Audi e-tron costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|49-50||3yrs / unlimited mileage||2yrs / 19,000 miles||From £122 / £245|
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 their performance and price, the e-tron 55 and the range-topping e-tron S are 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.
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.
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.
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. It's also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi's first production electric car is impressive, but also outclassed by rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X
- 2Range, battery & chargingWhile the Audi e-tron's range isn't the best in its class, it offers rapid charging for quick service-station top-ups
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Audi e-tron is comfortable and smooth, but far from the last word in sportiness
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Audi e-tron has a fantastic interior and features some showstopping technology
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalitySeven seats aren't an option, but in other respects the Audi e-tron is practical and family-friendly
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi e-tron fares well in both of these areas, with loads of advanced driver aids and a five-star Euro NCAP score