Sport 1.4 TFSI Cylinder on Demand 150PS
has an amazing knack of
producing a never-ending stream
of desirable cars the latest to
appear in showrooms across the
UK is their chic all-new compact
SUV, the Q2...
AND, AS YOU'D EXPECT of something wearing four interlinked rings on its nose,
it's a premium product that's already seduced many a driver of, amongst other
things, Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes GLA models. And with prices starting
from £21K, who wouldn't be tempted?
It may be 'topped' by a 3, a 5 and a 7 (all Qs, of course) but the new Q2 shouldn't
be underestimated when it comes to road presence. Size-wise it might only measure
the shorter side of 4.2 metres from nose to tail but its five-door bodyshell
is fronted by one of Audi's trademark deep single-frame octagonal grilles flanked
by sweeping headlight units with distinctive-pattern LED daytime running lights.
And despite riding tall, and aided by the tapering roofline, there's a low-slung
look to its lines. Pronounced corners are emphasised by attractively bold nose
and tail light units and the subtle geometric chamfering along the waistline
adds an understated flash of distinction; as too do the dark metallic-finish
wheelarch inserts, lower door protection cladding and bumpers. The tail sports
a neatly-integrated roof spoiler that along with the full-width rear screen
and layered horizontal tailgate, bumper and diffuser styling creates a neatly
single definitive visual flourish that instantly identifies a Q2 are its signature
C-pillar 'blades' (our test car's were finished in gleaming silver but they
are available in various colours and even carbon-fibre, and can be changed by
your helpful Audi dealer).
you feel the entry-level
three-pot Q2 doesnt
have sufficient wine-bar
bragging rights then
theres plenty more
1.4-litre with 150hp
to a 2.0-litre packing
If your heart's set on standing out from the crowd, our test car's Tango Red
metallic paintwork combined with Ice Silver metallic C-pillar blades takes some
And should you feel the entry-level one-litre turboed three-pot Q2 doesn't have
sufficient wine-bar bragging rights then there's plenty more powerplants to
choose from: a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol-drinking TFSI with 150hp; a 1.6-litre
turbodiesel (115hp); a 2.0 TDI with 150hp and all-wheel drive; and a 4WD 2.0-litre
petrol packing a serious 190hp under its bonnet.
Underpinning the Q2 is the same platform that's used by the A3 hatchback but
Audi's smallest 'Q' benefits from a wider track and stance that compensates
for its SUV height. The result is a well-fettled dynamic character the
steering is quick and meaty and keeps you in touch with what's happening at
the sharp-end and, combined with the Q2's compact footprint, serves up nimble
Reduced to a sound-bite, the Q2 is an 'easy rider' that, slow or fast, is always
a pleasure to drive. And its 'pointy' and sure-footed front-end with
minimal body-lean during cornering can always be relied upon to slap
a smile on your face.
Audi's five-mode Drive Select system (Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, and
Individual) is something else that keen drivers will enjoy switch to
Dynamic mode and the TFSI feels raring to go; even with front-wheel drive you
really do feel connected to the tarmac.
in Comfort the ride was more than satisfactory for an SUV, and turned bad roads
into eminently tolerable ones while keeping the higher-riding Q2 dynamically
on the ball and agreeably agile.
to that the high-set driving position and you're guaranteed a very satisfactory
urban driving experience. Motorways? It eats 'em for breakfast; set the cruise
to the legal limit and the Q2 will run tirelessly all day long, as stable as
it is quiet. Big car feel? The Q2's got it in spades!
in Comfort the ride
was more than
satisfactory for an SUV,
and turned bad roads
into eminently tolerable
ones while keeping the
dynamically on the ball
and agreeably agile...
This is an Audi, so of course you're expecting a smart cabin; but even so the
Q2 lays it out with conspicuous style the front sport seats are upholstered
in black Milano leather with red contrast stripes and stitching (an AbFab must-have
The clean-cut fascia sliced side-to-side by a dramatic 3D-woven-effect
metallic strip that matches the exterior red paintwork (also applied to the
door pulls and central tunnel edging) features prominent eyeball air
vents, a slim stand-alone infotainment screen mounted top-dead-centre of the
dash and smart-looking dials with can't-be-beaten-for-clarity white-on-black
markings and mini LED scales for temp and fuel. Overall the fit and finish is
first-rate and all as satisfying to touch as it is to look at.
Taking up just 4.2 metres of road space doesn't stop the Q2 feeling welcomingly
roomy inside; a feeling boosted by its decent headroom and upright SUV packaging.
Drivers of all shapes and sizes can easily set a comfortable driving position;
held in place by well-judged bolstering, you sit high with a commanding view
over the profiled bonnet with good all-round visibility all of which
makes the Q2 oh-so-easy to place and to park.
Being an Audi, there's plenty of hi-tech kit covering everything from safety
to Comms including Audi's straightforward MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch
infotainment screen through which most of the car's functions are controlled,
front sports seats, Drive Select (five selectable driving modes including the
customisable Individual) plus the usual complement of airbags as well as traction
and stability control, and Audi's Pre Sense pedestrian warning that includes
Autonomous Emergency Braking and which will apply the brakes for a non-attentive
driver if the system detects a pedestrian stepping out in front of the Q2.
you can also take for granted all the 'essentials' such as dual-zone climate
control, one-shot auto up/down windows (all four), power-adjustable heated door
mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric parking brake, 'rain' mode headlights
(minimise glare-back on wet streets at night), cruise control, speed-limiter,
front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipes, three-spoke multifunction
leather-wrapped steering wheel (including buttons for repeating the last navigation
prompt and a driver-designated 'favourite' function), and a multi-configurable
driver's trip computer with digital speed readout.
feature than many will
probably miss are the
extended lower door
panels that cover the sills
to keep them clean in all
weathers so no more
dirty trouser legs,
stockings or leggings...
Also standard-fit is a SatNav with 3D mapping, and ample USBs to keep you connected
on the move an appreciated bonus is the three-month subscription to Audi
Connect Infotainment Services which provides a 4G Internet connection and access
to various apps.
No surprise that there are plenty of boxes to tick in the Q2's options list
including for Audi's über-desirable 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital display
that replaces the conventional dials and lets you personalise all that's on
show including the SatNav mapping, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist,
lane departure warning, side assist, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition
and rear cross-traffic alert (for safer reversing), etc, etc.
A particularly neat feature than many owners will probably miss are the extended
lower door panels that cover the sills to keep them clean in all weathers
so no more dirty trouser legs, stockings or leggings.
Those travelling in the rear cabin will be hard put to find a single thing to
mutter about: there's headroom to spare and, unexpectedly, even a six-footer
can get comfortable behind a similarly-sized driver. Large side windows let
in plenty of light and the views out are unrestricted. Relaxing backrest angles
are the order of the day with comfort enhanced by plenty of foot room and seats
that are as well-shaped and as good to travel in as those up front.
high-lifting and wide opening tailgate gives access to a regular shaped 405-litre
boot a pretty good size given the Q2's modest footprint; drop the rear
seatbacks and this jumps to a very practical 1,050 litres.
this 1.4 four-
pot is good for 52.3mpg,
and its helped in this by
Audis Cylinder on
Demand technology that
between two- and four-
cylinder running to save
fuel whenever under
a light load.
But theres no performance penalty:
the instant you need
its there for you...
Boosting the versatility is a two-level boot floor that set to its higher position
ensures the loadbay floor is seamlessly flat when the rear seats are folded
down; at its lower setting there's some useful extra boot height. Naturally
bag hooks are included! And if you're using all the seats for peeps and still
need to haul some, then the Q2 will tow a braked 1,500kg.
Likely to be the Q2's most popular powerplant is the 1.4 TFSI. And for good
reason it's a sweet-revving turbocharged direct injection petrol engine
with 148bhp (150PS) and an eager nature.
And no shortage of firepower: zero to 62mph is done and dusted in 8.5 seconds
and maxed out it will hit 131mph. Peak torque of 184lb ft is on call from just
1,500rpm, so you don't have to crack the whip too much to set a decent pace
while the default six-speed manual gearbox comes with a sweet and easy change
Officially this 1.4 four-pot is good for 52.3mpg, and it's helped in this by
Audi's Cylinder on Demand technology that switches imperceptibly between two-
and four-cylinder running to save fuel whenever it's under a light load. And
there's no performance penalty either: the instant you need powerful acceleration,
it's there for you.
In fact this responsive and refined engine is quite brilliant, punching well
above its cubic capacity. During our week driving around West Sussex's winding
and often demanding back roads, we averaged 43.9mpg although longer
runs over more straightforward blacktop saw this nudging up towards the sought-after
50mpg. Emitting 124g/km of CO2, the 1.4 TFSI is free of road tax for the first
year, after which you'll pay £110.
Four-ring kerb appeal and thoroughbred brand image, keen handling partnered
with a great 1.4-litre petrol engine with decent real-world economy plus important
personalisation options makes the Q2 yet another Audi on target to be a sure-fire
sales success. ~ MotorBar
Audi Q2 Sport 1.4 TFSI Cylinder on Demand 150PS
Maximum speed: 131mph | 0-62mph: 8.5 seconds | Test Average: 43.9mpg
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2: 124g/km