Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2009
59.6% pass rate
from 6,257 tests in 2020
(6.8% worse than other 2009 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 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 15% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
    • 4.1% fail on Headlamps (29% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 4.0% fail on Headlamp (31% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.048% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (23% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (25% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.9% fail on Position lamps (71% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Position lamp (73% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.6% fail on Direction indicators (47% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Flashing type (47% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (56% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.85% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.14% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.016% fail on Switch
    • 2.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.86% fail on Stop lamp (76% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.34% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.016% fail on Switch
    • 0.21% fail on Outline marker lamps (32 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Outline marker lamp (35 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.13% fail on Electrical equipment (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Horn (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.032% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.032% fail on Reversing lamps
    • 0.016% fail on Daytime running lamps
    • 0.016% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.016% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
  • 14% fail on Suspension (13% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 7.1% fail on Suspension arms (80% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 5.9% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Ball joint (41% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.032% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 4.7% fail on Springs
      • 4.7% fail on Coil springs
        • 4.7% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.032% fail on Mounting
    • 2.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (20% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Linkage (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Linkage ball joints (42% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (140% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.14% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (87% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-roll bar (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.080% fail on Ball joint dust cover (85% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.032% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.0% fail on Shock absorbers (31% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.46% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.14% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.064% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.064% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.016% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.016% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
  • 9.9% fail on Tyres (50% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Condition (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.21% fail on Size/type
  • 6.6% fail on Brakes (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.016% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.67% fail on Brake discs and drums (38% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Brake discs (37% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.048% fail on Cable
        • 0.032% fail on Lever
        • 0.016% fail on Linkage
    • 2.7% fail on Brake performance (28% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Service brake performance (34% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Rbt (32% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.2% fail on Service brake performance (28% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.24% fail on Service brake imbalance
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.2% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (26% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.69% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.67% fail on Rbt
          • 0.56% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.11% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.016% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.016% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.21% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (54% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.21% fail on Rbt (sp) (54% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.19% fail on Service brake imbalance (50% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.016% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.064% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.58% fail on Parking brake control (62% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Lever (83% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.43% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.40% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.37% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.22% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.19% fail on Electronic stability control
    • 0.30% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.18% fail on Hand lever
      • 0.13% fail on Pedal
    • 0.048% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.048% fail on Brake fluid
    • 0.016% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.016% fail on Leaks
    • 0.016% fail on Rigid brake pipes
    • 0.016% fail on Flexible brake hoses
  • 4.3% fail on Visibility (21% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Wipers
    • 1.8% fail on Washers (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.18% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.11% fail on View to rear
      • 0.096% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.016% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.048% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.1% fail on Body, chassis, structure
    • 2.4% fail on Transmission (50% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Drive shafts (53% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.3% fail on Joints (51% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.048% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.016% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.064% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.064% fail on Joints
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (39% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.096% fail on Pipe (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.048% fail on Tank
      • 0.048% fail on Hose
      • 0.032% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.016% fail on System
    • 0.16% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.13% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Other body component
    • 0.080% fail on Doors
      • 0.032% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.032% fail on Door condition
      • 0.032% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.032% fail on Door condition
      • 0.016% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.016% fail on Hinge
    • 0.080% fail on Undertray
    • 0.032% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.016% fail on Sub-frame
        • 0.016% fail on Sub-frame condition
      • 0.016% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.016% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.016% fail on Engine mounting condition
    • 0.016% fail on Seats
      • 0.016% fail on Driver's seat
    • 0.016% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.016% fail on Boot lid condition
  • 3.7% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 3.5% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 3.1% fail on Compression ignition (110% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (180% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.53% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.13% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.032% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.032% fail on Particulate filter
        • 0.016% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 0.45% fail on Spark ignition (79% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (62% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.096% fail on Catalyst emissions (90% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.032% fail on Emissions not tested (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.13% fail on Engine oil leaks
      • 0.048% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Other leaks
    • 0.032% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.032% fail on Undertray
  • 2.1% fail on Steering
    • 1.2% fail on Steering gear (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Steering rack (5 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.69% fail on Steering linkage components (56% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.58% fail on Track rod end (60% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.096% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.016% fail on Other components
        • 0.016% fail on Steering linkage
      • 0.016% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.18% fail on Power steering
      • 0.13% fail on Other components (3 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Operation
      • 0.016% fail on Pipes and hoses
    • 0.064% fail on Steering play
      • 0.064% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.048% fail on Steering column (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
  • 0.86% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.56% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.30% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.30% fail on Condition
  • 0.45% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.45% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.26% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment
    • 0.048% fail on Condition
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  • Volvo V50 (2004 - 2012)
    Classy-looking compact estate with very good ride comfort and tidy handling. A fine long-distance cruiser. The UK's most popular Volvo.

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