Audi A6 hybrid running costs
The Audi A6 50 TFSI e makes most sense as a company car – the running-costs savings elsewhere are less impressive
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|40-45||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 12,000 miles (est)||From £1,055 / £2,109|
As with so many plug-in hybrids, company-car users benefit most from the plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the A6 TFSI e. Its low CO2 emissions mean a Benefit-in-Kind rate of 10% regardless of which model you pick, with entry-level Sport cars offering the best bang for your buck. This rate will go up by 1% each year in 2021/22 and 2022/23, but the savings compared to running a conventional petrol A6 remain substantial.
However, there's a catch if you're a private buyer: high insurance, big servicing bills and the aforementioned fuel-economy dilemma mean many in this category may be better off with a diesel A6 instead. Still, the plug-in A6 knows its target market and plays to that.
Audi A6 hybrid insurance group
The A6 TFSI e occupies insurance group 40 or 45 out of 50 depending on how it's specced, which is higher than the group 40 rating for the sportier, faster Audi S6. It's safe to assume that as a private owner you'll have to stump up a considerable amount for your premium – this is due largely to the increased cost of potential repairs to the car's battery and electric motor.
Audi offers a three-year warranty with unlimited mileage in the first two years, but a 60,000-mile cap in year three – much the same as you get with a Mercedes. The hybrid system's battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. For context, the BMW 530e gets an unlimited-mileage three-year warranty, but only six years and 60,000 miles of battery cover.
Audi offers fixed-price servicing options that can help spread the cost of maintenance during ownership. According to Audi's website, a two-service plan will cost £529 for the A6 TFSI e, or a few pence over £22 a month.
There's no road tax to pay in the first year, but you're unlikely to notice, as this amount is usually rolled into cars' on-the-road price. The A6's list price starts at over £40,000 and so owners have to make an extra payment in years two to six of ownership of £325 per annum, on top of the standard alternative-fuel flat rate of £140 a year. That means you'll pay a total of £465 a year over that period.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi was late to the plug-in hybrid party with its A6 50 TFSI e, but it's a decent enough crack at a tax-efficient large company car
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi A6 50 TFSI e is efficient, but its electric range isn't quite as long as rivals'
- 3Running costs - currently readingThe Audi A6 50 TFSI e makes most sense as a company car – the running-costs savings elsewhere are less impressive
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe A6 TFSI e is a smooth, refined and powerful saloon car, but it's not as engaging to drive as its BMW 530e rival
- 5Interior & comfortInside, the Audi A6 TFSI is large, comfortable and spacious, plus it has a great infotainment system
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Audi A6 TFSI e is big enough inside to seat four adults in supreme comfort, but boot space is less than in the purely petrol or diesel versions
- 7Reliability & safetyAudi hasn't performed as well as you might expect for reliability of late, but the A6 TFSI e should be a very safe car