Audi e-tron GT review - Reliability and safety
There are no question marks over safety, but reliability has yet to be proven
The Porsche Taycan has been independently crash tested by the Euro NCAP organisation, who awarded the model five stars - its top mark. Given the close relationship between the Porsche and the Audi, we would expect a similar result for the e-tron GT which is packed with safety features and the latest driver assistance aids.
However, unless you opt for the pricier Vorsprung trims some of the electronic systems are optional, so you 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.
We can’t yet speak to the reliability of the e-tron GT, and it wouldn’t be unheard of for a few teething problems to arise given the novelty of much of the drive technology. However, with a constant connection to the best VW Group brains via its over-the-air connectivity, it’s likely that software updates will be implemented remotely with a view to minimising potential problems.
The overall build quality, and the integrity of the e-tron GT’s fundamental engineering is highly impressive though, and Audi’s widely established dealer network should help to inspire confidence among owners.
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, but Audi also issues an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty that guarantees battery performance - hopefully eliminating a major cause for concern amongst some potential electric car customers.
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.
Level 1 costs £399 for 18 months and a single service, Level 2 costs £785 for two services over 36 months, and Level 3 at £880 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 e-tron GT is fantastic to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsZero tailpipe emissions will save company drivers thousands, but the e-tron GT will be relatively expensive to charge and maintain
- 4Interior, design and technologyStunning exterior design is matched by a suitably high-tech interior, although it’s not as futuristic as you might have wished
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePassengers are cosseted in fine style, but this isn’t the most practical of large saloon cars
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThere are no question marks over safety, but reliability has yet to be proven