Audi aimed to inject a little more fun into its SUV line-up with this more compact and affordable Q2 model - and has here lightly improved it. This little crossover is aimed at customers wanting a Nissan Juke-style small Crossover but requiring a little more class and quality. It's offered a new direction for the Ingolstadt brand.
'Fun' isn't a word you necessarily associate with Audi. 'Cool'…
Audi aimed to inject a little more fun into its SUV line-up with this more compact and affordable Q2 model – and has here lightly improved it. This little crossover is aimed at customers wanting a Nissan Juke-style small Crossover but requiring a little more class and quality. It’s offered a new direction for the Ingolstadt brand.
‘Fun’ isn’t a word you necessarily associate with Audi. ‘Cool’ perhaps. ‘Classy’ possibly. ‘Mature’ definitely. Well forget that third adjective when it comes to discussion of this car, the Audi Q2. It’s the kind of product that the German brand hopes will lower its target age demographic, at the same time giving buyers of small Crossovers like Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur a more appealing option to aspire towards. In truth, it’s likely that the Q2 will prove to be a little too pricey for customers of those cars, but premium models in this segment – contenders like Honda’s HR-V, Mazda’s CX-30 and Jeep’s Renegade – should certainly feel the heat from this Q2. Especially in this updated form.
The Q2 line-up is primarily based around a mid-range 35 TFSI variant which uses a four-cylinder 150PS 1.5-litre turbo petrol unit with the brand’s clever ‘Cylinder on Demand’ system. There’s a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed S tronic auto. Slotting in below this variant is the 30 TFSI, which uses a 116PS 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit. Two four-cylinder diesel engines are also available with 1.6 and 2.0 litres of displacement and outputs of 116PS (30 TDI) and 150PS (35 TDI). The ’35 TDI’ comes with quattro 4WD. As before, at the top of the range is a 300PS SQ2 quattro sporting model. The top ‘Vorsprung’ variant gets ‘Adaptive cruise assist’ for limit autonomous highway driving capability. Installed at the rear on the front-wheel drive versions is a semi-independent suspension, while the quattro models have a four-link suspension. Progressive steering is standard in all variants. It varies the steering gear ratio as a function of the steering input; the ratio is made more direct with large steering movements. Adaptive dampers are available as an option, and there’s the Audi drive select system with which drivers can set an individual characteristic for their Q2. On rougher terrain, ground clearance of almost 15 centimetres is slightly better than some other small lifestyle SUVs can offer – and Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) with an integrated off-road mode will also serve the compact crossover well.
Audi has subtly altered the look of this Q2, slightly lowering the octagonal Singleframe front grille to make the front of the car appear wider. Plus full-LED headlamps are now standard and the air intakes now look more ‘expressive’ and, as with other recent Audis, narrow slits have been added between the radiator grille and the bonnet in the style of the iconic Audi Sport quattro. At the rear, there’s a fresh bumper design with an integrated diffuser insert featuring large five-sided polygons. As before, the Q2 certainly looks distinctive with its ‘floating blade’ C-pillar and colourful trimming. It’s slightly shorter and narrower than an A3 hatch and boasts a complex shape that shows a lot of vertices and edges. In profile, the high shoulder line is especially eye-catching, as are the concave flanks in the door area. Inside, most variants now get the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument binnacle display as standard, paired with an 8.3-inch ‘MMI navigation plus’ centre-dash screen. Otherwise, you’d have to be an Audi sales person to really notice the changes made – things like smarter fabrics, a revised gearshifter knob and re-styled air vents. As before, the MMI infotainment system can be controlled by natural language operation and the integrated MMI search set-up. The driver’s seat position is low in relation to the steering wheel as in an Audi saloon. There’s reasonably comfortable seating in the rear for two, but if you’ll be using the back seat for adults regularly, you’d be better off trying an Audi Q3. Practically, the Q2 fulfils the fundamental expectations of an SUV with a high entry, good visibility and a large luggage compartment (405 to 1,050-litres of capacity). A power tailgate is standard, as is a three-way split rear bench backrest with cargo through-loading.
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