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Audi e-tron GT saloon - Reliability & safety

The Audi e-tron GT is well designed and impressively built

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4.3 out of 5

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4.0 out of 5

The e-tron GT is part of a growing lineup of electric models for Audi and is based on the same underpinnings as the Porsche Taycan.

Audi e-tron GT reliability

While it's tricky to gauge reliability at such an early stage, its engineering is impressive, and the e-tron GT is even built on the same production line as the Audi R8 supercar. That means its build quality is likely to be second-to-none. If there are any glitches, there should also be the possibility of fixing them with over-the-air software updates because so many of the car's systems are now electronic.

Safety

It's reassuring to know that the Porsche Taycan already scored a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2019 and we see no reason why the Audi wouldn't perform just as well or better. The e-tron is available with lots of the latest safety equipment, though it's worth noting that some of it is optional on the entry-level trims. A Tour Pack adds features like adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition, while a City Assist Pack brings lane change and exit warnings, along with warnings for front and rear traffic that's crossing the car's path.

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Choosing the Vorsprung trim adds a long list of safety features, from Matrix LED headlights with laser light technology that adapt to the road and traffic conditions, to Night Vision that helps spot animals, pedestrians and cyclists in poor visibility. A head-up display and self-parking is also added, along with the aforementioned Tour Pack and City Assist Pack. Its adaptive cruise control with Emergency Assist can help bring the car to a safe stop if the driver is incapacitated. 

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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