The new Audi Q2 is a very stylish crossover that also happens to be, spacious, practical and bold with its display of confident flowing Audi design features which help give it its Coupé-like appearance. I also like how the Q2 has a powerful presence on the road with its modern SUV looks and high ground-clearance which all do there bit to show off the distinctive and versatile appearance of the Q2.
The Q2 I had on test was fitted with a 1.6 litre TDi engine that is equipped with a Stop/Start system to enhance fuel economy – The 116hp version produces 250Nm of torque and can accelerate from zero-to-62 mph in 10.3 seconds and will reach a maximum top speed of around122mph. I am not going to talk much about MPG, but I did manage a good return of 55mpg using my normal driving route. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is also up for being driven hard if the need requires – but it’s also quiet when you’re in 6th gear cruising on the motorway.
On the road:
The steering is accurate in whatever situation unfolds itself on the road and the chassis is good. Grip levels are also good and the Q2 is a very engaging drive but you have to remember that this car is not a raw seat of your pants car. The Q2 also has a short wheelbase and a high centre of gravity so I expected a fair amount of body roll when going into the corners – but to be honest this was very minimal and it felt better than I had expected it too.
Equipment highlights include;17” x 7.0J ‘5-arm star’ design alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select, Front Sport seats in Index cloth, Inlays in a choice of Red or Yellow, anodised paint finish, Aluminium interior elements, MMI Navigation (SD card-based) Audi Connect Infotainment Services, 8 passive loudspeakers, Cruise control system and Light and rain sensors. Plus the usual safety features such as; Audi Pre-sense Front with pedestrian recognition, Multi-collision brake assist, LED lighting (option on SE & Sport models). There is also a large selection of the optional technologies available such as; Park assist, Rear-view camera, Cross-traffic assist rear, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-go, Traffic-jam assist and Audi Active Lane Assist. These are just a small amount of what’s on offer.
Rear passenger leg room is also good even for the tallest of people and the seating is well set out with plenty of support for all occupants. The boot is also large enough to deal with a large shopping trip or a large family week away.
The Q2 is a great little car – but the abundance of small SUV’s on the market is making it difficult for most people to pick a firm favourite. I would not rule out taking a look at the Audi Q2 because it has some great features along with a good chassis and a firm sense of reliability on its side.
Price from: £23,255
Performance & Fuel Economy8/10
Interior Comfort & Features7/10
Ride & Handling8/10
Value for Money7/10
What we liked
- - A good small sized SUV
- - Plenty of room inside
- - Boot space is good
What we didn't like
- - Plain interior
- - Some basic driver needs are an option only