Audi A7 hybrid reliability & safety
The A7 TFSI e has a strong safety rating, but Audi’s customer-satisfaction scores are disappointing for what’s perceived as a premium brand
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2018)||93%||85%||76%|
All Audi A7s have to be capable of a wide variety of motoring tasks – they may serve as a London to Leeds mile-muncher in the week and then take the kids to all kinds of activities at the weekend. With this in mind, a five-star safety rating may be viewed as a necessity if an A7 is to compete with rivals. Fortunately, Euro NCAP awarded the Audi its maximum mark when the car was evaluated in 2018.
Audi A7 hybrid reliability & problems
Audi’s latest A7 has yet to appear in the annual Driver Power car ownership survey, but as a manufacturer, Audi finished 21st out of 30 brands ranked in the most recent edition. While such a result is undeniably disappointing for a premium brand, especially compared to Lexus (first) and Jaguar (12th), Audi did rank higher than German rivals BMW (27th) and Mercedes (28th). For reference, the highest-placed Audi was the second-generation Q5 (launched in 2017) which ranked 46th out of the 75 individual cars that were rated.
To delve a deeper into the A7’s safety rating, it scored highest for adult occupant protection with a rating of 93%. After which it was child occupant protection at 85%, then vulnerable road users at 81% and finally safety assist at 76%.
Despite safety assist being the poorest scored area, entry-level A7 TFSI e Sport models come with a good roster of safety equipment as standard. This includes lane-departure warning, a collision-avoidance system (which Audi calls ‘Pre-Sense Front’), a rear-view camera and automatic lights and wipers.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A7 TFSI e is good-looking, technologically advanced and efficient plug-in hybrid executive car, but it fails to impress enough to warrant its high price tag
- 2MPG, CO2 & chargingOfficial figures promise low emissions and high fuel economy – but the A7 TFSI e’s battery must be used regularly to get close to claimed numbers
- 3Running costsLow running costs are a feature of the Audi A7 TFSI e, even if high insurance groups ruin the party somewhat
- 4Engines, drive & performanceAudi’s A7 hybrid offers plenty of pace, even if it isn’t a match for the diesel and petrol-powered A7s when it comes to driver engagement
- 5Interior & comfortThe A7 TFSI e delivers in all areas an upmarket Audi is expected to, while adding a dash of sportiness to the equation
- 6Practicality & boot spaceSUVs and estate cars may be inherently more practical than sleek four-door coupes, but the A7 TFSI e isn’t as far behind as you might think
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe A7 TFSI e has a strong safety rating, but Audi’s customer-satisfaction scores are disappointing for what’s perceived as a premium brand