UK SEAT owners could be owed thousands in compensation after the car manufacturer lied about their emissions. To find out if you can join thousands in their Dieselgate claim, get in touch today.

For a number of years, huge car manufacturers were lying about their emissions output in their cars. This has meant a toxic pollutant, NOx, has been flooding the UK for years, and has potentially led to worse fuel economy in many cars. Now, SEAT owners are getting their deserved compensation for this lie.

The Volkswagen Group misled its UK customers by installing “defeat devices” into their diesel engines, in a scandal that has now become known as Dieselgate. SEAT has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1990, meaning in 2015 when this came to light, thousands of UK SEAT vehicles were implicated.

UK SEAT owners are now claiming compensation from SEAT and The Volkswagen Group for misleading them. If you believe you have a claim for compensation, let the panel help. We can tell you right away if you have claim, and work on a No Win, No Fee basis.

What is the SEAT Diesel Emissions Scandal?

The Dieselgate scandal first made headlines in September 2015 when US regulators noticed that some of the VW Group vehicles had different real-world emissions when compared to the tests. After further scrutiny from regulators, Volkswagen admitted that 11 million vehicles had been fitted with a “defeat device” which lets the car know when it is being tested for emissions. This admission would lead to the potential of millions of claims globally.

Volkswagen also admitted that 1.2 million of these vehicles were in the UK, with other VW-owned manufacturers being affected, such as SEAT, Audi and Skoda. In total, approximately 76,773 UK SEAT diesel cars were affected.

In January 2017, the VW Group pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US, with a judge ordering them to pay an eye-watering $2.8 billion fine for “rigging diesel-powered powered vehicles to cheat the emission tests”. As a result of the scandal, VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned.

Now, UK SEAT owners want to hold SEAT and The Volkswagen Group to account by challenging them on this lie. Here at, we are helping SEAT owners claim compensation for any potential losses through increased fuel costs, increased car tax, any out of pocket expenses and for damages under the Misrepresentation Act 1967.

Which SEAT models are affected?

Thousands of SEAT models are thought to be affected in the UK.

The SEAT NOx Emissions Group Litigation specifically relates to vehicles that:

  • Are manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda
  • Are fitted with a 1.2, 1.6, 2.0 litre EA189 Diesel engine
  • Manufactured before 2016 can advise if your SEAT has been affected by the dieselgate scandal in a matter of minutes. Get in touch to find out if we can help you claim compensation.

How can I find out if my SEAT has been affected by dieselgate?

There are a number of ways to find out if your SEAT vehicle has been affected by the dieselgate scandal. The easiest is to find your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and send it over to us. This is a 17-digit code that can be found on the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle, the driver’s side door sill or your service book.

Alternatively, the panel at can help you determine whether your particular model will have been affected and, if so, can help you claim compensation. Get in touch today using our online form.

How much compensation can I receive?

While there have been court cases that have settled in USA, Canada, Germany and Australia, there is currently no guidance in the UK on the amount of compensation you might receive. will keep our clients updated in relation to SEAT High Court rulings on dieselgate compensation.

How do I begin my SEAT dieselgate claim?

To register your interest in claiming compensation for the SEAT emissions scandal, all you have to do is fill out our two-minute online form. You will then find out instantly if you are eligible to claim. 

The deadline for the group litigation has closed – Why can I still make a claim?

SEAT owners fall under the current VW Group Action, for which the deadline to join has now passed. This does not mean, however, that you cannot bring a claim forward.

We recognise that not everyone was aware that they might have been eligible for a claim before the Group Action deadline closed. This is why we are taking on claims for SEAT owners.

If you fall within the limitation period of six years, you can still bring forward a claim for compensation.

The claim we will raise includes various claims around contract law, breaches of statutory duty, and tort (deceit). The statute of limitations for this area of law is six years, meaning you have until September 2021 to bring forward a claim, as the scandal first came to light in September 2015. If you believe your car has been affected, we would advise getting in touch as soon as possible.

The UK Dieselgate Court Cases – A Timeline

7th April 2020 – UK High Court finds that emissions-testing software installed in Volkswagen Group’s vehicles, including SEAT, did constitute unlawful “defeat devices” under EU rules. Mr Justice Waksman called some of Volkswagen Group’s defences that the vehicles did not utilise such devices ‘hopeless’, ‘highly flawed’ and ‘completely irrelevant’.


7th August 2020 – Court of Appeal rejects Volkswagen Group’s appeal, making landmark ruling on Dieselgate. Lord Justice Males states in the Court of Appeal that ‘Mr Justice Waksman’s “defeat device” issue was clearly correct’


Expected to be heard not before March 2022 – Group Litigation full trial to commence. A decision is to be made here about whether any compensation is to be paid to motorists, though considering other cases in Canada, US, Germany, and Australia, it is highly likely.

Start your SEAT Emissions Compensation Claim Today

Thousands of SEAT owners are already claiming their deserved compensation for the Dieselgate emissions scandal. If you believe you are entitled to claim, the panel at can help.

We work on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you pay us nothing at all. We can guide you through your next steps and will talk to you in straight forward English with no legal jargon.

Our panel of SEAT emissions claims solicitors can bring a claim forward on your behalf. We can hold SEAT and the Volkswagen Group to account, while also getting you compensation.

Our experienced legal panel can talk you through your claim, step by step.

Find out today if you are eligible to claim by completing our free to use eligibility checker.