Different strokes have defined a sharp and progressive look for the new Audi Q2, the fourth member of the highly successful Audi Q family. The Q2 made its world public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Audi’s design team has taken the compact SUV in a bold new styling direction designed to appeal to a younger audience, and combined this with a quality of finish and a portfolio of connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems that will be instantly familiar from the larger Audi Q3 (reviewed here), Q5 and Q7.
The result is a powerful-looking small SUV that shows a lot of vertices and edges. At the front, a strong image is created by the high-mounted octagonal Singleframe grille, as well as the large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with colour offset blades. The rear body terminates with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look.
The compact vehicle measures 1.51 metres tall and 1.79 metres wide. The overhangs are short, with a length of 4.19 metres and a wheelbase of 2.60 metres.
Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models, such as adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, lane-departure warning system and lane-keeping assistant.
The Q2 is equipped with a standard MMI screen, positioned high on the instrument panel. The infotainment system can be operated by a rotary/pushbutton control and two buttons on the centre tunnel. When MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is ordered, the console also gets a touchpad on the central control element.
Many equipment packages, exterior colours and expressive colours for the Q2’s interior trim and seat upholstery allow plenty of creative space for personal configuration. Newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, and can be optionally increased to 19-inch upon request.
The Q2 is launching with a selection of five different engines – a 1-litre 3-cylinder TFSI (from the A1, reviewed here), two 4-cylinder TFSI of 1.4 and 2-litre displacements, and two 4-cylinder diesel engines of 1.6-litre and 2-litre displacements. Audi’s S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds is available for all engines.