Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron reliability & safety rating
Audi’s electric coupe-SUV has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, but the German brand’s performance in the 2021 Driver Power consumer survey leaves a lot to be desired
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|5 stars (2021)||93%||89%||80%|
The Audi Q4 e-tron was put through independent Euro NCAP crash-testing in September 2021 and received a five-star rating, which also applies to the Sportback version. Audi as a brand hasn't excelled in recent UK customer-satisfaction surveys, however.
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron reliability & problems
Both the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron are too new for any wide-ranging reliability data to be available, although given that they use the same MEB mechanical platform that underpins the Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4, and no major issues have arisen with those models so far, you shouldn't be too worried.
However, it must be said that in the 2021 edition of the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Audi ranked a disappointing 23rd out of 29 rated brands in the UK. In comparison, Tesla, whose reputation for build quality isn’t the best in the industry, finished third overall.
In 2021, the Q4 e-tron went through Euro NCAP's battery of crash safety tests, receiving the maximum five-star rating for both the standard Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron variant. Individual scores were 93% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child occupant protection and 80% for safety assistance.
All Q4 e-tron models get cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear parking sensors and road-sign recognition as standard. Top-of-the-range Vorsprung cars also come with side assistance, cross-traffic assistance, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and emergency assistance. These features are also available on lower-spec models as part of the optional ‘comfort and sound pack’ and ‘safety pack plus’ option bundles.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe sleeker-looking Sportback variant of the Q4 e-tron electric SUV is just as practical, efficient and good to drive as its sister car – but has a heftier price tag
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith a range of up to 324 miles, the Q4 Sportback e-tron can cover more miles on a charge than many of its rivals; rapid charging is standard, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith rock-bottom running costs and a 1% Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate, Audi’s electric coupe-SUV will appeal to both private buyers and company-car drivers, although insurance could be pricey
- 4Performance, motor & driveWhile it offers similar performance to a Tesla Model 3 or Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi’s coupe-SUV is more about comfortable everyday driving than thrilling engagement
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Sportback’s cabin is what sets it apart from the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV that share its underpinnings, allowing Audi to justify a higher price tag
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAudi has made sure the Sportback version of its entry-level electric SUV doesn’t force customers to compromise when it comes to practicality
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingAudi’s electric coupe-SUV has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, but the German brand’s performance in the 2021 Driver Power consumer survey leaves a lot to be desired