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Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

59.8% pass rate
from 7,545 tests in 2017
(38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
Number of tests by age
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 pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 24% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (45% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.6% fail on Headlamp aim (51% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Direction indicators (60% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.5% fail on Flashing type (61% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Individual lamps (47% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.2% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.99% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.15% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.093% fail on Switch
    • 5.0% fail on Position lamps (39% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.3% fail on Front lamps (53% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Rear lamps (40% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on All position lamps
      • 0.013% fail on Switch
    • 4.8% fail on Registration plate lamp (80% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Fog lamp (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.78% fail on Tell tale (86% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.17% fail on Switch
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamps (34% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.7% fail on Headlamp (22% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.70% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.70% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.20% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale' (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.066% fail on Switch
      • 0.013% fail on Matched pair
    • 4.0% fail on Horn (93% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.0% fail on Stop lamp
    • 1.6% fail on Battery (32% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Hazard warning (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Lamp (60% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Switch (88% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Tell tale
    • 0.41% fail on Electrical wiring (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.17% fail on Rear reflectors
    • 0.16% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.013% fail on Trailer electrical socket
  • 16% fail on Brakes (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 11% fail on Brake performance (30% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.4% fail on Rear wheels (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Front wheels (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.2% fail on Parking brake performance (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.56% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
      • 0.013% fail on Gradient hand brake
    • 7.3% fail on Hydraulic systems (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Components (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.3% fail on Hoses (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.2% fail on Pipes (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.82% fail on Valves (8 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.12% fail on Reservoirs
        • 0.066% fail on Servos
        • 0.040% fail on Cylinders
      • 0.66% fail on Leaks
      • 0.34% fail on Operation
      • 0.16% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 1.1% fail on Hub components (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.62% fail on Brake pads (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Brake discs
      • 0.21% fail on Brake calipers
      • 0.093% fail on Brake back plates (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Wheel cylinder
      • 0.013% fail on Brake drums
    • 0.91% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.91% fail on Condition
    • 0.44% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.44% fail on Pedal
        • 0.32% fail on Condition
        • 0.12% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.25% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.24% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.23% fail on Cable (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Brake slack adjuster
    • 0.13% fail on Air and vacuum systems (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Components (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.093% fail on Servos (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Pipes (11 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Hoses
      • 0.013% fail on Leaks
    • 0.040% fail on ABS
    • 0.027% fail on Prescribed areas (88% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
      • 0.013% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.013% fail on Additional braking devices
  • 16% fail on Suspension (65% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.0% fail on Prescribed areas (25% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Component mounting (31% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Subframe mounting (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Spring mounting (49% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Drive shafts (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.4% fail on Front drive shafts (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.4% fail on Constant velocity joints (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.066% fail on Couplings (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.027% fail on Drive shafts (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.027% fail on Drive shafts
    • 4.3% fail on Wheel bearings (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Rear (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Front
    • 1.8% fail on Suspension arms (38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Condition
      • 0.12% fail on Attachment
    • 1.3% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.3% fail on Condition
    • 1.2% fail on Macpherson strut (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Condition (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.89% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Location
    • 0.81% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.70% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.30% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.17% fail on Attachment
      • 0.093% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.066% fail on Condition
      • 0.053% fail on Linkage condition
      • 0.040% fail on Presence
    • 0.36% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.27% fail on Condition (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Attachment
      • 0.040% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.066% fail on Trailing arms
      • 0.027% fail on Condition
      • 0.027% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment
    • 0.066% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.040% fail on Leaf springs (85% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Pins and bushes
        • 0.013% fail on Shackle
        • 0.013% fail on Anchor
      • 0.013% fail on Securing bolts
    • 0.040% fail on Radius arms
      • 0.027% fail on Condition
      • 0.013% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.040% fail on Axles (87% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Axle beam
      • 0.013% fail on Stub axle
      • 0.013% fail on Clearance
    • 0.027% fail on Bonded suspension
      • 0.027% fail on Condition
    • 0.013% fail on General condition
  • 12% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Emissions (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.1% fail on Exhaust system (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Fuel system (56% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.82% fail on System (79% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.44% fail on Cap
      • 0.34% fail on Pipe
      • 0.27% fail on Tank (99% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.20% fail on Hose
    • 0.66% fail on Emissions not tested (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 9.2% fail on Driver's view of the road (30% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.4% fail on Washers (14% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.2% fail on Wipers (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Windscreen (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.17% fail on Mirrors
  • 5.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items (59% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.9% fail on Seats (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Drivers (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.65% fail on Passengers (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Doors (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.83% fail on Passengers other (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Drivers (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.49% fail on Passengers front (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Body condition
    • 0.81% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.81% fail on Chassis
    • 0.33% fail on Speedometer (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Engine mountings (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.080% fail on Load security
      • 0.040% fail on Tailgate (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.027% fail on Bootlid
      • 0.013% fail on Access panel
    • 0.053% fail on Body security
  • 5.4% fail on Steering (20% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Steering system (25% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.2% fail on Steering rack (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.3% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.12% fail on Free play
        • 0.12% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.093% fail on Ball joint (67% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.053% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.040% fail on Other components
        • 0.027% fail on Steering component
        • 0.013% fail on Steering pivot point
      • 0.013% fail on Steering damper
    • 0.34% fail on Steering operation (71% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.29% fail on Steering control
      • 0.17% fail on Steering column
      • 0.080% fail on Steering wheel
      • 0.027% fail on Steering lock
      • 0.013% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.013% fail on Universal joint
    • 0.20% fail on Power steering
      • 0.080% fail on Other components
      • 0.053% fail on Operation
      • 0.053% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.027% fail on Drive system
    • 0.20% fail on Locking devices
    • 0.11% fail on Prescribed areas
  • 4.7% fail on Tyres (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Condition (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.0% fail on Tread depth (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Size/type
    • 0.066% fail on Valve stem
  • 2.6% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.6% fail on Seat belts (21% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.44% fail on Requirements (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.41% fail on Condition
      • 0.24% fail on Attachment
      • 0.013% fail on Installation check
        • 0.013% fail on Anchorage's
    • 0.013% fail on Supplementary restraint systems
      • 0.013% fail on SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp
  • 1.4% fail on Registration plates and VIN (75% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Registration plate (79% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.040% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.54% fail on Road Wheels (92% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.40% fail on Attachment (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.16% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)