Audi e-tron GT review: reliability & safety rating
The e-tron GT should be very safe, but Audi’s reliability and owner satisfaction ratings leave a lot to be desired
Impartial data on safety and reliability for the e-tron GT has yet to emerge, as it’s yet to sell in huge numbers. Given it's based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan though, it's reasonable to take some reassurance from that car's five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating. It'll take longer for any reliability issues to emerge, but electric cars in general have much less to go wrong than their diesel or petrol-engined counterparts.
Audi e-tron GT reliability & problems
As mentioned, we have very little to go off of regarding Audi e-tron GT reliability – although we’re yet to hear of any horror stories. What is unpleasant news, however, is Audi’s recent performance in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey; the German brand placed a worrying 30th out of 32 manufacturers, with Porsche topping the ranking and Tesla finishing within the top 10. Roughly 23% of owners reported faults with their car within the first year of ownership – an average figure – but the most common reported issues surrounded the electrical systems, which isn’t ideal given the e-tron GT’s fully-electric powertrain.
The Audi e-tron GT hasn't yet been crash-tested by the independent experts at Euro NCAP, but will of course have undergone rigorous 'in-house' crash-testing at Audi before being put on sale. Euro NCAP has evaluated the e-tron GT's closely-related sister model the Porsche Taycan, however, awarding it the maximum five-star score. The Porsche's adult occupant protection was rated at 85%, it scored 83% for child occupant protection and its safety assistance systems garnered a 73% rating. A similar performance can be expected from the e-tron GT, but we'll have to wait and see if Euro NCAP decides to test it to find out for sure.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron GT is an extremely impressive entry into the high-end electric sports saloon class from the German brand
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith an official range approaching 300 miles and very fast charging speeds, the e-tron GT can live up to its 'Grand Tourer' billing
- 3Running costs & insurance ratingThe Audi e-tron GT is expensive to buy and insure, but other expenses should be lower than the equivalent petrol four-door sports car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe e-tron GT makes for a very impressive performance car, but with more of a focus on long-distance comfort than its Porsche Taycan cousin
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe e-tron GT has a typically luxurious and well designed Audi interior
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Audi e-tron GT is practical for a sports car, but estate versions of the Porsche Taycan are even more so
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe e-tron GT should be very safe, but Audi’s reliability and owner satisfaction ratings leave a lot to be desired