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Audi Q4 e-tron SUV - Reliability & safety

Safety and reliability look promising

As predicted, the Audi has gained a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test result, matching the equivalent models from Skoda and Volkswagen. While reliability data isn't available yet, we expect the Q4 e-tron to be robust thanks to its shared MEB underpinnings, which are set to form the backbone of numerous models. 

Audi Q4 e-tron reliability

While it's too early to tell if the Q4 e-tron will develop any faults, we suspect cars based on the MEB platform will be mostly trouble-free. The Volkswagen Group has invested billions of pounds in an effort to shift buyers away from combustion engines and towards its electric cars. Batteries and electric motors are already proving reliable in other vehicles, with fewer parts than petrol or diesel engines and less servicing required.

It's worth noting that Audi only managed to come 23rd out of 29 brands in our 2021 Driver Power satisfaction survey, slipping behind BMW and Mercedes in 21st and 13th places respectively.

Safety

Even the entry-level Q4 e-tron is an expensive and technology-packed car, loaded with features like lane-departure warning, cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and rear parking sensors. This helped the model achieve an impressive five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with strong scores of 93% and 89% in the adult and child occupant categories.

This list of safety kit only grows for the range-topping Vorsprung version, which also gets blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control and the ability to summon the emergency services automatically following a serious collision. Buyers can also upgrade lower trim levels to include extra safety kit via equipment packs.

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