Audi e-tron SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Some rivals can beat the e-tron's 248-mile range, but none can match its fast-charging capability
Although zero-emissions cars are exempt from VED (‘vehicle excise duty’ or road tax), at around £70,000 the e-tron is priced comfortably above the £40,000 cutoff at which a £310 annual road tax surcharge is payable. However, these payments cease after the fifth year, and you can still enjoy exemption from the London Congestion Charge.
Audi e-tron battery range and charging time
Audi claims that the e-tron's 95kWh battery can take you 248 miles on a single charge, as calculated using the latest WLTP methods for measuring fuel consumption and EV range. While many will find that more than far enough for a typical day of driving, some far less expensive EVs – the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, for example – can eclipse that figure.
Furthermore, driving the e-tron in the hot environs of Abu Dhabi – admittedly with the air conditioning running at full power – did see the car's range drop rapidly. On a 31 mile drive, the display indicated a 62-mile decrease in driving range.
Those planning to make really long journeys will be comforted by Audi's inclusion of 150kW DC fast-charger compatibility, although it's not currently supported in the UK. When such chargers arrive here, though, it's said that just over half an hour of charging could take the battery to 80% capacity. Until then you can use a 50kW charger, which will provide an 80% charge in under 90 minutes. You can also charge at up to 11kW from a domestic 230v mains supply, with 22kW "connect" charging available as an option via a 400v connection.
Audi uses several technologies to optimise driving range, and the e-tron's regenerative braking system is claimed to make a huge contribution towards energy conservation. In fact, Audi claims that it allows over 90% of all braking maneuvers to be handled by the energy recuperation system alone, with no need for the conventional disc brakes to be used. The car's brake control system can determine whether to slow the car using the electric motor or wheel brakes, or any combination of the two.
The Audi e-tron sits in the top group 50 insurance bracket. While electric cars are growing in popularity, they haven't yet become the norm, and as such, insurance costs can vary wildly between models. The Association of British Insurers (ABI), who decide on insurance group ratings in the UK, placed the e-tron's Jaguar I-Pace rival in group 48 out of 50, despite being considerably less powerful than the most powerful conventional SUV from the company – the Jaguar F-Pace SVR petrol is rated in group 41.
Audi has announced servicing packages for the e-tron, which will help you to budget for ongoing maintenance. 'Level 1' servicing costs just over £400 and covers the e-tron for two years/18,000 miles, the inspection of the electric powertrain and charging cables, along with replacing the pollen filter and brake fluid. Further levels extend the period of maintenance and introduce MOTs when the e-tron is three years old.
The e-tron comes with Audi's standard three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer warranty, and there's an additional eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty – a similar policy to that provided by Jaguar for the I-Pace. Tesla, meanwhile, offers the same duration of battery warranty, but with no mileage limit. The e-tron’s battery itself is bought with the car, and Audi currently offers no battery lease option.