Audi Q7 e-tron 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, but it’s hard to know just how reliable the Q7 e-tron will be. That’s simply because it’s such a new car and sells in such low numbers that it’s impossible to draw any sensible conclusions. What you can be sure of, though, is 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.

Audi Q7 e-tron reliability & problems

The Audi Q7 didn’t feature in our Driver Power 2018 owner satisfaction survey, but Audi finished 18th out of 26 manufacturers in the general rankings. That may not sound all that impressive for a company that prides itself on the quality of its cars, but it was ahead of Audi’s big rivals BMW and Mercedes.


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 its 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. Among the optional safety equipment is lane-keeping assistance, road-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control, all of which are available together in the attractive Tour package, which costs just under £1,700.