Audi e-tron running costs

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

Like all electric cars, the cost per mile of running the Audi e-tron depends on whether you charge it largely at home, what energy tariff you're on and whether you're a member of a public charging network, or just use public chargers on an ad-hoc basis. In nearly all cases, however, it'll be significantly cheaper to run than an equivalent large petrol or diesel SUV.

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.