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Audi e-tron running costs

The usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs rating

3.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
49-503yrs / unlimited mileage2yrs / 19,000 miles£0

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.

Audi e-tron insurance group

Due to its performance and price, the e-tron 55 is in the maximum possible insurance group: 50. The less expensive e-tron 50 models aren't going to cost significantly less to cover, as they're only rated one group lower.

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

As of March 2020, the Audi e-tron enjoys the total exemption from road tax that previously applied to more affordable (sub-£40,000) zero-emissions cars. And like all electric cars, the e-tron will cost company-car drivers nothing in BiK during the 2020/21 financial year, but the Audi is more expensive to buy than the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace.

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