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.
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 142g/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% over 3-years and 36,000 miles. 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% over three years.
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 technologyThe Audi Q2 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 SafetyThe Q2 includes impressive levels of safety kit, while component-sharing with other VW Group models should help reliability
- 7Used and nearly newA full used buyer’s guide on the Audi Q2 covering the Q2 Mk1 (2016-date)