Audi e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan 4S: safety and reliability
The strong reliability common to all electric cars, combined with an excellent crash-test score for the Porsche, are causes for confidence here
The Porsche Taycan has been through Euro NCAP's independent crash safety evaluation, scoring the maximum five-star result overall, along with individual scores of 85%, 83% and 73% for adult protection, child protection and safety assist, respectively.
Although the Audi e-tron hasn't been through the same testing, it's reasonable to assume it would turn up identical or very similar results, as the cars have so much in common under their sheet metal. In addition to offering good basic crash protection, both models have an extensive suite of standard safety equipment aimed at preventing crashes happening in the first place, and this can be further expanded by heading to the options list.
Long-term reliability is difficult to predict just yet, but we can say both cars are less likely to give trouble than combustion-engined equivalents like the Audi A7 or Porsche Panamera, due to electric drivetrains having much fewer moving parts than a petrol engine. If there are any problems, you may be better off with a Porsche dealer than an Audi one; owners rated the former brand's network higher than Audi's in the 2021 edition of the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.
In This Review
- 1IntroThey use a lot of the same technology under the metal, but which of these sleek four-door coupes is the better electric performance car?
- 2Range, charging and fuel economyBoth models offer decent driving range on a charge, but the Taycan seems to handle changes in driving style and weather conditions better than the Audi
- 3Performance and handlingBoth cars are seriously impressive to drive, but the Taycan just has the edge for sheer responsiveness and agility
- 4Space and practicalityNeither car is exceptionally practical, but additional boot space up front and comfortable seating count in their favour
- 5Interior and infotainmentBoth cars offer extremely high-quality interiors packed with the latest in-car technology
- 6Running costs and warrantyLow running costs, strong warranties and impressive residual values mean it's good news all round here, save for high insurance groups
- 7Safety and reliability - currently readingThe strong reliability common to all electric cars, combined with an excellent crash-test score for the Porsche, are causes for confidence here
- 8Verdict and specificationsA slightly more enjoyable driving experience just shades it for the Porsche, but both models are great examples of how good an electric performance car can be