UK Skoda owners received thousands in compensation after the car manufacturer lied about their emissions. The VW Group paid £193m to 91,000 claimants in May 2022, meaning the Skoda claim is now finished. 

Thousands of Skoda drivers could have been affected by the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal that unfolded in 2015. Volkswagen Group has owned the Czech car manufacturer since 2000, and certain Skoda models have been involved in the emissions court cases ever since.

Skoda is a popular car in the UK, with many high mileage industries opting for the car manufacturer, such as taxi drivers and other company drivers. It is estimated that around 131,569 Skoda vehicles have been embroiled in the dieselgate scandal.

After the out-of-court settlement, the Skoda Emissions claim is now closed.

What was the Skoda Emissions Scandal?

The infamous dieselgate scandal was brought to light in 2015 in USA. The Volkswagen Group admitted to fitting certain cars with a “defeat device” after American regulators had found anomalies in their testing relating to emissions. Certain vehicles fitted with this “defeat device” would ensure that their diesel engines performed differently when they sensed the car was being tested, and therefore were able to pass certain emissions tests.

Tests at the time in America showed that the cars fitted with the defeat devices emitted almost 40 times the permitted US levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a polluting gas that contributes to respiratory diseases, cancer, acid rain and smog.

This affected all of the Volkswagen Group’s subsidiaries too, including Audi, Seat and Skoda. 1.2 million cars were affected in the UK, with 131,569 of them being made by Skoda.

In addition to this, fuel economy on the Skoda vehicles may have been greatly overstated. This has meant those in high mileage industries, like taxis, could have been using a lot more fuel than they thought they would have based from the initial specifications. 

Volkswagen have fought every court case since 2015, but have since paid out £26 billion in fines and compensation worldwide. 

In May 2022, Volkswagen settled the claim out-of-court, and paid over 91,000 claimants £193 million in compensation. 

Which Skoda models were affected?

Millions of cars have been affected worldwide, across VW and their wider brand. Many Skoda vehicles are thought to be affected.

The Skoda NOx Emissions Group Litigation specifically related 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

How much compensation could I have received for a Skoda Emissions Claim?

The average payout for the SEAT emissions scandal was just over £2,100 per vehicle. This was settled outside of court in May 2022.

How do I begin my Skoda dieselgate claim?

Unfortunately, the SEAT Dieselgate claim is now finished and closed for any new claimants. The case was settled by Volkswagen in May 2022. This means you cannot begin your SEAT emission claim for compensation.

If, however, you bought your car using Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) finance, then you may have a claim for Mis-sold PCP compensation. To read more about this, read our specialist ClaimExpert guide here

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 Skoda, 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’


May 2022 - Volkswagen Group settle outside of court, with a £193 million payout.