Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2011
60.7% pass rate
from 4,595 tests in 2020
(25% worse than other 2011 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 2011 cars and highlighted areas where the Volvo V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 14% fail on Suspension (43% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Springs (88% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 6.9% fail on Coil springs (88% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 6.9% fail on Coil spring (88% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Suspension arms (42% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Pins and bushes (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.76% fail on Ball joint (50% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Ball joint dust cover (23% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Suspension arm
    • 3.5% fail on Anti-roll bars (70% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Linkage (9 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Linkage ball joints (1.9% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Ball joint dust cover (46% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (34% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting (14 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pins and bushes (170% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (90% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Anti-roll bar (94% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.41% fail on Shock absorbers (65% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.22% fail on Wheel bearings (43% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Other suspension component (50% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Ball joint (9.1% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint dust cover
  • 12% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (17% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 4.0% fail on Headlamp aim (53% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (56% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (11% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 3.0% fail on Individual direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Side repeaters (16% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on All direction indicators (170% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Headlamps (15% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.6% fail on Headlamp (5.3% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp cleaning device (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Headlamp levelling device (73% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Dipswitch (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (23% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.65% fail on Stop lamp (73% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (73% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp (73% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Rear fog lamp (72% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Rear reflectors (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Electrical equipment (65% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Horn (80% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Trailer electrical socket
      • 0.022% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.022% fail on Battery(ies)
    • 0.065% fail on Position lamps (24% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Position lamp (45% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Switch
    • 0.065% fail on Reversing lamps (67% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Reversing lamps (66% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.022% fail on Main beam tell-tale
  • 9.2% fail on Tyres (48% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Tread depth (5.0% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.20% fail on Size/type (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
  • 8.4% fail on Body, chassis, structure (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 8.0% fail on Transmission (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 7.8% fail on Drive shafts (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 7.7% fail on Joints (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.13% fail on Drive shaft (11 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Prop shafts (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Joints (4 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.26% fail on Exhaust system (77% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Undertray (2 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers (30% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.087% fail on Body (24% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Other body component (61% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Fuel system (55% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device (54% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on System
    • 0.022% fail on Doors
      • 0.022% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.022% fail on Door condition
    • 0.022% fail on Seats
      • 0.022% fail on Driver's seat
  • 6.1% fail on Brakes (7.1% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Mechanical brake components (16% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Brake linings and pads (5.7% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Brake pads (4.9% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Brake discs and drums (40% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.63% fail on Brake discs (40% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (4.4% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Cable
        • 0.022% fail on Lever
        • 0.022% fail on Relay lever
    • 2.1% fail on Brake performance (25% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (7.7% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 1.1% fail on Rbt (sp) (1.4% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.94% fail on Service brake performance (36% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.91% fail on Rbt (36% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.72% fail on Service brake performance (41% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.22% fail on Service brake imbalance (25% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.54% fail on Parking brake performance (8.4% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Rbt (4.4% worse than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.46% fail on Parking brake performance (7.1% worse than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.044% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (1.4% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.022% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.022% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.26% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (35% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.24% fail on Rbt (sp) (38% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.17% fail on Service brake imbalance (32% better than other 2011 cars)
          • 0.087% fail on Service brake performance (51% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.022% fail on Service brake imbalance
    • 0.98% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (11 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (13 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on Parking brake control (90% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Lever (130% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.37% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (50% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.26% fail on Hand lever (67% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Pedal (19% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (28% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Electronic stability control (5.7% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Anti-lock braking system (60% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Hydraulic systems (55% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Brake fluid (18% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Reservoirs (3 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.11% fail on Flexible brake hoses (34% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.022% fail on Leaks
    • 0.022% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.022% fail on Other components
  • 3.8% fail on Visibility (17% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers (21% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Washers (18% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on View to rear (56% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Mirrors (59% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Driver's view (28% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.065% fail on Condition of glass (14% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.065% fail on Windscreen (12% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 1.8% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (13% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Exhaust emissions (15% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Compression ignition (79% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.67% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (71% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.59% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (140% worse than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.065% fail on Emissions not tested (15% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.022% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
      • 0.35% fail on Spark ignition (72% better than other 2011 cars)
        • 0.35% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (48% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.13% fail on Fluid leaks (7.1% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.087% fail on Engine oil leaks (17% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.022% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • 0.044% fail on Noise suppression (120% worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Sound deadening material
      • 0.022% fail on Undertray
  • 1.6% fail on Steering (7.3% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Steering gear (5 times worse than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.98% fail on Steering rack (6 times worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.59% fail on Steering linkage components (52% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.50% fail on Track rod end (56% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Ball joint (31% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.022% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.044% fail on Steering play (6.9% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.044% fail on Steering rack (4.6% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 0.78% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (20% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.52% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (53% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Seat belts (22% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.22% fail on Condition (20% better than other 2011 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Requirements
    • 0.022% fail on Airbags
      • 0.022% fail on Passengers airbag
  • 0.39% fail on Identification of the vehicle (6.9% worse than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.39% fail on Registration plates (7.2% worse than other 2011 cars)
  • 0.20% fail on Road Wheels (49% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Attachment (45% better than other 2011 cars)
    • 0.044% fail on Condition (58% better than other 2011 cars)
  • 0.022% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.022% fail on Belt(s)/padding
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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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