The 2019 Audi e-Tron gets a 5-star Euro NCAP safety ratingfor its occupants with a good score in adult and child safety protection. It was only caught by the side pole impact a little.
Audi just unveiled the e-Tron electric SUV in India last week and now it has been tested by Euro NCAP and given a five-star safety rating. The car that was tested was a European-spec model in the 55 Quattro trim, the only trim it is available in. However, the safety rating would be applicable for both left-hand and right-hand drive cars.
The Audi e-Tron has scored 34.9 points out of 38 in adult safety protection. That’s a score of 91% which is very impressive. In the frontal offset test, the passenger compartment of the e-tron remained stable and the dummy reading also indicated good protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and the passenger. The safety ratings hold true even for occupants of different sizes and also for those sitting in different positions.
The Audi e-Tron also did very well in the full-width rigid barrier test, still protecting its occupants very well. However, the e-Tron got caught out by the severe side pole test where protection to the occupant’s chest were slightly compromised. Protection against whiplash injuries were also pretty good.
As for child safety, the Audi e-Tron scores 41.7 points out of 49, which is a good 85% score. It gets standard ISOFIX child-restraint systems for the rear, and the passenger airbag also has a cut-off switch. The e-Tron scores 34.4 points out of 48, which is 71% for pedestrian safety. Poor results were recorded only at the base of the windscreen and on the stiff windscreen pillars. Lastly, it scored 10 points out of 13, which is 76%, in the safety assist system. All the alerts and mitigation systems work pretty well.
The test module featured all standard safety equipment like front and side airbags, seat-belt reminders, Isofix child seat mounts at the back, pretensioners and load-limiters, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a speed alert system and lane-keep assist. However, the autonomous emergency braking feature might not make it to India.
The Audi e-Tron is powered by a liquid-cooled 95 kWh lithium-ion battery between the two axles. This powers two electric motors on the two drive axles for a combined power output of 265 kW and 561Nm of peak torque along with AWD capabilities. It has a naught to 100 kph time of 6.6 seconds and will go on to do a top-speed of 200 kph. When launched in India, we expect the Audi e-Tron to be priced around Rs. 1.2 crore.