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 2yrs / 19,000 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 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.

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

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. 

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 have to pay £320 annually for five years from the second year the car is taxed, but after that the bill drops to zero.

Depreciation

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.