Audi e-tron running costs
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.