Audi Q2 features: Your next compact SUV (sponsored)
The Audi Q2 is the newest model in the Q family, combining style, a high driving position and practicality
The Audi Q2 is the newest and smallest member of the Q family. Revealed in 2016, the Q2 has a bold new styling direction which is designed to appeal to a younger audience and provide a stylish first rung on the Audi Q ownership ladder.
With smaller dimensions, it’s also designed to appeal to those who need the manoeuvrability of a compact hatchback but still want the style, high driving position and practicality of an SUV.
But first, there’s no getting past the Q2’s distinctive style. At the front, the Q2 is the first car in the Q range to feature a ‘Singleframe’ octagonal grille design together with the arrow-shaped LED headlamps. On the side, the Q2 has C-pillars which can be specified with ‘blades’ in a choice of colours to provide a distinctive contrast – a feature borrowed from the R8 supercar.
At 4.19 metres long, the Q2 is only a little larger than a supermini, making it ideal to thread through traffic and squeeze into tight parking spaces. And yet it feels much larger inside than its size suggests thanks to clever packaging, premium quality and features borrowed from bigger Q models.
As you’d expect from any car designed to be popular with tech-savvy younger drivers, the Q2 has cutting-edge tech. Conventional instruments can be swapped for an optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, while a standard MMI screen is positioned high on the instrument panel.
A Wi-Fi hotspot enables surfing and streaming with mobile devices and allows enhanced sat-nav search functions to make sure you get to where you want to go with the minimum fuss, delay or complication.
Yet while the Q2 has the luxury of a larger car, it doesn’t bring the running costs. The car’s smaller dimensions and Audi’s engine technology have allowed the powerplants to be downsized without sacrificing performance.
Q2 engine options start with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI. Then there are two four-cylinder petrol engines with 1.4 or 2.0-litre displacements. For those wanting the torque and economy offered by a diesel, there are two options: a 1.6-litre with 116PS or a 2.0-litre with 150PS.
Adaptive dampers are available as an option, as is the Audi drive select system with which drivers can set an individual characteristic for their Q2.