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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£63,660 - £105,260
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax (20%/40%)
48-503yrs/60,000 miles2yrs/18,000 milesFrom £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.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

Road tax

Like all fully electric vehicles for the time being, the e-tron Sportback is zero-rated for road tax (VED). It’s also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025.

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