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Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

64.9% pass rate
from 7,934 tests in 2020
(28% 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.

  • 18% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (36% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.4% fail on Headlamp aim (26% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.2% fail on Headlamp aim (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.21% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.1% fail on Direction indicators (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.1% fail on Flashing type (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.5% fail on Individual direction indicators (53% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.4% fail on Side repeaters (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.49% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.050% fail on Switch
    • 4.1% fail on Electrical equipment (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.1% fail on Horn (98% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.97% fail on Battery(ies) (45% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.30% fail on Electrical wiring (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 3.6% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (51% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Rear fog lamp (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Rear fog lamp (54% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.23% fail on Switch
    • 3.5% fail on Headlamps (17% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.4% fail on Headlamp (18% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Dipswitch
    • 2.7% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.5% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Position lamps (29% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.0% fail on Position lamp (38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on All position lamps
    • 0.81% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Main beam tell-tale (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.67% fail on Hazard warning (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.67% fail on Switch (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Rear reflectors
  • 12% fail on Brakes (30% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 9.2% fail on Brake performance (28% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.9% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (64% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.8% fail on Rbt (sp) (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 3.7% fail on Service brake imbalance (81% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer (sp)
      • 4.1% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (39% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.0% fail on Rbt (sp) (49% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (70% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Service brake performance
        • 3.4% fail on Rbt
          • 2.9% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.64% fail on Service brake imbalance
          • 0.038% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.063% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.063% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.025% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.013% fail on Service brake performance (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
      • 1.8% fail on Parking brake performance (47% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.8% fail on Rbt (48% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 1.5% fail on Parking brake performance (77% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 0.18% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
          • 0.063% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.025% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.013% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.025% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.025% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.35% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 2.1% fail on Rigid brake pipes (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.44% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.30% fail on Cable (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.088% fail on Lever (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Relay lever (10 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Linkage
        • 0.013% fail on Pivot
      • 0.37% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.35% fail on Brake discs
        • 0.013% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.35% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.35% fail on Brake pads
    • 0.84% fail on Flexible brake hoses (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.64% fail on Load sensing valves (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.49% fail on Hydraulic systems (73% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.24% fail on Valves (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.18% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.050% fail on Master cylinder
      • 0.013% fail on Servos
      • 0.013% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.42% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.28% fail on Pedal
      • 0.15% fail on Hand lever
    • 0.38% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.38% fail on Lever
    • 0.37% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.19% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.18% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
    • 0.088% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.063% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.038% fail on Actuating linkage mounting
        • 0.013% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.013% fail on Other braking system component
      • 0.025% fail on Other components
    • 0.063% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.025% fail on Leaks
      • 0.025% fail on Servos
      • 0.013% fail on Operation
    • 0.038% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC
      • 0.038% fail on Anti-lock braking system
    • 0.025% fail on Pressure storage reservoirs (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.025% fail on Air and vacuum systems (22 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 11% fail on Suspension (39% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.7% fail on Wheel bearings (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.6% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (18% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.1% fail on Suspension arms
      • 0.97% fail on Ball joint (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.38% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.28% fail on Suspension arm (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.1% fail on Shock absorbers (65% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.00% fail on Macpherson strut (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Pins and bushes (9 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.33% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Macpherson strut (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.95% fail on Springs
      • 0.79% fail on Coil springs (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.72% fail on Coil spring (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.076% fail on Mounting
      • 0.076% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas (64% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.063% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.025% fail on Anchor bracket
        • 0.013% fail on Leaf spring
        • 0.013% fail on Anchor pins and bushes
        • 0.013% fail on Fixings and fixing bolts
      • 0.013% fail on Bonded suspension units
        • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket
    • 0.83% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.32% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.32% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.038% fail on Anti-roll bar
      • 0.025% fail on Linkage
      • 0.013% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.77% fail on Sub-frames (54% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.48% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas (55% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Sub-frame (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component (45% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.11% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.076% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.063% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.013% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes
    • 0.050% fail on Axles (85% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Swivel pins and bushes (78% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Axle
    • 0.013% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.013% fail on Suspension rod
  • 11% fail on Body, chassis, structure (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Transmission (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.6% fail on Drive shafts (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Joints (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.15% fail on Drive shaft (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.038% fail on Flexible couplings (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.16% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.16% fail on Joints
    • 3.2% fail on Exhaust system (63% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Seats (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Driver's seat (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.68% fail on Passenger's seat (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Fuel system (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.63% fail on Pipe (91% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.34% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.32% fail on Hose (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.29% fail on System (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Tank
    • 1.3% fail on Doors (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.52% fail on Other passenger's door (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.52% fail on Door condition (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.47% fail on Driver's door (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Door condition (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Catch
        • 0.013% fail on Hinge
      • 0.45% fail on Front passenger's door (92% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on Door condition (99% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Catch
    • 0.98% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.92% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
      • 0.076% fail on Sub-frame (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.063% fail on Sub-frame condition (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.013% fail on Strengthening plate
      • 0.025% fail on Strengthening plate
    • 0.79% fail on Chassis
      • 0.79% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.23% fail on Bumpers (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.23% fail on Body
      • 0.13% fail on Panel
      • 0.076% fail on Other body component
      • 0.025% fail on Body condition
      • 0.013% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.16% fail on Floor
    • 0.14% fail on Engine mounting (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Engine mounting condition (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Bracket
    • 0.050% fail on Cabs
      • 0.050% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.025% fail on Towbar (88% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Other towbar components
      • 0.013% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.025% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.025% fail on Boot lid condition
    • 0.013% fail on Spare wheel
      • 0.013% fail on Carrier
  • 7.8% fail on Visibility (22% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.8% fail on Washers
    • 3.4% fail on Wipers (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Bonnet (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.21% fail on View to rear
      • 0.20% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.013% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.16% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.050% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.050% fail on Windscreen
  • 7.2% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.5% fail on Exhaust emissions (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.3% fail on Spark ignition (87% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 5.0% fail on Non catalyst emissions (84% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.78% fail on Emissions not tested (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.54% fail on Catalyst emissions (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.013% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.013% fail on Oxygen sensor
      • 0.24% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.050% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.038% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.025% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.013% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
    • 1.0% fail on Fluid leaks (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.81% fail on Engine oil leaks (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.10% fail on Other leaks
      • 0.088% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.050% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 4.4% fail on Steering (16% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Steering gear (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Steering rack (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.038% fail on Operation
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components (29% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.1% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.15% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.050% fail on Ball joint (83% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.050% fail on Drag link end (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Steering arm
      • 0.013% fail on Other components
        • 0.013% fail on Steering component
    • 0.23% fail on Power steering
      • 0.11% fail on Operation
      • 0.088% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.063% fail on Other components
      • 0.013% fail on Pump
    • 0.16% fail on Steering play
      • 0.15% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.013% fail on Steering box
    • 0.13% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.13% fail on Steering wheel
    • 0.11% fail on Steering column
    • 0.025% fail on Steering coupling
      • 0.013% fail on Flexible coupling
      • 0.013% fail on Universal joint
  • 2.7% fail on Tyres (71% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Condition (83% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Tread depth (66% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 2.4% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Seat belts (37% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.59% fail on Condition
      • 0.24% fail on Requirements (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Attachment
      • 0.013% fail on Pre-tensioners
  • 1.0% fail on Identification of the vehicle (55% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.98% fail on Registration plates (53% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.063% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.38% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.28% fail on Attachment
    • 0.088% fail on Condition
    • 0.013% fail on Hubs
  • 0.33% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.32% fail on Speedometer (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Speed limiter
      • 0.013% fail on Speed limiter
  • 0.025% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.025% fail on Anchorages