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

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

Audi Q7 e-tron
Overall rating

4.1 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

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.

Safety

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.

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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.

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