Audi has added a new member to its Q family of SUVs. The new crossover, christened Q2, is made by Audi to be an urban vehicle perfect for everyday driving and recreation. The all-new Q2 also bundles youthful styling and technology with a high level of functionality. The sporty yet compact SUV, with all road genes and coupe design, is a new entrant into the premium compact SUV segment of the market.
At the front, the Singleframe grille creates a strong image in octagonal design, which is positioned high, and is complemented by large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof, which descends and merges into the C-pillars with colour-offset blades, which accentuates the sportiness of the all-new Q2. The rear gains its sporty appeal with a long roof edge spoiler and an extended rear diffuser.
In the side view, the high window line stands out, as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasize the wheel housings and thereby the Quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 metres tall and 1.79 metres wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 metres and a wheelbase of 2.60 metres.
The all-new Q2 comes equipped with a choice of two petrol engines. The smallest petrol engine in the Q2 line-up is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW (113 hp) and 200 Nm of torque from a displacement of 999 cc. Claimed fuel consumption for this engine is 5.1 litres per 100km. Both a manual and Stronic transmission is available with this particular engine.
Above that is the 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW (147 hp) and 250 Nm of torque, which also comes with cylinder on demand (COD) technology. Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm and while coasting. If the dual-clutch transmission is installed, cylinder deactivation occurs sooner. With Stronic, the engine consumes on average 5.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. The fuel consumption rate is higher with the manual gearbox: 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
The all-new Audi Q2 features progressive steering as standard in all versions. With this system, the steering rack is designed to vary the steering gear ratio according to the steering input. With large steering movements, it is more direct, making driving more dynamic. The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between five modes: ‘Auto’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Dynamic’, ‘Efficiency’ and ‘Individual’. It influences a variety of vehicle systems, including the steering and gearshift characteristics as well as the optional suspension with adaptive damper control. With ESC Off-road mode and nearly 15 centimetres (5.9 inches) of ground clearance, the all-new Q2 is also well suited to rugged terrain.
A number of advance driver-assistance systems are also available for the all-new Q2. Audi’s pre-sense front uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary. The driver also gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can manoeuvre the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors. Adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist round out the offering of driver assistance systems available.
The interior of the all-new Q2 continues the angular design language of the exterior and offers space for five occupants. It features top-quality materials and workmanship customary at Audi, as well as exemplary ergonomics.
The highlight of the interior is the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the ‘View’ button on the multifunction steering wheel. In classic mode, the instruments appear as large as the usual analogue displays. In infotainment mode, a central window predominates that provides more space for the navigation map or shows clearly arranged lists for the phone, radio and audio sectors.
In addition to the fully digital instrument cluster and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class can optionally be implemented – the head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct field of vision. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages.
The all-new Q2 features the MMI radio and the non-retractable monitor is standard equipment. There is a choice of two different MMI Navigation systems to choose from, a basic version or an advanced version. Both versions include Audi connect and Bluetooth streaming, the only difference being the MMI touch pad and the level of radio system.
The luggage compartment can accommodate 405 litres of cargo. That volume can be increased to 1,050 litres when the rear bench seat back is folded. Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle segment also serves as a through-loading facility for transporting longer length items.
Audi’s first entry to the supermini SUV segment seems like the result of years and years of market research – the all-new Q2 is more visually appealing than other Audis, more practical and spacious than expected and boasts an impressive range of standard safety systems and technologically advanced engines. The all-new Q2 significantly more premium compared to rivals. The Audi franchise lacks representation in Kenya as at now. However, one can easily import a tropicalized new Audi Q2 from South Africa.
Quote: The interior of the all-new Q2 continues the angular design language of the exterior and offers space for five occupants.
What we like
- Classy interior
- Economical and refined engines
- Quick shifting automatic transmission
What we dislike
- Expensive optional extras
- Rivals have better exterior design
- Not as practical as rivals