Audi A3 hybrid running costs
As with all plug-ins, the A3 TFSI e has the biggest impact on running costs for company-car users; the financial case for private buyers is less clear-cut
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|27-30||3yrs / 60,000miles||1yr / 9,300 miles||From £469 / £938|
Company-car tax is where the A3 TFSI e makes a real difference to running costs: In S line trim with 18-inch wheels, it sits in the 11% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band during the 2021/22 financial year, rising to 12% in 2022/23. Downgrading to Sport specification (or just choosing 17-inch wheels on the S line) reduces those figures to 7% and 8% respectively.
Otherwise, road tax, insurance and servicing costs aren't much different to a regular petrol or diesel-engined A3. Private buyers will have to assess what sort of use their car will get: if they can charge up at home and mostly stick to short local runs, then it's possible to make big savings on fuel. Those regularly doing long runs may still be better off with a conventional diesel or petrol, especially when you factor in the higher up-front cost of the hybrid.
Audi A3 hybrid insurance group
There's a small variation in insurance ratings between the available trim levels for the A3 TFSI e, with the entry-level Sport in group 27, S line in group 28 and the S line Competition in group 30. That's broadly equivalent to the ratings for the Mercedes A-Class hybrid, which is in groups 28 and 29.
Audi's standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty cover looks a little stingy next to the five or seven-year cover offered by less prestigious brands such as Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and MG, but it does mirror the typical duration of a finance agreement or company-car term. Mercedes and BMW also cover their cars for three years, albeit with no mileage limit.
Audi offers pay-monthly service plans with a 0% interest rate to help customers spread the cost of essential maintenance. At the time of writing, a plan covering the first two services for an A3 TFSI e S line costs just over £22 per month for two years.
Two types of service schedule are used: Fixed (every 9,300 miles or 12 months, whichever comes sooner) and Flexible (up to 18,600 miles or every 24 months, whichever comes sooner). If you tend to drive longer distances on motorways and main roads, Audi recommends Flexible, while Fixed is aimed at low-mileage drivers who do more city and local driving.
As a hybrid, the A3 TFSI e gets a £10 discount on the annual road tax (VED), so you only need to pay £145 after the first year. Be careful about adding too many optional extras though (especially to the £37,000 S line Competition model), as a list price of more than £40,000 means an additional road-tax surcharge of £335 in years two through six of ownership. If you spec your Audi A3 hybrid to over £40,000 the road tax will be £480 per annum.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A3 TFSI e boasts badge prestige, a beautiful interior and low company-car costs, but it's not the best value or most practical petrol-electric hatchback
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe A3 TFSI e compares well with its Mercedes A-Class rival in this regard, but you need to stick to 17-inch wheels if you want the best figures
- 3Running costs - currently readingAs with all plug-ins, the A3 TFSI e has the biggest impact on running costs for company-car users; the financial case for private buyers is less clear-cut
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe A3 TFSI e is both powerful and smooth to drive, but the ride quality leaves a little to be desired, especially on the larger alloy-wheel sizes
- 5Interior & comfortAudi continues to offer some of the best interiors in the business; this is one of the main reasons to choose the A3 TFSI e over its cheaper VW Group stablemates
- 6Practicality & boot spaceAs a five-door 'Sportback' hatchback, the A3 TFSI e is a pretty practical choice, but it does lose some boot space compared to the non-plug-in version
- 7Reliability & safetyThe A3 Sportback has good crash safety rating, however quite a high proportion of Audi owners report faults with their cars