Audi e-tron Sportback running costs
Charging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron buyers will want to make use of the car’s 150kW charging, which will cost you
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|49-50||3yrs / 60,000 miles||2yrs / 18,000 miles||£0|
The Audi e-tron Sportback is an expensive car to buy – not least because you can’t option one in the cheapest Technik and Sport trims available on the standard SUV. But that doesn’t mean it’ll cost a fortune to run.
In fact, if you can afford the high list prices, you could save a fortune on day-to-day running costs. The bills will rack up if you regularly utilise public rapid charge 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 electric vehicles command no Benefit in Kind tax through the 2020/21 tax year, and while that rises slightly in 2021/22, it still significantly undercuts the most fuel-efficient hybrids. Just beware – insuring your e-tron comes with a sting in the tail.
Audi e-tron Sportback insurance group
Whichever way you look at it, the Audi e-tron occupies the some of the most expensive insurance groupings. Its desirable badge, expensive list price and SUV body means it commands suitably lofty insurance ratings – even the entry-level S line sits just one group from the very top. Vorsprung models command top whack.
Every e-tron 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 mainstream makers like Kia back their cars for up to seven years and 100,000 miles.
Still, like many electric cars, the e-tron’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 utilise the car’s rapid 150kW charging speeds on a regular basis.
The Audi e-tron 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 componentary, the e-tron 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.
Like all fully-electric vehicles, the Audi e-tron Sportback is exempt from road tax. It’s also free from the London Congestion Charge and all other low-emission zones.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron electric SUV now has a coupe-style 'Sportback' variant – but is it worth paying more for?
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Audi e-tron doesn’t have the longest pure-electric range in its class, but its ability to rapid charge at 150kW makes it an easy car to live with
- 3Running costs - currently readingCharging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron buyers will want to make use of the car’s 150kW charging, which will cost you
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Audi e-tron Sportback feels like a heavy and cumbersome car to drive; relaxing, but not that much fun
- 5Interior & comfortIt’s hard to find fault with the e-tron Sportback’s cabin – it feels beautifully built and there’s loads of tech on offer
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Sportback is a big car, which means the compromises you’ll have to make for that cool sloping roofline are minimal
- 7Reliability & safetyThe e-tron has been around for a couple of years, so the parts fitted to this Sportback model should be reliable