Audi e-tron GT: running costs & insurance
The Audi e-tron GT is expensive to buy and insure, but other expenses should be lower than the equivalent petrol four-door sports car
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The majority of electric cars are much cheaper to run than comparable combustion-engined models, but when you get to expensive premium cars like the e-tron GT, insurance can be pretty expensive and private buyers need to factor in depreciation rates, too. Nonetheless, generally ultra-low running costs are one of the huge upsides to choosing electric over petrol or diesel power at this end of the market.
Audi e-tron GT insurance group
No matter which version of the e-tron GT you pick, your premium will be calculated based on the highest of the insurance industry's 50 vehicle groupings. This is hardly surprising when you consider the e-tron GT is such an expensive, advanced and high-performance car, and it's the one area where costs are likely to match or exceed those for an equivalent combustion-engined model.
The e-tron GT is covered by the same standard manufacturer warranty as all of Audi's petrol and diesel-engined models; this lasts for three years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes sooner. Additionally, the e-tron GT's battery is guaranteed against its performance degrading for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Like all Audi models, this can be extended – for a price. As of the time of writing, extending the e-tron GT’s manufacturer warranty to four years and 75,000 miles will set you back an additional £700, while doing so further to five years and 90,000 miles will cost £1,800.
The Audi e-tron GT – like all electric models from the brand – must be serviced after the first year or 10,000 miles (whichever comes soonest) to check the state of the car. Thereafter, owners must get their e-tron GT serviced every two years or 20,000 miles. Servicing costs should be lower than other high-end Audis too, thanks to the e-tron GT having fewer moving parts.
Like all pure-electric cars, the Audi e-tron is liable for zero road tax (VED) until August 2025. Those lucky enough to be considering the e-tron GT for a company car will only be liable for the lowest 2% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate, making the sporty Audi saloon surprisingly frugal to run in that regard. It’s also exempt from London’s Congestion Charge, as well as the ULEZ Charge if you’re planning to venture in and out of the capital.
The Audi e-tron GT is rather expensive, so you’d hope it’d have the same strong residuals as other premium German cars. Unfortunately, we’d avoid the e-tron GT if you aren’t prepared to lose tens of thousands of pounds in depreciation, with Audi’s flagship only projected to hold onto anything between 40-45% of its value over the first three years and 36,000 miles of ownership.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron GT is an extremely impressive entry into the high-end electric sports saloon class from the German brand
- 2Range, battery & chargingDespite its poor efficiency, ultra-rapid charging helps the e-tron GT earn its 'Grand Tourer' billing
- 3Running costs & insurance rating - currently readingThe Audi e-tron GT is expensive to buy and insure, but other expenses should be lower than the equivalent petrol four-door sports car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe e-tron GT makes for a very impressive performance car, but with more of a focus on long-distance comfort than its Porsche Taycan cousin
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe e-tron GT has a typically luxurious and well designed Audi interior
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Audi e-tron GT is practical for a sports car, but estate versions of the Porsche Taycan are even more so
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe e-tron GT should be very safe, but Audi’s reliability and owner satisfaction ratings leave a lot to be desired