Audi e-tron reliability & safety

It's early days yet, but we expect the Audi e-tron to fare well in both areas

Safety and reliability have traditionally been Audi strong points and we don't expect that to change with the transition to electric power. Those thinking of making the switch should have little to worry about.

Audi e-tron reliability & problems

As a brand, Audi finished 18th overall in our sister title Auto Express' 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. That put it behind Jaguar and Lexus, but ahead of German rivals Mercedes and BMW – a reasonable if not excellent showing.

Generally speaking, electric cars are proving to be more reliable than their petrol or diesel-engined counterparts, as with fewer moving parts, there's less to go wrong. Specific data on the e-tron's reliability isn't available yet, though; that'll only come after a year or so of the cars being in customer hands.

Safety

Like Audi's conventionally powered cars, the e-tron is packed with all the very latest safety kit – although it hasn't yet been independently evaluated by the crash-testing experts at Euro NCAP.

Standard safety equipment includes lane-departure warning, cruise control and a speed limiter, as well as forward collision detection, and a full complement of airbags.

Adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alerts and 360-degree collision detection systems can be added as part of option packs. A 360-degree parking camera to help with low-speed manoeuvring in tight quarters can also be specified.