Audi Q2 review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Lightweight construction boosts running costs to A3 hatchback levels
A selection of economical Volkswagen Group engines should ensure that the Q2 delivers reasonable fuel economy. If rock-bottom running costs are key, then look to the frugal diesel options – especially the 1.6 TDI.
The entry-level 1.0 TFSI turbo three cylinder has claimed economy as low as 47.1mpg and emissions of 135g/km. That falls short of the Audi A3 with the same engine, which returns a best claimed combined economy figure of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 111g/km.
The 1.5-litre TFSI petrol features cylinder on demand technology, which shuts down two of its four cylinders when cruising to save fuel. As a result, the 1.5 is only marginally poorer than the 1.0 TFSI, returning 44.8mpg and emitting 147g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox or 43.5mpg and 147g/km with the S tronic auto. However, it's worth bearing in mind that moving up to an S line model with larger wheels pegs economy and emissions back. Sporty SQ2 models return an official figure of 33.2mpg and emit a best of 192g/km of CO2.
The 1.6 TDI doesn’t fare much better than the 1.0 TFSI in economy terms and actually trails it on official CO2 emissions. Audi claims 49.6mpg and 150g/km CO2 emissions, while the S tronic gearbox again brings a slight penalty, with figures of 47.9mpg and 155g/km respectively. Again, a 1.6 TDI S line has marginally poorer figures.
The larger 2.0 TDI has economy of 47.9mpg and emissions of 156g/km, which isn't bad when you consider the biggest engine features quattro all-wheel drive and the S tronic gearbox.
Insurance groups for the Audi Q2 currently start from group 14E for an entry-level Q2 1.6 TDI and 1.0 TFSI Technik models. A 1.5-litre TFSI in flashy Vorsprung spec sits in group 28E, while the performance-focused SQ2 is in group 37E.
The Audi Q2 stacks up pretty well when it comes to residual values, with even the most expensive models retaining more than 40 per cent. Those most in demand are set to be the big 2.0-litre diesels, but the 1.0-litre petrol should be a safe buy, too, thanks to predicted residual values of around 48 per cent over three years. The Mazda doesn't perform as well, although all versions still retain at least 39 per cent of their value over the same time period.
In this review
- 1Audi Q2 reviewThe Audi Q2 crossover brings style, class and big-car features to the small crossover class, but at a cost
- 2Engines, performance and drivePlenty of advanced, efficient engines. Drive can be fun, but bigger wheels and sports suspension make it bumpy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingLightweight construction boosts running costs to A3 hatchback levels
- 4Interior, design and technologyQ2 leads the way when it comes to interior style, quality and tech, although you have to pay for the latter
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Q2 is smaller than an A3, but it offers similar passenger and boot space
- 6Reliability and SafetyImpressive safety kit and sharing so much with other Audi, VW, Skoda and SEAT models should help reliability