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Audi Q2 review - Interior, design and technology

The Audi Q2 leads the way when it comes to interior style, quality and tech, although you have to pay for the latter

Like a lot of the latest VW Group releases, the Audi Q2 is based on the scalable MQB architecture. Not only is the chassis light and strong, giving sharp handling and refinement, its flexibility has allowed designers freedom to create distinctive styles. Yet the Q2 takes a more conventional approach, borrowing cues from models like the Q7 and TT coupé.

As with the A1 supermini, the Q2 is available with a number of customisation options. Not only is there a wide range of alloy wheel designs, you can also choose contrasting colours for the C-pillar inserts. 

It's a real stand-out feature of the Q2 that’s not unlike the side panels found on the R8 supercar. It comes in differing shades of grey in SE and Sport models, and a brighter silver on S line cars. But you can choose various options ranging from a dark colour to make the roof look as though it’s floating or even carbon fibre for a sportier style. It’s not just for design, either – the floating blade has aerodynamic properties, too.

Alloy wheel sizes range from 16-inch on Technik cars, 17s on Sports and 18s on S line models. Black Edition models come on 19s, which are also available as options on other trims, but beware that the bigger the wheel, the bigger the bumps you’ll feel, especially in the back and on Sport rather than Comfort suspension.

Inside, the car borrows heavily from the A3, meaning you get the same wraparound dashboard design, eyeball air vents and climate control panel. It’s smart, but look closely and you’ll find some surprising cost-cutting measures.

Soft-touch materials cover the top of the dashboard, but the door panels and centre console feature hard, scratchy plastics. Furthermore, the infotainment screen is fixed in position, while on the A3 it glides silently into the dash when not in use. There’s a splash of colour across the dash that can match the exterior colour, while inserts on the seats can lift what would otherwise be a pretty conservative design.

The Q2’s interior quality is impressive, especially against rival small SUVs and many other cars at the price, too. There are soft plastics where you see and touch most, although Audi will admit to saving money where you won’t notice it.

Every Q2 gets a dash-top screen although you have to head for the options list to fill it with interesting stuff like sat-nav. And if you really want to push the boat out, you can opt for Audi’s impressive 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit – a TFT dash display that replaces conventional dials and gives you further options to personalise what you can see.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Audi’s MMI Navigation system is lifted straight from the manufacturer’s other models, giving the Q2’s cabin plenty of premium appeal, despite some questions over the quality of materials used. The seven-inch screen is the clearest here and the graphics are relatively sharp. It’s also simple and intuitive to control using the rotary wheel fitted on the transmission tunnel.

Technik trim isn’t available with Audi’s £1,395 optional Technology Pack, which includes the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital dash display. This is a real tech highlight that sets the Q2 apart from its rivals here; we think it’s worth upgrading to Sport trim to gain access to it.

MMI Navigation features three months of connected services, giving information on local searches, fuel prices, weather and even social media.

Alongside this, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard, further improving the integration with your smartphone.

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