Audi e-tron running costs
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|50||3yrs / unlimited mileage||2yrs / 19,000 miles||From £2,286 / £4,572|
As a rough guide, the average electricity tariff comes in at 13p per kWh, which means that a full charge (or around 200 miles of real-world driving range) will cost £11 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.
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.
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.
The Audi needs servicing every two years or 19,000 miles, but servicing is included for four years if you buy the car on Audi finance. There are also fixed-rate servicing deals on offer if you don’t go down that route, starting at £415 per year, which can be spread out into monthly payments.
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 have to pay £320 annually for five years from the second year the car is taxed, but after that the bill drops to zero.
The Audi is a 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 the Tesla Model X manages.