Audi A7 hybrid running costs
Low running costs are a feature of the Audi A7 TFSI e, even if high insurance groups ruin the party somewhat
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|45-49||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 9,300 miles||TBC|
Considering the high price of an Audi A7 TFSI e and the performance it offers, its qualifying for low company-car tax will no doubt be appealing to business executives and company directors. That said, Audi isn’t alone in this low-emissions, low-tax premium-car segment – the plug-in Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid and fully electric Tesla Model S being two other impressive options.
Audi A7 hybrid insurance group
Compared to its low CO2 emissions figures, the Audi A7 plug-in hybrid’s insurance groups are through the roof. Entry-level Sport cars with the less powerful engine (badged 50 TFSI e) sit in group 45, whereas plusher models, such as the Competition or Black Edition with the more powerful engine (badged 55 TFSI e) sit in group 49.
The A7, like all new Audis sold in the UK, gets a three-year/60,000-mile warranty standard. Similar to some other manufacturers, Audi doesn’t put a mileage limit on the first two years of cover – i.e. if something protected by the warranty goes wrong after 70,000 miles and 18 months, Audi will fix it.
Regardless, a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty is behind some less expensive rivals. Hyundai, for example, covers all its models for five years (with no mileage cap), while BMW offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty on all its models.
Audi’s recommended service intervals depend on how the car is used. Higher-mileage vehicles that spend more time on motorways and main roads should get serviced every two years or 18,600 miles (whichever comes sooner). Cars that typically do fewer miles and shorter trips are advised to get a service every 12 months or 9,300 miles.
While exact figures for A7 hybrid servicing plans aren’t currently available, Audi typically offers packages based on its cars’ engine size. As the A7 plug-in has a 2.0-litre petrol engine, it’s expected that a two-year servicing plan will cost £529 (or just over £22 per month). These plans cover the next two consecutive services and are for vehicles up to three years old.
Thanks to low CO2 emissions of between 40 and 46g/km the Audi A7 TFSI e qualifies for zero road tax (aka Vehicle Excise Duty, or VED) for the first year of ownership. From the second year onwards, there’s a flat £140 per annum to pay. Furthermore, an additional levy of £325 must be paid in years two to six, due to the Audi having a list price north of £40,000.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A7 TFSI e is good-looking, technologically advanced and efficient plug-in hybrid executive car, but it fails to impress enough to warrant its high price tag
- 2MPG, CO2 & chargingOfficial figures promise low emissions and high fuel economy – but the A7 TFSI e’s battery must be used regularly to get close to claimed numbers
- 3Running costs - currently readingLow running costs are a feature of the Audi A7 TFSI e, even if high insurance groups ruin the party somewhat
- 4Engines, drive & performanceAudi’s A7 hybrid offers plenty of pace, even if it isn’t a match for the diesel and petrol-powered A7s when it comes to driver engagement
- 5Interior & comfortThe A7 TFSI e delivers in all areas an upmarket Audi is expected to, while adding a dash of sportiness to the equation
- 6Practicality & boot spaceSUVs and estate cars may be inherently more practical than sleek four-door coupes, but the A7 TFSI e isn’t as far behind as you might think
- 7Reliability & safetyThe A7 TFSI e has a strong safety rating, but Audi’s customer-satisfaction scores are disappointing for what’s perceived as a premium brand