Audi e-tron Sportback reliability & safety
The Audi e-tron has been around for a couple of years now, so the the technology underpinning this Sportback variant should be reliable
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||91%||85%||76%|
Audi has a very good reputation for quality and reliability, even if this wasn’t backed up by real-life owners in the most recent Driver Power satisfaction survey. However, electric car owners in general are reporting fewer mechanical issues, and given the fact the standard e-tron has been on sale for a couple of years now, we don’t expect any major reliability problems.
Whichever way you look at it, however, the e-tron Sportback is one of the safest cars on sale. With a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, and strong individual scores in each of the individual categories – there are few safer ways to transport your family.
Audi e-tron Sportback reliability & problems
Audi placed a disappointing 21st (out of 30) in the most recent Driver Power survey, putting the brand in the bottom third when it comes to owner satisfaction. Still, that was ahead of rivals like Mercedes and BMW – if slightly behind Jaguar in 12th.
Audi owners were particularly disappointed with their cars’ reliability and build quality, though electric cars are generally more reliable due to the fact there are fewer moving parts and there’s therefore less to go wrong. The e-tron itself, either in standard or Sportback guise, didn’t feature in the rundown of the top 75 cars, so it’s hard to be any more specific in this area.
This Sportback variant hasn’t been individually evaluated by independent crash-test body Euro NCAP, but the conventional SUV has – posting an enviable five-star rating when it was assessed in 2019. It scored top scores in all categories, including an impressive 91% for adult occupant protection. This is further helped by a strong list of safety kit – the e-tron managed a 76% score in the Safety Assist category – including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, a plethora of airbags and of course Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron electric SUV now has a coupe-style 'Sportback' variant – but is it worth paying more for?
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Audi e-tron Sportback doesn’t have the longest range in its class, but its ability to rapid charge at 150kW makes it an easy car to live with day-to-day
- 3Running costsCharging at home is cheapest, but many e-tron Sportback buyers will want to make use of the car's 150kW charging, which will cost you
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Audi e-tron Sportback feels like a heavy and cumbersome car to drive; relaxing, but not that much fun
- 5Interior & comfortIt’s hard to find fault with the e-tron Sportback’s cabin – it feels beautifully built and there’s loads of tech on offer
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe e-tron Sportback is a big car, which means the compromises you’ll have to make for that cool sloping roofline are minimal
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Audi e-tron has been around for a couple of years now, so the the technology underpinning this Sportback variant should be reliable