Audi e-tron GT - Reliability and safety
Many advanced safety technology features for the Audi e-tron GT are optional, and the brand’s Driver Power score is disappointing
To date, the Audi e-tron GT hasn’t been crash tested by safety experts Euro NCAP, and while its closely related sibling, the Porsche Taycan, has been (and received the maximum five-star rating in 2019), that result hasn’t been validated for the e-tron GT.
Unless you opt for the pricier Vorsprung trims, some of the advanced safety systems are optional. You’ll need the Tour pack for adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition, while the City Assist Pack includes lane change assistance and cross-traffic warnings.
The overall build quality, and the integrity of the e-tron GT’s fundamental engineering is highly impressive, though. The car can receive over-the-air updates, so new software can be sent remotely, minimising the need to visit the dealer.
Like all cars in the Audi line-up, the e-tron GT is covered by a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty. That’s fairly standard in the luxury car sector, lagging behind the three-year/unlimited mileage policies of BMW and Mercedes, or the five years of cover provided by Genesis.
Audi also issues an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty that guarantees battery performance above 70 per cent capacity during that period – hopefully eliminating a major cause for concern amongst some potential electric car customers. It’s worth adding that Genesis has a longer 120,000-mile guarantee, while Mercedes goes even further by guaranteeing the battery for 10 years and up to 155,000 miles.
With fewer moving parts the basic service regime required for an EV is less rigorous than for traditional cars, and this is reflected in a trio of service packages that can be bought in advance for all the Audi e-tron models, including the e-tron GT, and can be paid for up front, or over a number of monthly payments.
Level 1 covers a single service, Level 2 two services, while Level 3 covers you for two services, and two MoT tests in the third and fourth years of ownership.
In this review
- 1Audi e-tron GT reviewSpectacular looks and performance, plus contemporary EV tech, make the Audi e-tron GT one of the most desirable luxury saloons around
- 2Engines, performance and driveBlistering performance is guaranteed from any luxury EV, but the Audi e-tron GT is also fantastic to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsZero tailpipe emissions will save company drivers thousands, but the Audi e-tron GT will be expensive to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyStunning exterior design and a suitably high-tech interior, although the look isn’t as futuristic as you might have wished
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePassengers in the Audi e-tron GT are cosseted, but this isn’t the most practical of large saloon cars
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingMany advanced safety technology features for the Audi e-tron GT are optional, and the brand’s Driver Power score is disappointing