Audi e-tron reliability & safety
The Audi e-tron fares well in both of these areas, with loads of advanced driver aids and a five-star Euro NCAP score
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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 21st overall out of 30 in our sister title Auto Express' 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. That put it ahead of German rivals Mercedes and BMW, but Audi owners rated their cars worryingly low for reliability and build quality, with one in five reporting a problem at some point during their ownership.
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 customers' hands.
Like Audi's conventionally powered cars, the e-tron is packed with all the very latest safety kit – and it received the maximum five-star score when evaluated by the independent safety 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi's first production electric car is impressive, but also outclassed by rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Audi e-tron gets impressive rapid-charging capability, but we'd expect better real-world range given the large battery
- 3Running costsThe usual electric-car advantages apply here, but there's no getting around the fact the Audi e-tron is expensive to buy initially
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Audi e-tron is comfortable and smooth but far from the last word in sportiness
- 5Interior & comfortThe Audi e-tron has a fantastic interior and features some showstopping technology
- 6Practicality & boot spaceSeven seats aren't an option, but in other respects the Audi e-tron is practical and family-friendly
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Audi e-tron fares well in both of these areas, with loads of advanced driver aids and a five-star Euro NCAP score