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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

3.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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.

Safety

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.

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