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Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

54.7% pass rate
from 1,073 tests in 2017
(55% 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 Polo is unusually good or bad.

  • 25% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.7% fail on Registration plate lamp (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 4.7% fail on Direction indicators
      • 4.7% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.3% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.6% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.37% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.28% fail on Tell tales
        • 0.093% fail on Switch
    • 4.1% fail on Battery (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Stop lamp
    • 4.0% fail on Rear fog lamp (78% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.5% fail on Fog lamp (74% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.75% fail on Tell tale
    • 3.9% fail on Headlamps
      • 2.8% fail on Headlamp
      • 0.56% fail on Headlamp defects which don't require an aim check on retest
        • 0.56% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.28% fail on Switch
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp defects which do require an aim check on retest
        • 0.19% fail on Main beam 'tell-tale'
      • 0.19% fail on Dipswitch
    • 3.6% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.0% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.8% fail on Rear lamps
      • 0.28% fail on Switch (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on All position lamps
    • 2.0% fail on Horn
    • 0.84% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.65% fail on Lamp
      • 0.19% fail on Switch
    • 0.47% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 0.19% fail on Electrical wiring
  • 23% fail on Suspension (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.9% fail on Prescribed areas (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 7.1% fail on Component mounting (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Subframe mounting (190% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Spring mounting
    • 6.7% fail on Drive shafts (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.5% fail on Front drive shafts (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 6.4% fail on Constant velocity joints (6 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.093% fail on Couplings
      • 0.19% fail on Any drive shaft which is part of the suspension
        • 0.19% fail on Drive shafts
        • 0.093% fail on Universal joint
    • 6.3% fail on Wheel bearings (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.3% fail on Rear (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front
    • 2.3% fail on Suspension arms (82% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.3% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.8% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 1.8% fail on Condition
    • 1.7% fail on Macpherson strut (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Condition (14 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Coil springs (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.0% fail on Condition (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Location
    • 1.0% fail on Front suspension joints
    • 0.65% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.47% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.093% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
      • 0.093% fail on Attachment
    • 0.093% fail on General condition
    • 0.093% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
  • 15% fail on Brakes (33% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.8% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.8% fail on Rear wheels
      • 4.7% fail on Front wheels
      • 2.1% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 1.6% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.47% fail on Brake imbalance
      • 0.19% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 6.8% fail on Hydraulic systems (100% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.0% fail on Components (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.5% fail on Hoses (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 2.7% fail on Pipes (95% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Reservoirs
      • 0.47% fail on Operation
      • 0.47% fail on Leaks
      • 0.093% fail on Brake fluid warning lamp
    • 0.93% fail on Parking brake
      • 0.93% fail on Condition
    • 0.75% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.75% fail on Pedal
        • 0.56% fail on Condition (200% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.19% fail on Anti-slip
    • 0.65% fail on Hub components
      • 0.47% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.19% fail on Wheel cylinder
      • 0.093% fail on Brake calipers
    • 0.19% fail on Mechanical components
      • 0.19% fail on Cable
    • 0.19% fail on Restricted movement
    • 0.19% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.19% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
    • 0.093% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.093% fail on Components
        • 0.093% fail on Hoses
  • 13% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Exhaust system (180% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.5% fail on Emissions (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.56% fail on Cap
      • 0.47% fail on Pipe
      • 0.37% fail on Tank
      • 0.19% fail on System
    • 0.75% fail on Emissions not tested (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 8.9% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 6.1% fail on Washers
    • 3.8% fail on Wipers
    • 0.37% fail on Windscreen
    • 0.19% fail on Bonnet
    • 0.19% fail on Mirrors
  • 7.3% fail on Tyres (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.6% fail on Tread depth (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Condition (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.47% fail on Size/type (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
  • 5.3% fail on Steering
    • 4.5% fail on Steering system
      • 3.2% fail on Steering rack (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.093% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.47% fail on Steering control
      • 0.47% fail on Steering column
    • 0.28% fail on Steering operation
    • 0.093% fail on Locking devices
  • 3.7% fail on Body, Structure and General Items
    • 1.2% fail on Body condition
    • 1.2% fail on Seats
      • 1.1% fail on Drivers (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Passengers
    • 0.93% fail on Vehicle structure
      • 0.93% fail on Chassis
    • 0.19% fail on Body security
    • 0.19% fail on Doors
      • 0.19% fail on Drivers
    • 0.093% fail on Engine mountings
    • 0.093% fail on Speedometer
    • 0.093% fail on Load security
      • 0.093% fail on Loading door
  • 3.1% fail on Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems
    • 3.1% fail on Seat belts
      • 2.8% fail on Prescribed areas (86% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.37% fail on Condition
      • 0.093% fail on Attachment
  • 1.3% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.3% fail on Registration plate
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.19% fail on Condition
    • 0.093% fail on Attachment
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