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.067% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.067% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.067% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.067% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.067% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
  • 8.1% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 2.5% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 2.4% fail on Headlamp aim
      • 0.067% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 2.4% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.3% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.067% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 2.3% fail on Direction indicators (72% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Flashing type (67% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Individual direction indicators (150% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.067% fail on All direction indicators
      • 0.067% fail on Semaphore
        • 0.067% fail on Arm
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.47% fail on Position lamps
      • 0.47% fail on Position lamp
    • 0.40% fail on Stop lamp (78% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 7.4% fail on Tyres (31% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Condition (50% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.13% fail on Size/type
  • 7.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Transmission (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 6.6% fail on Drive shafts (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 6.6% fail on Joints (9 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.067% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.067% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.067% fail on Joints
    • 0.13% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.067% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.067% fail on Body
      • 0.067% fail on Other body component
    • 0.067% fail on Undertray
  • 4.7% fail on Brakes
    • 2.8% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.60% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.60% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.067% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.067% fail on Lever
    • 1.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 0.81% fail on Service brake performance
        • 0.81% fail on Rbt
          • 0.81% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.067% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.60% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.60% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.40% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.40% fail on Rbt
          • 0.40% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.13% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.13% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.067% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.067% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 0.54% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (8 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (6 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (17 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.13% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.067% fail on Pedal
    • 0.13% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.067% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.067% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.13% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.067% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.067% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.067% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.067% fail on Lever
  • 2.7% fail on Visibility (36% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Wipers
    • 0.87% fail on Washers (51% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.067% fail on View to rear
      • 0.067% fail on Mirrors
  • 1.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.1% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 0.94% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.54% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.34% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.067% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
      • 0.20% fail on Spark ignition (75% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.067% fail on Catalyst emissions
  • 0.60% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.60% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.40% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.20% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.20% fail on Condition
    • 0.13% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.067% fail on Airbags
      • 0.067% fail on Drivers airbag
      • 0.067% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.27% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.20% fail on Attachment
    • 0.067% fail on Condition
  • 0.13% fail on Steering (86% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Steering linkage components (83% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Track rod end (82% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.067% fail on Steering play
      • 0.067% fail on Steering rack
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