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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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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.

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