Owners of diesel engine vehicles with an EA 189 EU5 engine (1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 litre) that were sold between 2008 and 2014.

The breakdown of the affected cars is as follows:

  • VW private cars – 508,276
  • VW Commercial vehicles – 79,838
  • Audi – 393,450
  • Seat – 76,773
  • Skoda – 131,569

So far the following car brands are affected:

  • Volkswagen Jetta CleanDiesel (2009-2015)
  • Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen (2009-2015)
  • Volkswagen Beetle (2012-2015)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible CleanDiesel (2012-2015)
  • Volkswagen Golf CleanDiesel (2010 – 2015)
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen CleanDiesel (2015) 
  • Volkswagen Passat CleanDiesel (2012 – 2015)
  • Audi A3 TDI (2010-2015)
  • Seat – models unknown 
  • Skoda – models unknown 
  • Bugatti - models unknown 
  • Lamborghini – models unknown

Vehicles fitted with the cheat software can be identified by their Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) number. A VIN serves as a car’s fingerprint; this unique identifier is fitted to all vehicles.

A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters). The easiest way to find it is to stand outside the vehicle on the driver's side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. If the VIN cannot be found there, open the driver's side door and look at the door post (where the door latches when it is closed).

Once you have located your VIN number visit one of the relevant sites as detailed below:

  • Click here to go to the VW website
  • Click here to go to the Audi website
  • Click here to go to the Skoda website
  • Click here to go to the SEAT website

New information has come to light that CO2 emissions have also been falsified. It is understood that the cars affected are 1.4 litre VW Polos, Golfs, the Audi A1 and A3 and some models of Seat and Skoda cars.

If you establish that your car is fitted with the cheat device (either by checking the VW website yourself or having been contacted by your dealership), please register with us using the form on the our emissions update page.

Given the increased pollution would you recommend getting the software update fitted?

This is ultimately your decision. The cars remain roadworthy without the update, but any claim we are seeking to bring is for losses suffered following the fix. You should also consider how not fixing the car may impact on any warranties and insurance policies you may have and in this regard it is probably advisable if you contact VW / Audi direct.

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