Volvo V50 MOT Results

Registered in 2012
63.2% pass rate
from 3,394 tests in 2020
(40% 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 V50 is unusually good or bad.

  • 12% fail on Suspension (86% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 8.9% fail on Springs (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 8.9% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 8.9% fail on Coil spring (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Suspension arms (56% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Pins and bushes (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on Ball joint (69% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.38% fail on Anti-roll bars (59% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Linkage ball joints
      • 0.088% fail on Linkage
      • 0.059% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.029% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.029% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
      • 0.029% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover
    • 0.29% fail on Wheel bearings
    • 0.12% fail on Shock absorbers (83% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.029% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.029% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.029% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.029% fail on Ball joint
  • 11% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (20% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (58% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp aim (66% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 3.2% fail on Direction indicators (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Flashing type (140% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Individual direction indicators (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.41% fail on Side repeaters
        • 0.12% fail on All direction indicators
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.059% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 1.5% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.4% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.12% fail on All position lamps (3 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on Switch
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate lamp(s)
    • 0.56% fail on Stop lamp (69% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Outline marker lamps (38 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Outline marker lamp (37 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.029% fail on All outline marker lamps
    • 0.12% fail on Front and rear fog lamps
      • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp
        • 0.12% fail on Rear fog lamp
    • 0.12% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.12% fail on Electrical equipment
      • 0.088% fail on Horn
      • 0.029% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.029% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.029% fail on Switch
    • 0.029% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.029% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 10% fail on Body, chassis, structure (4 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 9.7% fail on Transmission (12 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 9.4% fail on Drive shafts (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 9.3% fail on Joints (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.029% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.029% fail on Flexible couplings
      • 0.38% fail on Prop shafts (11 times worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Joints (13 times worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.18% fail on Exhaust system (72% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.088% fail on Pipe (5 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on System
      • 0.029% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
    • 0.12% fail on Body
      • 0.12% fail on Other body component
    • 0.059% fail on Doors
      • 0.029% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.029% fail on Door condition
      • 0.029% fail on Other passenger's door
        • 0.029% fail on Door condition
    • 0.029% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.029% fail on Seats
      • 0.029% fail on Passenger's seat
  • 8.5% fail on Tyres (51% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 5.7% fail on Condition (110% worse than other 2012 cars)
    • 3.2% fail on Tread depth
    • 0.088% fail on Size/type
  • 4.7% fail on Brakes
    • 2.9% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.5% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 2.5% fail on Brake pads
        • 0.029% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.47% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.47% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.029% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages
        • 0.029% fail on Cable
    • 1.1% fail on Brake performance (38% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 0.44% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.38% fail on Service brake performance (64% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Rbt (63% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.35% fail on Service brake performance (59% better than other 2012 cars)
          • 0.029% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp)
        • 0.18% fail on Rbt (sp)
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.088% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.18% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.18% fail on Rbt
          • 0.15% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.029% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.12% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.74% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders) (12 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers (14 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.29% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.29% fail on Lever
    • 0.15% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.088% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.059% fail on Electronic stability control
      • 0.029% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.059% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.029% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.029% fail on Valves
    • 0.029% fail on Rigid brake pipes
  • 3.5% fail on Visibility
    • 1.9% fail on Wipers
    • 1.6% fail on Washers
    • 0.059% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.059% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.059% fail on View to rear
      • 0.059% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.029% fail on Driver's view
  • 1.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks
    • 1.2% fail on Exhaust emissions
      • 1.0% fail on Compression ignition (85% worse than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp
        • 0.38% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
        • 0.15% fail on Emissions not tested (2 times worse than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Spark ignition (78% better than other 2012 cars)
        • 0.18% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (64% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.059% fail on Fluid leaks
      • 0.059% fail on Engine oil leaks
    • 0.029% fail on Noise suppression
      • 0.029% fail on Undertray
  • 0.35% fail on Steering (62% better than other 2012 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Steering linkage components (63% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.27% fail on Track rod end (64% better than other 2012 cars)
      • 0.059% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.059% fail on Steering gear
      • 0.059% fail on Steering rack
  • 0.35% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems
    • 0.29% fail on Seat belts
      • 0.27% fail on Condition
      • 0.029% fail on Attachment
    • 0.059% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp (79% better than other 2012 cars)
  • 0.24% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.24% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.24% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.21% fail on Attachment
    • 0.029% 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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