Is the Audi GT Saloon the most luxury EV leasing option?
A big thank you to our Audi suppliers, Audi Worcester , for sending across photos of their latest fleet addition – the Audi E-Tron GT Saloon! As a broker, not a dealership or finance company, we work alongside a select number of franchised dealerships who ensure that our EV-customers receive their vehicles in the most seamless and professional way possible. When a customer places an order with us, we will act as a conduit between the finance company (Alphabet, Lex or Hitachi for example) and the manufacturer.
We do not sell a specific car make or model; we offer any vehicle which meets our customer’s needs and requirements. As such, we try to offer the most impartial and cost-effective advice to our personal and business customers.
The Tesla Plaid+ is no more! As of this week, Tesla announced that the “+” will not feature on the new S – . While the Model S should arrive in the UK towards the end of 2022, a customer will only be able to choose one of two options – 1) the Long Range (costing around £84,000); and 2) the Plaid (costing around £111,000). Tesla have stated that ” This is the best Model S we have ever made, offering record-breaking performance that beats hyper-cars off the line and can also carry up to five passengers in comfort. We occasionally make hardware changes to our products and offering. Model S Plaid is the quickest production vehicle ever made. We are confident customers will be blown away by this product.” So will the Tri-Motor Model S be enough for customers?
With circa 390 miles of range, 200mph top speed and an earth-shattering 0-62 times of 2 seconds, it is likely that this will quench the thirst of even the most hardy of EV-performance fans. Who wouldn’t enjoy the 1020hp anyway?
Is the Porsche Taycan the ultimate car to lease now the Tesla Plaid+ will not be built?
But will Tesla miss-out on an opportunity to dominate the luxury-segment of the EV? One of the most exciting facets of the new Plaid+ was the 500mile range, which would have made this the most significant long-range EV in the world. For some customers who genuinely travel 25,000 miles per annum (and above) this would have presented a great solution. Porsche were very quick to fire back at the Tesla dominance in this sector, with their incredible Taycan Saloon and Cross Turismo products.
As you will see below in the image, there are an array of specifications from a “base” to the “Turbo S”, which are available to buy or lease. With the recognition by many of the UK’s company directors that company car tax was 0% for 2020-21, there was a seismic shift in the business contract hire market towards electric vehicle options. In essence, operating an EV was a FREE company car when compared to the luxury and performance cars previously operated.
While the company pays for the vehicle, the servicing and maintenance, insurance and even the charging on the vehicle, the driver has zero tax deducted from their monthly gross pay. Even in 2021-22, this is only 1% and is therefore still significantly cheaper for the employee than operating a non-EV vehicle. And the great news is that the Porsche is more than just a badge, it really is one of the most exciting electric cars to drive. Indeed, the e-car lease team have already had the pleasure of a test-drive and review after our visit to Porsche Chester
Audi E-tron GT Saloon v Porsche Taycan
Which is better? As many of us know, the Volkswagen group owns both of these products, so the performance and comfort should be very similar in both. So is the Audi just a much cheaper version? As you will see on their website this isn’t the case. With the “base” model Audi GT starting at a similar price as the Porsche Taycan, this is far from “cost-effective”.
Indeed, the Audi will offer you more specification as standard than the Porsche (such is the way of the Porsche) but it won’t exactly see you being labelled as frugal or shrewd. The Audi is very much a high-end luxury vehicle and customers will almost certainly have to pay a premium to enjoy it! Where the introduction of the Audi will assist will be on availability.
The Taycan is an in-demand car and is offered on an allocation basis; no different to any other Porsche model. In contrast, Audi is very much a mass-adoption vehicle and volume is not something which the brand will be reticent to undertake. For some customers, the Audi will be a more subtle product. If you are a company director and want to set a certain impression to your staff, then an Audi may be more relevant than a Porsche.
In terms of the car shown, the Audi E-tron GT Saloon 390kW Quattro 93kWh Vorsprung 4Dr Auto Electric Car, this is based on the following configuration:
- Metallic – Mythos black
- Fine Nappa leather – Black
- 20″” aluminium alloy wheels in a 5 twin spoke design in platinum look
- Carbon twill inlays
- E-tron sport sound
As standard the car includes an 11KW onboard charger for AC charging, 18-way adjustable sports seats pro with perforated fine nappa leather upholstery, 3 spoke sport leather flat bottom heated steering wheel, multifunction plus, climate control.
Acoustic vehicle alerting system, Adaptive air suspension, Adaptive cruise assist with emergency assist, Ambient Lighting Package plus – e-tron GT, Anti-theft alarm, Audi phone box with wireless charging, Audi virtual cockpit, Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.
City assist pack – e-tron GT, DAB Digital radio, Electrically adj heated/folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory, Fixed panoramic glass roof, Heated front and rear seats, Heat pump, Keyless Go, LED rear lights with dynamic light configuration and dynamic indicators.
Lane departure warning system, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch + Twin touch screens with haptic feedback, Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light, dynamic light sequencing and dynamic, Night vision assistant, Parking assistance pack with remote parking pilot – eTron GT, Privacy glass, Parking assistance pack with remote parking pilot – eTron GT, Tour pack – e-tron GT and Windscreen with heat insulating and acoustic glazing. In terms of additional options, consider the leather pack, a radiator grille in body colour or the e-tron sport sound.
On the technical-side company car and business users can note the P11d at £105,945.00 and CO2 at 0g/km. The 85kWh usable battery offers a real range of around 250 miles on a full charge.
In winter, the e-Tron GT will offer around 210 miles and in summer you can expect around 285 miles.
The car will reach 0-62 in 3.3 seconds, offer 637hp and get you to a 155mph top speed.
The Audi e-Tron can charge at a maximum of 11kW AC, which will take just over 9 hours to achieve a full charge. A home charger at 7.4kW will take circa 13-14 hours to achieve the same. In terms of rapid charge, the Audi can charge at a maximum power of 270kW DC, with 10-80% being reached in just 21 minutes.