Audi Q8 e-tron running costs & insurance
The usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi Q8 e-tron is expensive to buy
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|44-50||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/19,000 miles||From £271/£542|
Like all electric cars, the cost-per-mile of running the Audi Q8 e-tron depends on where you charge it most, what energy tariff you're on and how heavily you depend on public charging networks.
We’d recommend doing some sums before taking the plunge. Work out how many miles you expect to cover and what type of charging you expect to use most often. If you can take advantage of off-peak rates at home, even something like the Q8 e-tron could cost mere pennies to run.
However, as you might expect of a flagship £60k-plus electric SUV, insurance prices are high, and you’ll still need to factor in regular servicing. But if you’re currently running a petrol or diesel model and are looking at a Q8 e-tron as a company car, then you could save a pretty penny on Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.
Audi e-tron insurance group
Due to their performance and price, the Q8 55 e-tron (bar the entry-level Sport trim) and the range-topping SQ8 e-tron sit in the very top insurance group 50. The less expensive 50 e-tron model isn't going to cost significantly less to cover, as it's only one group lower.
The Q8 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.
The Audi Q8 e-tron is currently zero-rated for road tax (VED), but like all electric cars that will end in 2025. The same applies to EV’s exemption from the London Congestion Charge.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi's flagship electric SUV has been updated with bigger batteries and more range, but it still puts comfort first
- 2Range, battery & chargingExtensive updates to the e-tron include bigger batteries and faster charging; but the Q8 is still heavy and not very efficient
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi Q8 e-tron is expensive to buy
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Audi Q8 e-tron is comfortable and smooth, but far from the last word in sportiness
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Audi Q8 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 Q8 e-tron is practical and family-friendly
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi Q8 e-tron fares well in both of these areas, with loads of advanced driver aids and a five-star Euro NCAP score