Audi e-tron running costs

The usual electric-car advantages apply here, but the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially

Insurance group Warranty Service interval 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
50 3yrs / unlimited mileage 1yr / 15,000 miles From £2,286 / £4,572

Like all electric cars, the cost-per-mile of running the Audi e-tron depends on where you charge it most, what energy tariff you're on and whether you're a member of a public charging network.

As a rough guide, the average electricity tariff comes in at around 14p per kWh, which means that a full charge (or around 200 miles of real-world driving range) will cost £13 from a home car charger; significantly cheaper than running a large petrol or diesel SUV.

Many public rapid chargers cost double that, but remember most people seldom charge up regularly on these devices. On the occasions you do use a rapid charger, factor in around £12 for every 100 miles of range.

It goes without saying that company-car tax is low on the e-tron for such a high-end performance SUV, but the Audi is more expensive to buy than the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace.

So if you're in a position to squeeze such an expensive car through the company books, you'll pay around £400 more per year in Benefit-in-Kind for the Audi than you will for the Mercedes or Jaguar (when comparing entry-level models, at least). 

Audi e-tron insurance group

Due to its performance and price, the e-tron is in the maximum possible insurance group: 50. Its close rival the Jaguar I-Pace is in group 48. 

Warranty

The e-tron is covered by Audi's standard three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer guarantee, however there's also an eight-year/100,000-mile policy that covers the battery.  This means it'll be replaced if its performance or ability to hold charge degrades excessively in that time.

Servicing

Exact servicing details for the e-tron on the UK market haven't yet been confirmed, but it's fair to assume a longer service interval and lower costs than for an equivalent petrol or diesel Audi Q5.

Road tax

A list price well north of £40,000 means the Audi e-tron doesn't enjoy the total exemption from road tax that applies to more affordable zero-emissions cars. Owners will have to pay £320 annually for five years from the second year the car is taxed, but after that the bill drops to zero again.

Depreciation

The Audi is a reasonably strong performer here, matching the I-Pace's claimed residual value of 54% after three years or 36,000 miles' ownership, which is better than what the Tesla Model X manages.