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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 15.3 - 18.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 7.7 - 9.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 2.3 - 2.7 miles/kWh
  • Cheaper per mile in fuel costs
  • Quite expensive to buy though
  • Then again, 0% benefit in kind…

In theory E-Tron Sportback running costs should be very low – providing you charge it on one of those split electricity tariffs with cheap overnight kilowatts, a full tank should cost less than a trip to the cinema.

Audi says you can expect around 240 miles between charges in the Sportback, slightly more than the SUV because of its slippery profile. But in reality few owners are going to let the battery run out and then fully charge it, more likely you’ll hover somewhere between 50-80% with regular top ups at the office or at home.

For reference a 7kW wall box needs about 14 hours to fully charge a 55 Quattro, or 10.5 hours for the 50 Quattro version. That means most drivers will be able to get more than enough range overnight.

Audi e-Tron Sportback charging

Helping matters is a very powerful braking regeneration system that provides the sole method of slowing down in 90% of driving situations. That should reduce the cost of mechanical brake pad and disc wear, too.

A heat pump also uses wasted warmth from the battery to boost the performance of the air conditioning, and is responsible for improving the car’s range by up to 10%.

Finally there’s the option of rapid DC charging when out and about – by far and away the most expensive way to top up the battery, but also the quickest. Expect a 0-80% fill in the Sportback 55 Quattro to take as little as 30 minutes at a 150kW charger.

The pricey outlay will offset the cheap fuel in terms of outright running costs, but if you’re a company car driver this Sportback can currently be had for 0% benefit in kind, meaning it could be a very affordable option.

Reliability

  • Separate battery warranty
  • One recall for SUV model
  • Still a bit of a hard call to make

The E-Tron Sportback itself is covered by a three year warranty, while the battery gets its own special eight year, 100,000 mile warranty.

Two things to consider here – mainstream electric propulsion of this kind is still relatively new, but there’s also far fewer moving parts to go wrong.

Audi e-Tron Sportback front boot

The long and short of it is, we don’t really know with any certainly whether the E-tron Sportback will be a reliable car, other than to say much of its interior is used elsewhere, and that the SUV model certainly seems to be holding up well.

That care has had one safety recall since its launch in 2019 when water was entering the battery pack, potentially causing a risk of fire.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 44 - 50
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