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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

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. 

Depreciation

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. 

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    30 TFSI Technik 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,795

Most Economical

  • Name
    30 TDI Technik 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £25,810

Fastest

  • Name
    SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £35,375

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