Audi Q2 Exterior

Is the Audi Q2 the best compact SUV to come to market? Well, we think it is, and it’s one of the cheapest!

Best on the market

The SUV market continues to grow at a rapid rate and Audi has come into a niche part of that market at the perfect time. The Audi Q2 is the brand’s smallest SUV on offer in its range, rivalling the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka and Mazda CX-3, but unlike those cars, Audi sits as a more premium offering. For the starting price of £20,230, we think it’s priced very well in that market and offers one of the most sophisticated interiors.

The model is completely new and shares very little resemblance to the rest of the range, bar the usual design cues linking them as Audi. It’s Audi’s eighth SUV in its range and it has a lovely, almost fast-back, design to the rear (much like the higher-priced Range Rover Evoque), with sweeping lines giving a sporty edge to the SUV. Personalisation is huge in the current car-buying market and Audi hasn’t forgotten this, giving options of personalisation to its colour, C-pillar, arches and dashboard designs.

Audi Q2 Images
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Audi Q2 Pictures

Style and Substance

There are three trim levels to choose from; SE, Sport (+ £1,550) and S-line (+ £2,250). SE comes complete with 16-inch alloy wheels, seven-inch infotainment screen including DAB radio, multi-function steering wheel and air-conditioning. Sport adds 17-inch allow wheels, auto-wipers, Drive Select with five driver options, changing throttle responsiveness and steering weight, as well as adding sportier seats. At the top of the range is the S-line, which adds LED lights, 18-inch alloys and firmer suspension. Audi expects 55% of buyers to opt for the Sport trim, with 35% of buyers choosing the S-Line and the remainder 15% going for the entry-level SE.

Inside, the dash and interface is very easy to use, much like the brand’s other models, with its touch screen display and option selector. There are also a number of shortcuts available via the steering wheel controls. The screen is clear and there’s also an option of a larger screen of 8.3-inch if you’re not happy with the seven-inch standard one. Seating position is raised, which is typical of this type of model, but you do have the added bonus of being able to adjust it to just how you like it. Rear seats can be folded to a flat positioning, meaning there’s plenty of space for those unexpected trips to Ikea.

Despite the sloping roof line, there is enough space in the back for three adults. Storage space is respectable with good-sized door-card space, as well as the usual centre console spaces and ideally-placed cup-holders. The boot of the Q2 is also big enough for most buggies, and there’s a floor divider option adding even more space. If you do choose to go for the Bang and Olufsen sound system upgrade, though, expect up to 20% of that space to be taken up by the sub-woofer.

Under the Bonnet

Engine options include three petrol options; a 1.0-litre TFSI (116PS), 1.4-litre TFSI (150PS) and 2.0-litre TFSI (190PS), and two diesel options; a 1.6-litre TDI (116PS) and 2.0-litre TDI (150PS) with Quattro technology. We tested the 1.4-litre (150PS) TFSI, in Sport trim, with cylinder on demand technology, and to say we were impressed would be an understatement. Our model featured a six-speed manual gearbox, but a seven-speed automatic option is also available on the 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litre models.

The steering is very well weighted – changing depending on the drive-mode you select. If in ‘Dynamic’, which is classed as the more-sporty suspension set-up, the steering starts to feel a little more-weighty, but continues to be just as accurate, allowing you to throw it into corners without the worry of understeer. There is a little body-roll, but not as much as you’d expect from something of this size, unlike some of its rivals.

The brakes are responsive, without being abrupt, and the acceleration of the 1.4-TFSI model was also surprisingly punchy. In terms of efficiency, the model we tested features a clever little system that can disable two of its four cylinders when not under use to help save fuel and keep costs down. This is a feature that is unnoticeable when driving, so it really makes no difference to you, it simply saves you money. When the cylinders are required again, they simply come back online. Official test figures of up to 52mpg can be achieved under normal driving conditions. Choosing the seven-speed automatic option does not affect these figures. The diesel option, however, returns 64mpg (or up to 55mpg under urban driving).

All models feature standard suspension, unless you go for the S-Line variant, which comes complete with sport suspension. Our model was the ‘Sport’ and its standard suspension on 17-inch alloy wheels was more than comfortable at speeds of up to 70mph. It doesn’t wallow around like some models of its size, and remains well-planted on the road.

Warranty and Optional Extras

 Audi has a warranty of three years (or 60,000 miles) across its entire range, so you’re pretty much covered should anything mechanical go wrong. The premium manufacturer also predicts that it will retain its residual value better than other models, as it believes it has no direct competitors for the price and what it’s offering.

 The Audi Q2 is still awaiting its Euro NCAP safety test rating, but all variants feature autonomous emergency braking, as well as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. It also gets Isofix mounting points so there are no worries when considering child seats. There are optional extras available including active cruise control and even a traffic jam assist which will steer the car for you if the car is moving at a speed of up to 40mph (available on S-tronic automotive models only).