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Audi A8 hybrid running costs

It's a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid, but the Audi A8 TFSI e is still an expensive car to buy, service and insure

Audi A8 hybrid
Rating
Running costs Rating
Insurance groupsWarrantyService interval2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
48-493yrs / 60,000 miles2yrs / 19,000 milesFrom £2,019 / £4,038

The A8 hybrid wears its eco-friendly credentials on its sleeve, but you can't expect any large Audi to be particularly cheap to run. As with most large cars, the A8 occupies the upper end of the insurance spectrum and has high servicing costs. However, low CO2 emissions mean it should prove a (relatively) shrewd choice for company-car users. 

Audi A8 hybrid insurance group

The A8 is categorised in insurance groups 48 and 49 – just one step down from the highest possible. Its closest rivals are no different, however – the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class hybrids are in groups 50 and 49 respectively. 

Warranty

Audi’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is fairly standard, but can’t quite match those of BMW and Mercedes, whose three-year warranties aren't mileage-limited. 

Servicing

The A8 hybrid requires a service every 19,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. For context, the BMW 7 Series comes with a recommended 19,000-mile/two-year interval, while Mercedes asks that the S-Class be serviced every 15,500 miles or annually. In our sister title Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, servicing costs were flagged as being expensive.

Road tax

In years two to six of ownership you’ll pay £325 a year on top of the standard £140 rate for alternative-fuel vehicles, so £465 annually in total. That’s because the A8 easily breaks the £40,000 barrier that incurs the 'premium' surcharge.

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