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Audi Q5 hybrid running costs & insurance

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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£36,400 - £106,485
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20/40%)
41-443yrs / 60,000 miles2yrs / 19,000 milesFrom £1,426 / £2,852

Plug the Q5 TFSI e in regularly, and you could spend very little on fuel. Charging the 14.4kWh battery at home will cost £4.32 based on an average rate of 30p per kilowatt-hour; if you have an off-peak tariff, it could be even less. As of April 2023, Company-car tax for the entry-level 50 TFSI e Sport costs £2,567 a year for a 40% taxpayer. Sadly, the Lexus NX 450h+ and plug-in hybrid Volvo XC60 will cost the same 40% taxpayer less due to their longer electricr range – at £1,704 and £1,791 respectively.

Audi Q5 hybrid insurance group

The Audi Q5 starts at insurance group 41, which is lower than some rivals and very much in line with what you'll pay on most high-end SUVs. Ratings top out at group 44 for the range-topping Sportback Black Edition variant.

Warranty

Audi offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty on the Q5, while the hybrid system's batteries have a separate eight-year/100,000-mile policy.

Servicing

The Q5 is clever enough to tell you when it needs servicing, which can vary depending on how you drive it. The standard schedule is for a service every two years or 19,000 miles, a longer interval than you'll enjoy on most rivals, but this can be shorter if you make lots of short journeys. 

Road tax

The first year's road tax is free, but it'll be subject to the reduced rate for hybrid models from then on. You'll also have to pay a premium surcharge each year of ownership from years two to six, pushing your annual bill to £560. After year six, it'll drop to the standard alternative fuel rate.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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