Tesla Model Y vs Audi Q4 e-tron: running costs and warranty
While both cars have hefty price tags, the Model Y’s expected high insurance group rating means the Audi triumphs here
Like all electric vehicles, both the Audi and Tesla are ideal company cars, as they attract a BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) company-car tax rate of just 1% during the 2021/22 financial year. That means 20% taxpayers will fork out just £107 a year to run a Q4 e-tron 50 quattro, or £110 for the Model Y Long Range. Both are also exempt from road tax (VED) as well as the London Congestion Charge and other clean air zone charges for the time being.
We’ve yet to get insurance ratings for the Model Y, but given that the Long Range version of the closely related Model 3 is in group 50 (the highest there is), we expect it’ll attract the same rating. The Audi is better than the Tesla in this respect, because our top-of-the-range 50 quattro model in S line trim lands in group 37, while less expensive versions attract even lower ratings.
That has to be balanced against the fact that the Tesla was more efficient than the Audi, returning 3.8 miles per kWh. As a result, it would cost you around £455 a year to cover 12,000 miles in the Model Y if you charge at home on a typical energy tariff of 13p per kWh. The Audi, meanwhile, would cost slightly more, as it returned 3.4 miles per kWh, which equates to around £508 a year to cover 12,000 miles at the same rate. Of course, both of those figures can be reduced even further if you're on a dual-rate tariff.
However, while neither car gets anything as long-lasting as Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, both have guarantees for a decent amount of time. The Q4’s is limited to three-years/60,000 miles, while the Tesla’s stretches to four years, but the mileage limit is slightly shorter, at 50,000 miles.
In This Review
- 1IntroWe pit two of the hottest premium compact electric SUVs of the year head-to-head to see if relative new kid on the block Tesla can beat heavy hitter Audi
- 2Range and chargingThe Model Y Long Range falls short of the distance the equivalent Model 3 manages on a charge, but it's efficient and offers great recharging speed
- 3Performance and handlingThe Q4 e-tron has enough 'poke' for everyday driving, but only a handful of electric SUVs on the road come close to matching the Model Y's performance
- 4Space and practicalityThanks to its enormous boot and sizable front trunk, the Model Y offers plenty of cargo space as well as a spacious cabin – but so does the Q4 e-tron
- 5Interior and infotainmentBoth cars’ cabins are packed with the latest technology and have a minimalist design
- 6Running costs and warranty - currently readingWhile both cars have hefty price tags, the Model Y’s expected high insurance group rating means the Audi triumphs here
- 7Safety and reliabilityThe Q4 e-tron boasts a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating and the Tesla Model 3’s similarly high score is a positive sign of what to expect from the Model Y
- 8Verdict and specificationsThe Model Y takes the crown thanks to its rapid-charging capability, storming performance and vast interior space – however the Q4 e-tron’s styling (inside and out) is sure to win many over