Small SUVs have been a thing for a while now, so it seems odd that it’s only now Audi has finally brought its take on the idea to market. Audi’s smallest SUV is pitched at the young of age and young at heart.
• VEHICLE: AUDI – Q2 2.0 TDI “Quattro”
• REVIEWED: 7th April 2017
• DEALER: Bellbowrie Motors, Coffs Harbour
Fresh looks, compact proportions and the kudos that comes with a four-ringed badge. Yes, the Audi Q2 pushes all the buttons an on-the-way-up urbanite could ask for.
A luxury small SUV with personality, and an angular new look. Audi’s first Q2 SUV is now in Australia with petrol and diesel engines and the same level of fit and finish that the brand’s more expensive models have become known for.
Moreover, it’s actually an accomplished little car, combining luxurious materials, cutting-edge safety and infotainment technologies, and a range of engines arguably worthy of the asking price.
Audi offer the Q2 initially with a choice of 1.4 TFSI (turbo-petrol) or 2.0 TDI (turbo-diesel) engines. Both are hooked-up to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission dubbed S-tronic in Audi parlance, though only the latter is offered with quattro on-demand all-wheel drive.
We drove the 2.0 TDI – the diesel provides effortless shove, helped by the fact that peak torque arrives at just 1750 rpm. A hint of hesitation can be detected when taking off from a standstill, likely a combination of the stop/start system, turbo lag and the dual-clutch transmission; though reasonably sporty, a more powerful engine would definitely make the Q2 a lot more engaging to drive.
Around town the Q2 is quiet and compliant when negotiating the many lumps and bumps of our regional city streets. On the loose stuff, however, there’s a distinct shift up in grip and capability.
“The quattro drivetrain is sure-footed and confidence-inspiring.”
Despite its compact dimensions, however, the Q2 feels planted and solid at all speeds, while road and wind noise is kept to a minimum.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE; CAUSE THAT’S WHERE YOU ARE?
Let’s start with the boot, for a change. For such a small car, the Q2’s packaging is spot on and that’s instantly noticeable in the boot, which offers 355 litres of storage space with the rear seats up, and 1,050 litres with them folded down.
The back seats are comfortable, and despite the tiny-tot dimensions, there’s a decent amount of room in the back with entry and exit easy. Indeed, I’m six-foot tall and I didn’t bump my head getting in or out and had plenty of head, shoulder and legroom when seated.
In the front, and the Q2 offers the feeling of being sat in one of Audi’s larger cars, just a bit smaller. The quality of the interior is first-rate, with soft-touch plastics everywhere and, even where it’s not soft, it’s finely grained with a matt finish that feels good on the fingers.
Standard equipment on all models includes MMI Navigation with a 7.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, parking system plus with rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed seats, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian protection (up to 65 km/h), Audi Connect with Google Earth functionality and Wi-Fi hotspot, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2.0 TDI “Sport” quattro, gets the larger 18-inch alloys, an electric tailgate, sports seats and blind-spot monitoring – which Audi likes to call “Side Assist”.
The Q2 comes with Audi’s standard three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with roadside assist for the duration.
Verdict: The Q2 is a cracking start for Audi in the compact SUV segment.
While it isn’t weighed down with standard features, it does have enough stuff out of the box, and that four-ringed badge will be enough for plenty of people.
I could have done with more time with it in the daily grind, but those who are spending near enough to fifty large on a mini SUV – and there are plenty of them – are going to be sorely tempted by the Q2.
Being an Audi, there are option packages galore. This one came with some optional extras which pushed the price up, but I believe were well worth the coin.
My suggestion is that you get down to Bellbowrie AUDI and test drive their demo; you will surely fall for this tidy compact SUV as I did.
Motor Mouth Rating: 8/10
Audi Q2 2.0 TDI quattro – pricing and specifications
Base Price $47,900 (plus on-road costs)
Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Output 140 kW/320 Nm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch
Fuel 5.0 L/100 km (ADR Combined)
CO2 output 131 g/ km (ADR Combined)
Safety Rating Five-star (Euro NCAP)