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Audi Diesel Emissions Claims

Thousands of Audi owners in the UK were affected by the dieselgate scandal. The VW Group paid £193m to 91,000 claimants in May 2022, meaning the claim is now finished. The ramifications of the scandal, however, are still being felt. 

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to inserting a “cheat device” into many of their cars in order to cheat emissions tests. Audi has been owned by the Volkswagen Group since 1966, and a number of Audi’s cars were fitted with this cheat device.

This has meant that over the past decade thousands of UK citizens could have been driving Audi vehicles that promised better performance and less pollution than was actually the case. Autocar tests have shown that the cars do have a worse fuel economy after the fix.

Audi is a very popular car in the UK, driven by families and businesses alike. This meant many of the 91,000 claimants were Audi owners. 

The claim is now closed.


What was the Audi Emissions Scandal?

In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that 1.2 million of its vehicles sold in the UK were fitted with a cheat software. The case became known as the VW emissions scandal or “dieselgate”.

However, included within these 1.2 million vehicles were cars within the VW Group brand – Audi, Seat, Skoda.

While no definitive emissions tests have yet taken place in the UK, researchers in the US found that when tested on the road, some cars emitted almost 40 times the permitted US levels of nitrogen oxides. The permitted levels do differ in the US and the UK. This is particularly ironic due to Audi’s tagline of “Vorsprung Durch Technik” – “Progress Through Technology”.

In addition to this, it has been reported that many of the senior figures in charge at the time of the use of the cheat device had originated from Audi.

Not only is cheating the NOx emission tests bad for the environment, it can potentially hurt the pockets of Audi customers. Clients who have been affected may have suffered damages because of it. If they have a valid claim they may be able to make a claim for compensation.

In 2017, the Volkswagen Group brand had to recall 4,997 A8 models in Europe fitted with V8 diesel engines to update their software after it was found they emitted too much NOx.

In May 2022, the VW Group paid out £193m to claimants, the first settlement of its kind in the UK. 


What cars were affected by the Audi emissions scandal?

The VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation relates to vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda with a 1.2, 1.6 or 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine, manufactured before 2016.

Other cars may be affected including, Porsche. Whilst no finding or decision has been made in respect of other vehicles such as Porsche, our panel are looking into them.

How to find out if your Audi has been affected by the NOx Emissions scandal

Audi initially sent out letters if your car was affected and they were recalling cars. However, you may not have received this letter or bought on the secondary market in between 2009-2015.

There is currently a link on the Audi website which can help you find out if you have been affected:

EA189 Service Action – How to check if your Audi is affected



Am I eligible to join the Audi emissions lawsuit?

The Audi emissions lawsuit is now over, due to an out-of-court settlement in May 2022. This means, even if you had an eligible vehicle, you are not able to join the Audi emissions lawsuit. 


Why should you have brought a claim for compensation against Audi?

ClaimExperts are asked this question regularly, and we believe there are five reasons:

  • Saving the Environment
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Financial Reimbursement for mis-representation
  • Saving your health
  • No risk to you due to no win, no fee

The key reason is that a multinational company lied to its customers in order to make more profits. This meant that they sold an Audi that was not what was advertised, meaning your health and your pocket could have been affected.

The Volkswagen Group also lied about a dangerous pollutant – NOx. This is responsible for acid rain, global warming, smog and the deterioration of the ozone layer.

Customers of Audi could have claimed compensation for:

  • Added depreciation as a result of finding the cheat device
  • Any increase fuel costs incurred over the years
  • Increased car tax
  • Damages for breach of contract


How much could I have received for an Audi emissions claim?

The average payout for the Audi emissions scandal was just over £2,100 per vehicle.


How can I begin my Audi emissions claim for compensation?

The Audi Emissions claim is now closed. The VW Group paid a settlement to 91,000 claimants in May 2022. 

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 guide here

THE DIESEL MERCEDES CLAIM IS NOW OPEN - Click here to be taken to our dedicated site, to make your claim.

We Are Currently Investigating Other Manufacturers For Possible Emissions Claims And Will Update Our Website When These Claims Are Open. 

You Could Also Be Eligible For A Mis-Sold PCP Claim.

The FCA has found that commission was paid on 95% of UK car finance PCP agreements. If you were not informed about this commission or the finance deal wasn’t right for you, you could be owed thousands in mis-sold car finance compensation. 

Start your mis-sold PCP claim today by completing the quick enquiry form below.

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