By Wayne Gorrett
➤ Pricing from £22,380.
➤ UK orders open August, first deliveries November.
➤ Three trim grades, engines from 115PS to 190PS.
Audi’s new Q2 crossover will join the three other Q-designated SUVs in the Audi big-beast line-up later this summer when orders open in August, with first deliveries expected around November.
Priced from £22,380, the 12-model Q2 range is expected to appeal to a younger audience with the latest technologies dripping down from larger, high-grade Q models.
On the design front, there are lots of vertices and edges. At the front, the in-yer-face Audi grille is joined by large air inlets. The roof rides low, merging in to the C-pillars with offset colour inserts.
The Q2’s profile shows a high shoulder line and concave flanks in the door area, which emphasises the clad wheel housings for an overall rugged, compact look. The car 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 Q2 is to launch in the UK with an initial choice of two four-cylinder engines – the 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 115PS and the ‘cylinder-on-demand’ 1.4-litre TFSI petrol with 150PS. A three-cylinder 1.0-litre TFSI petrol with 115PS and a four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 150PS will become available later in the year.
Along with the six-speed manual gearbox, Audi will offer the seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission for all engines except the diminutive 1.0-litre TFSI. It will be standard for the 2.0-litre TDI diesel.
From mid-2017, a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine allied exclusively to quattro all-wheel-drive and S tronic transmission will be introduced and at that point it will also be possible to combine the 150PS TDI with quattro drive.
Three trim grades will be available from launch on the new Q2, with entry-level ‘SE’ versions benefitting from a raft of features as standard, including 16” alloys. Other will include the Audi smartphone interface, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto displayed via the MMI screen once a phone is plugged in via USB. A Bluetooth interface is also standard, as is the MMI radio plus with MMI controller and heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors. Inlays can be chosen in either white or orange.
For an additional £1,550, ‘Sport’ models gain 17” alloy wheels, Audi drive select with five operational modes, cruise control, light and rain sensors and sport seats upholstered in cloth. SD-card based MMI navigation is displayed via the seven-inch central screen and includes a three-month trial unlocking the Audi connect portfolio. Red or yellow inlays can be selected for the interior, while bumpers can be specified in Manhattan grey or matching body colour depending on preference.
Stand-out features on ‘S line’ models – priced at £2,250 above Sport – include the hallmark front, side and rear styling enhancements, 18” alloys, LED headlamps with LED rear lights and dynamic sweeping rear indicators, LED interior lighting, inlays finished in brushed aluminium and front sport seats upholstered in cloth/leather upholstery with S embossing on the backrests. A multi-function perforated leather steering wheel is also standard, featuring grey contrasting stitching and S line badging.
➤ More to follow when I’ve driven the new Audi A2.