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Audi e-tron SUV - Reliability & safety

Loads of safety tech, but Audi e-tron reliability is yet unproven

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Audi has long enjoyed a desirable and aspirational image, but this hasn't always been reflected by the brand's owner satisfaction results. There are few doubts over the e-tron's safety, though – this is a very high-tech car with a Euro NCAP safety score of five stars, and its long list of safety equipment reflects just how sophisticated it is.

Audi e-tron reliability

Despite being regarded as a premium brand that builds high quality cars, Audi came 18th out of 26 brands in our 2018 Driver Power survey – not a sparkling result by any means, but outshining 20th-place Mercedes and 21st-place BMW.

None of the one of the Audi models that featured in our 2018 Driver Power survey bear direct comparison to the e-tron, but the brand's Audi Q2 SUV, launched in 2017, was its highest-rated model. It finished 26th out of 75 cars in the survey and, as one of Audi's most recent models, this could point towards Audi learning from past mistakes.

Safety

The e-tron was awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP after it was safety tested in the spring of 2019. Category scores included 91% for adult occupant and 85% for child occupant, with 76% for safety assist.

Safety systems fitted include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, active cruise control and a speed limiter, so the e-tron has an array of gadgets that should prevent a crash occurring in the first place.

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