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Audi Q2

COMPACT WITH A CAPITAL Q (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Q2 shows that Audi has a youthful side. Jonathan Crouch checks out this appealing little small SUV.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 49

Audi aims to inject a little more fun into its SUV line-up with this more compact and affordable Q2 model. It's aimed at customers wanting a Nissan Juke-style small Crossover but requiring a little more class and quality. In short, this is a new direction for the Ingolstadt brand.

Backgroundword count: 112

'Fun' isn't a word you necessarily associate with Audi. 'Cool' perhaps. 'Classy' possibly. 'Mature' definitely. Well forget that third adjective when it comes to discussion of this car, the Audi Q2. It's the kind of product that the German brand hopes will lower its target age demographic, at the same time giving buyers of small Crossovers like Nissan's Juke and Renault's Captur a more appealing option to aspire towards. In truth, it's likely that the Q2 will prove to be a little too pricey for customers of those cars but premium models in this segment - contenders like Honda's HR-V and Jeep's Renegade - should certainly feel the heat from this Q2.

Driving Experienceword count: 189

The Q2 is available with a selection of five different engines. Along with a 116PS 1.0-litre three-cylinder 30 TFSI, a four-cylinder 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit is being offered in the '35 TFSI' variant with the brand's clever 'Cylinder on Demand' system. Two four-cylinder diesel engines are available with 1.6 and 2.0 litres of displacement and outputs of 116PS ('30 TDI') and 150PS ('35 TDI'). The '35 TDI' comes with quattro 4WD. As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission, Audi also offers the S tronic dual clutch transmission with seven speeds for all engines bar the entry-level 1.0-litre unit. At the top of the range is a 300PS SQ2 quattro sporting model. Installed at the rear on the front-wheel drive versions is a semi-independent suspension, while the quattro models have a four-link suspension. Progressive steering is standard in all variants. It varies the steering gear ratio as a function of the steering input; the ratio is made more direct with large steering movements. Adaptive dampers are available as an option, as is the Audi drive select system with which drivers can set an individual characteristic for their Q2.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

8.5

Combined mpg:

51.4

CO2 (g/km):

109

131

Height (mm):

1508

Insurance group:

13

20

Length (mm):

4191

... and 3 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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