Audi A8 hybrid reliability & safety
The Audi A8 TFSI e is still too new for us to assess its long-term reliability, but it should be very safe
The Audi A8 has yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, so there’s no score by which to compare it against its rivals. However, it’s easy to extrapolate the test results of other large Audis like the Q8, A7 and A6 and safely assume that the A8 will easily follow suit with the equivalent of five-star safety.
Similarly, without much long-term data on how Audi’s latest TFSI e hybrid powertrain and all that on-board technology fares over thousands of miles, we can only speculate for now as to the reliability of Audi’s flagship.
Audi A8 hybrid reliability & problems
The plug-in hybrid Audi A8 is too new for us to draw any meaningful conclusions about long-term reliability, but our sister title Auto Express' Driver Power survey results go some way towards predicting what to expect from Audi ownership.
In the 2020 survey, Audi owners rated their cars worryingly low for build quality and reliability, with one in five having experienced a problem They did put the brand ahead of its German rivals BMW and Mercedes when it came to the overall ownership experience and were particularly impressed with interior quality.
No Euro NCAP crash-test as yet means there’s no official rating for the A8, but we can assume the A8 is a very safe car to travel in. As Audi’s flagship model, it gets all the very best on-board safety and driver-assistance technology you could wish for, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, 360-degree parking sensors, traffic-sign recognition and automatic emergency braking as standard.
As per the Audi norm, this list can be bolstered by selecting the right option packs – the £1,695 Comfort and Sound pack adds a 360-degree parking camera, along with some interior goodies, while the City Assistance pack adds cross-traffic alerts at the front along with Audi Side Assist (blind-spot monitoring) and Audi Pre-Sense Rear, which preempts a rear impact by closing any open windows and tightening seatbelts. The A8 has a front-facing version of this system as standard.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe flagship Audi A8 60 TFSI e is a great showcase for how well suited plug-in hybrid power is to luxury limousines
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi A8 TFSI e competes strongly with its closest rivals when it comes to fuel-efficiency, range and charging speed
- 3Running costsIt's a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid, but the Audi A8 TFSI e is still an expensive car to buy, service and insure
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIt’s easy to love the Audi A8 TFSI e's effortless performance and sublime refinement, but there are some small niggles
- 5Interior & comfortPlush materials, top-tier technology and acres of space make the Audi A8 TFSI e one of the most luxurious saloons around
- 6Practicality & boot spaceAs one of the largest cars in Audi’s range, the A8 TFSI e majors on space, if not ultimate versatility
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Audi A8 TFSI e is still too new for us to assess its long-term reliability, but it should be very safe