Audi e-tron running costs

The usual electric-car advantages apply here, but the 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

We don't yet know exactly what insurance groups the Audi e-tron will fall into for UK drivers, but it's not likely to be cheap to insure: close rival the Jaguar I-Pace is in group 48 out of 50, so expect the e-tron to be in at least group 40, if not higher.

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, guaranteeing 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 £310 a year the first five years the car is taxed, but after that the annual bill drops to zero.

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.