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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20/40%)|
|40-43||3yrs / 60,000 miles||2yrs / 19,000 miles||From £1,426 / £2,852|
Plug the Q5 TFSI e in regularly and you could run around spending virtually nothing on fuel. Charging the battery at home will cost around £3 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 Sport costing £2,852 a year for 40% taxpayers as of April 2022 – cheaper than the plug-in hybrid Volvo XC60. Mind you, when available the 55 TFSI e engine was more closely matched to the cheapest XC60 T8 on power and equipment, coming in at just under £3,000 per year for a 40% payer.
Audi Q5 hybrid insurance group
The Audi Q5 starts at insurance group 41, 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 44 for the range-topping Vorsprung 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 the 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 the reduced rate for hybrid models from then on. Plus, it's subject to a premium surcharge each year of ownership from years two to six, pushing your annual bill during that time to around £500.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is a fast and spacious plug-in hybrid SUV capable of covering up to 37 miles on electric power alone, but like its rivals, it has a hefty price tag
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThanks to a mid-life update that included a larger battery, the plug-in hybrid Q5 can now cover well over 30 miles on electric power and offers competitive fuel-economy figures
- 3Running costs & insurance - 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
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Q5 plug-in is comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive, but packs plenty of performance as well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts good crash-test scores, however the German brand’s performance in the Driver Power owner survey leaves something to be desired
- 8Living with itIt's one of our favourite plug-in hybrid SUVs, but how does the high-performance family car work in the real world? We found out with a long-term test...