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%)|
|41-44||3yrs / 60,000 miles||2yrs / 19,000 miles||From £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.
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.
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.
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.
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, but 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...