Audi Q4 e-tron reliability and safety rating
The Q4 e-tron has a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, but Audi as a brand hasn't tended to top satisfaction surveys of late
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2021)||93%||89%||80%|
Audi’s latest electric SUV was put through independent Euro NCAP crash-testing in September 2021 and matched the five-star rating that had previously been awarded to its sister models the Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4. Audi itself hasn't excelled in recent UK customer-satisfaction surveys, however.
Audi Q4 e-tron reliability & problems
While the Q4 e-tron is too new for any wide-ranging reliability data to be available, it uses the same MEB mechanical platform that underpins the above-mentioned Enyaq iV and ID.4 – and no major issues have arisen with those models thus far. However, in the 2021 edition of the Driver Power car-owner satisfaction survey, Audi was ranked a disappointing 23rd out of 29 rated car brands in the UK.
The Q4 e-tron went through Euro NCAP crash-testing in September 2021 and it managed the same five-star rating as its Volkswagen and Skoda sister models were awarded earlier. The rating applies to both the standard Q4 e-tron SUV and the Sportback variant, with individual scores of 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. 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
- 1VerdictAudi’s latest electric car shares a platform with the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, but superior interior quality, technology and comfort put it a step above; it's worth paying extra for
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe choice of 52 or 77kWh battery depends on what powertrain you select; range is up to 316 miles and rapid charging is standard
- 3Running costs & insuranceWhile the Q4 e-tron comes with a three-year warranty and only has a 2% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate, the higher-spec models sit in some fairly lofty insurance groups
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt may not match the Tesla Model 3's performance, but the Q4 e-tron is pacy and handles well; ride quality is also excellent
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThere’s lot of choice when it comes to Q4 e-tron trim levels and options, but all models come with a slick infotainment system and the German brand’s excellent Virtual Cockpit
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWith boot capacity on par with an Audi Q5, the Q4 e-tron offers plenty of space for families and features an airy, open cabin – one of the benefits of sitting on a dedicated electric-car platform
- 7Reliability and safety rating - currently readingThe Q4 e-tron has a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, but Audi as a brand hasn't tended to top satisfaction surveys of late