Car review: Audi Q2

Car review: Audi Q2

What is it?

The Audi Q2 is Audi’s smallest of their Q crossover range. It sits below the Q3 and looks like a cross between the futuristic looking A2 from the early noughties and the rounded shape of the modern A3. Its key rivals are the Mini Countryman and the Volvo V40 Cross Country.

Who is it aimed at?

This is Audi’s attempt at appealing to the yoof of today. As well as economical, nippy engines, the Q2 comes in a range of bright colours and lots of options (some pretty pricey) so you can customise it to your heart’s content. My car came in a bright yellow shade with silver details on the C-pillar, black and gunmetal alloys and an all black leather interior. My three nephews aged 16-18 all thought the car was cool so Audi must be doing something right.

What options are there?

The Q2 is available in SE, Sport and S line trim and in a range of engines from a 1.0 TFSI petrol, 116PS to a 2.0 TDI 150PS. All models come with a manual as standard apart from the largest diesel engine. Audi’s seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox is available on all but the 1.0 TFSI. A 4×4 option will soon be available.

First impressions?

Audi has been unexpectedly bold with the Q2 design and I think it pays off. The large front grill, concave sides and low roofline give it a striking look and the customisable colourful side panels add a bit of R8 style pizazz. I found the combination of yellow and silver a bit jarring on the eyes though.

What’s the interior like?

Conventional Audi, so great quality, everything works how it should, but the design lacks a bit of fun.

I really loved the Audi Virtual Cockpit, an expensive extra but well worth a splurge on the options list, and the interior LED lighting (standard in S trim) that illuminated various parts of the interior in yellow light. It looked particularly dramatic at nighttime.

It’s a great size for a family with five properly spacious seats and a large boot with lots of clever storage to make your life easier. One thing though, being almost 6ft tall I did struggle with the boot lid lock hanging too low when the boot was fully open and my partner and I kept knocking our heads on it by accident.

How does it drive?

Audi has really tried to make the Q2 fun and nimble to drive, even describing it as having a ‘go-kart feel’. Whilst it is by far the best small-engined new Audi I’ve driven it’s not on the same level of fun as a MINI. But it’s the closest Audi has got so far.

The 1.4 TFSI engine I drove is genius; quick around town, economical and it can very easily hold its own on the motorway. I was really impressed by it. For most people it will do everything they want it to do, keep costs down but still be fun and sporty too.

As the Q2 shares many of the A3’s engines and parts it drives pretty much like a hatchback, with the added benefit of a taller ride height. You don’t get any of that body roll feel you get with larger crossovers. If you can afford it go for the automatic gearbox, it doesn’t spoil the fun at all.

Verdict?

The Q2 is a great, capable little car and the 1.4 TFSi engine is a triumph. It’s just the looks you’ve got to decide on.

Car on test: Q2 1.4 TFSI S line
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Power: 150 bhp
Transmission: seven-speed auto
CO2 Emissions: 123g/km
Economy: 58.9 mpg extra urban
Price: £27,515 (£34,475 for test model)

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