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Audi Q4 e-tron SUV - Reliability & safety

Safety and reliability look promising

We await the Audi's Euro NCAP crash-test result but expect the electric SUV will most likely score a five-star 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 21st out of 30 brands in our 2020 Driver Power satisfaction survey, although this was still ahead of BMW and Mercedes in 27th and 28th 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 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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