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Volkswagen Polo MOT Results

57.9% pass rate
from 1,054 tests in 2020
(54% 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.

  • 21% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (58% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 5.3% fail on Headlamp aim (50% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 5.1% fail on Headlamp aim (55% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Headlamp aim not tested
    • 4.6% fail on Headlamps (54% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.6% fail on Headlamp (57% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Headlamp levelling device
    • 3.9% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (64% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp (64% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 3.9% fail on Rear fog lamp (71% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Switch
    • 3.9% fail on Electrical equipment (70% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.1% fail on Battery(ies) (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Horn
      • 0.38% fail on Electrical wiring
    • 3.8% fail on Stop lamp (52% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 3.8% fail on Direction indicators
      • 3.8% fail on Flashing type
        • 2.4% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.0% fail on Individual direction indicators
        • 0.47% fail on All direction indicators
    • 2.7% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (89% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Position lamps
      • 2.1% fail on Position lamp
      • 0.095% fail on All position lamps
    • 1.2% fail on Mandatory tell-tales (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Main beam tell-tale (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.57% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.47% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.47% fail on Switch
    • 0.095% fail on Reversing lamps
      • 0.095% fail on Reversing lamps
  • 17% fail on Suspension (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.1% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.9% fail on Wheel bearings (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.7% fail on Suspension arms
      • 1.1% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.85% fail on Ball joint
      • 0.47% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 1.5% fail on Shock absorbers (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Macpherson strut (7 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.66% fail on Pins and bushes (17 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.19% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.66% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.57% fail on Pins and bushes (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.095% fail on Linkage pins and bushes
    • 0.47% fail on Springs
      • 0.47% fail on Coil springs
        • 0.47% fail on Coil spring
    • 0.28% fail on Sub-frames
      • 0.28% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
    • 0.28% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.095% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.095% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.095% fail on Axles
      • 0.095% fail on Axle
    • 0.095% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.095% fail on Pins and bushes
  • 14% fail on Body, chassis, structure (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.7% fail on Exhaust system (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.9% fail on Transmission (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.7% fail on Drive shafts (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 4.6% fail on Joints (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Drive shaft
      • 0.19% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.19% fail on Joints
    • 1.5% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.66% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.38% fail on Hose
      • 0.28% fail on Pipe
      • 0.19% fail on Tank
    • 1.4% fail on Seats (140% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.95% fail on Driver's seat
      • 0.57% fail on Passenger's seat
    • 1.2% fail on Chassis
      • 1.2% fail on Chassis condition
    • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 1.0% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.57% fail on Body
      • 0.28% fail on Panel
      • 0.19% fail on Other body component
      • 0.095% fail on Mounting fixings
    • 0.38% fail on Floor
    • 0.28% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.28% fail on Doors
      • 0.19% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.19% fail on Door condition
      • 0.095% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.095% fail on Door condition
    • 0.095% fail on Towbar
      • 0.095% fail on Vehicle structure
    • 0.095% fail on Engine mounting
      • 0.095% fail on Engine mounting condition
  • 14% fail on Brakes (44% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 10% fail on Brake performance (42% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 6.4% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 6.4% fail on Rbt (sp) (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 4.6% fail on Service brake imbalance (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
          • 2.6% fail on Service brake performance (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.3% fail on Service brake performance
        • 4.3% fail on Rbt
          • 3.6% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.76% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 2.3% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp)
        • 2.3% fail on Rbt (sp)
      • 0.85% fail on Parking brake performance
        • 0.85% fail on Rbt
          • 0.85% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.66% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 3.0% fail on Rigid brake pipes (150% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Flexible brake hoses (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 0.66% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.47% fail on Cable (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.095% fail on Lever
        • 0.095% fail on Brake slack adjuster
      • 0.28% fail on Brake linings and pads
        • 0.28% fail on Brake pads
      • 0.19% fail on Brake discs and drums
        • 0.19% fail on Brake discs
    • 0.47% fail on Parking brake control
      • 0.47% fail on Lever
    • 0.38% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever
      • 0.38% fail on Pedal
    • 0.38% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.38% fail on Prescribed areas
        • 0.28% fail on Master cylinder/servo mounting
        • 0.095% fail on Other braking system component
    • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 0.19% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.095% fail on Valves
    • 0.28% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.28% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder
  • 9.5% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 8.2% fail on Exhaust emissions (120% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 7.9% fail on Spark ignition (130% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 5.7% fail on Non catalyst emissions (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Emissions not tested (4 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
        • 0.38% fail on Catalyst emissions
      • 0.28% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.19% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.095% fail on On or after 01/07/2008
    • 1.9% fail on Fluid leaks (160% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.7% fail on Engine oil leaks (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Other leaks
  • 9.0% fail on Visibility (41% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 6.0% fail on Washers (38% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.5% fail on Wipers
    • 0.57% fail on Bonnet (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.28% fail on Driver's view
    • 0.28% fail on View to rear
      • 0.28% fail on Mirrors
    • 0.095% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.095% fail on Windscreen
  • 6.1% fail on Steering (58% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 4.5% fail on Steering gear (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 4.5% fail on Steering rack (3 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Steering linkage components
      • 1.4% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.095% fail on Other components
        • 0.095% fail on Steering linkage
    • 0.28% fail on Steering play
      • 0.28% fail on Steering rack
    • 0.19% fail on Prescribed areas
    • 0.095% fail on Steering column
  • 4.3% fail on Tyres (170% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Tread depth (2 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 1.4% fail on Condition
    • 0.19% fail on Size/type
  • 2.9% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (68% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Seat belts (69% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 2.5% fail on Prescribed areas (110% worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 0.38% fail on Condition
      • 0.19% fail on Requirements
  • 0.85% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.85% fail on Registration plates
    • 0.095% fail on Vehicle Identification Number
  • 0.38% fail on Speedometer and speed limiter
    • 0.38% fail on Speedometer
  • 0.28% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.19% fail on Attachment
    • 0.095% fail on Condition
  • 0.095% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.095% fail on Anchorages
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