Audi Q7 e-tron (2016-2019) reliability & safety

The Audi Q7 e-tron is as safe as houses, but its reliability is unproven

Reliability is always one of the most important considerations for anyone who’s buying a car, and the good news is that there shouldn't be too much to worry about with the e-tron.

The car itself is yet to feature in a Driver Power survey, but in 2020 Audi finished in 21st place overall out of 30 manufacturers: build quality is praised but running and servicing costs were felt to be expensive, while 20% of owners experienced a fault of some kind. You can be sure that the car will be safe; it scored full marks in Euro NCAP crash-testing and is fitted with plenty of safety equipment as standard.


The Q7 scored the maximum five-star rating when it was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP. In fact, with scores of 94 and 88% for adult and child occupant protection, it’s almost as good as it gets.

In terms of safety kit, there are ISOFIX points on all passenger seats, while automatic emergency braking (AEB), which can help avoid a crash at low speeds, is standard. Optional safety equipment when new included lane-keeping assistance, road-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control, all of which came together in the attractive Tour package which cost just under £1,700.