Audi e-tron Sportback running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Charging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron Sportback buyers will want to make use of the car's 150kW rapid-charging capability
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax (20%/40%)|
|48-50||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/18,000 miles||From £252/£504|
The e-tron Sportback is a pretty expensive car to buy; more expensive even than the standard e-tron. But that doesn’t mean it’ll cost a fortune to run. In fact, if you can afford the high list price, you could save a fortune on day-to-day costs. The bills will rack up if you regularly use public rapid-charging points, but topping up at home on an off-peak electricity tariff will cost only a few pounds.
Company-car drivers will be pleased to learn that all fully electric vehicles fall into the 2% Benefit-in-Kind tax band until at least April 2024, significantly undercutting even the most fuel-efficient hybrids. Just beware, though – insuring your e-tron comes with a sting in the tail.
Audi e-tron Sportback insurance group
Whichever way you look at it, the e-tron Sportback occupies the some of the most expensive insurance groupings. Its desirable badge, expensive list price and SUV body mean it commands suitably lofty insurance ratings – even the entry-level Technik sits just two groups from the very top.
Every e-tron Sportback gets a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is little more than par for the course. Some rivals top this with unlimited-mileage cover during the first three years, while more mainstream electric-car manufacturers like Kia back their cars for up to seven years/100,000 miles.
Still, like many electric cars, the e-tron Sportback's battery is covered separately for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. That should give owners peace of mind – especially if they plan to use the car’s 150kW rapid-charging capability on a regular basis.
The e-tron Sportback will need servicing every two years or 18,000 miles – whichever comes soonest. There are four service plans to choose from, starting from as little as £389 outright, or £21 per month. With fewer moving parts and plenty of well-tested components, the e-tron Sportback should be reliable. Features such as regenerative braking should lessen wear on some of the car’s consumables, though its sheer weight may see it eat through tyres faster than you might hope.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIs the less practical but more stylish Sportback coupe variant of Audi's e-tron electric SUV worth the higher asking price?
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Audi e-tron Sportback doesn't have the longest range in its class, but its ability to rapid charge at 150kW makes it an easy car to live with day-to-day
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingCharging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron Sportback buyers will want to make use of the car's 150kW rapid-charging capability
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Audi e-tron Sportback feels quite heavy and cumbersome car to drive; it's relaxing, but not that much fun
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt's very hard to find fault with the e-tron Sportback's cabin – it feels beautifully built and there's loads of technology on offer
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe e-tron Sportback is a big car, which means the compromises you have to make inside for that cool sloping roofline are minimal
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi e-tron has been around for a couple of years now, so the the technology underpinning this Sportback variant should be reliable