Audi Q5 hybrid running costs
The Audi Q5 TFSI e is competitively priced and cheap to run if you plug in regularly, but it’s easy to overspend on options and finance is expensive
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20/40%)|
|40-43||3yrs / 60,000 miles||2yrs / 19,000 miles||From £1,030 / £2,061|
Plug the Q5 TFSI e in regularly and you could run around spending virtually nothing on fuel, while the petrol engine is more efficient than the equivalent in the Volvo XC60 when you do have to use it. Charging the battery at home will cost around £2 on an average domestic electricity tariff, or could be as little as £1 if you use off-peak tariffs.Company-car tax is very cheap, too, with the entry-level 50 TFSI e Black Edition costing £2,061 a year for 40% taxpayers as of April 2020 – cheaper than the XC60 T8. Mind you, the 55 TFSI e engine is more closely matched to the cheapest XC60 T8 on power and equipment and comes in at £2,249 per year for a 40% payer. The purchase price is competitive, too, but it’s too easy to spend big on options with the Audi. Key equipment like keyless entry and adaptive cruise control come as part of expensive packs, so if you want to add those and metallic paint you’re looking at some £4,000 of options before you’ve considered a panoramic glass roof. Finance is a bit pricey, too: a deposit of nearly £8,000 on a 50 TFSI e S line leaves you with payments of £580 over three years.
Audi Q5 hybrid insurance group
The Audi Q5 starts at insurance group 40, which is very much in line with what you’ll pay on most high-end SUVs, if not a fraction lower than some rivals. Ratings top out at group 43 for the range-topping Vorsprung Competition variant.
Audi offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty on the Q5, while the hybrid system's batteries are covered for 100,000 miles or eight years.
The Q5 is clever enough to tell you when it needs servicing, which can vary depending on the sort of driving you do, but standard schedule is for a service every two years or 19,000 miles – a longer interval than you’ll enjoy on most rivals.
The Audi costs nothing to tax in the first year, but it costs £140 a year from then on. Plus, it's subject to a premium surcharge of £325 each year of ownership from years two to six, pushing your annual bill during that time to £465.
The Audi is predicted to hold its value very well, with industry forecasts pegging its used value after three years and 60,000 miles to be around 46%, bettering the XC60 T8 that’s expected to hold around 42% after the same period.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is fast, spacious and returns 26 miles of electric-only range
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid will be a joy to live with, and spends a useful amount of time in electric mode even with little battery left
- 3Running costs - currently readingThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is competitively priced and cheap to run if you plug in regularly, but it’s easy to overspend on options and finance is expensive
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Q5 plug-in is comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive, with enough performance to shock yourself and others if you want to
- 5Interior & comfortTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts competitive reliability and customer satisfaction and a good crash-test score, but some key driver aids are optional