35 TFSI 150PS S line S tronic
is one of the attributes
you want in your next compact SUV
then one of Audis
models should top your shortlist...
IT WILL COST YOU but then quality always does. To drive away in one
of the prestige German brand's smallest SUVs you'll need to turn up with not
a penny less than £24K. For those with deeper pockets there are five Q2 trim
levels to whet your appetite: Technik, Sport, S line, Black Edition and the
extensively-equipped Vorsprung that will set you back £40K.
We recently spent a week with a £30K mid-range S line Q2 the 35 TFSI
150PS S tronic: Audi-speak for its powerful 1,498cc four-pot petrol engine with
a cylinder-on-demand efficiency system. Fuel economy is respectably frugal as
confirmed by our hard-driven week's test average of 46.7mpg (versus the official
44.8mpg) enabling a near-enough 500-mile range.
Outputting 148bhp and partnered (and very suitably so) by one of Audi's smooth
'n' sweet seven-speed twin-clutch autoboxes, progress is satisfyingly linear
courtesy of the 184lb ft of torque from 1,500rpm which generates ample grunt
whenever your right foot calls for full speed ahead; nudge the selector lever
from D back to Sport and you'll find the Q2's unleaded heart is more than happy
to deliver the grunt. For those times when you're in less of a hurry it's a
smooth operator; the shifts are pretty much imperceptible and together with
the hushed and beautifully tailored cabin take the edge off the miles.
design team has resculpted the Q2's body and their artful nip-and-tuck treatment
has infused this town-friendly SUV with a sharper visual distinction that benefits
from crisp, sharply defined corners and edges, its confident stance boosted
by the dominantly deep and wide 'single-frame' radiator grille.
rakish coupe roofline
and tailgate, sculpted
door panels, eye-
blades cladding the
finished in black, grey
or silver) add extra
styling features that
ramp-up drama without
being OTT the result
of all this visual detailing
A rakish coupe roofline and tailgate, sculpted door panels, eye-catching flat-cut
wheelarches, contrasting 'blades' cladding the rear-three-quarter pillars (body-coloured
or finished in black, grey or silver) add extra styling features that ramp-up
drama without being OTT the result of all this visual detailing are cut-throat
urbane looks; shown off magnificently by our test car's delectable Daytona Grey
Style rivals can be counted on the fingers of one hand: the MINI Countryman
with its snazzy interior and Union Jack tail lights; the DS 3 Crossback (French-chic
cabin treatment); and Volvo's modish XC40 that blends premium Scandi quality
with eye-catching design. None, however, can quite match the cultured braggadocio
that is part and parcel of Audi's compact SUV's DNA.
Despite the fine-looking cut of its suit, the real flair is found inside the
Q2 where, despite it being Audi's dinkiest SUV (occupying a mere 4.2
metres of blacktop, it's actually shorter than a three-door A3 hatchback) it
has no trouble accommodating up to five. The interior is characteristically
Audi, showcasing a tasteful, clean-cut, high-quality ambiance and meticulous
fit and finish. Stylish touches and smart detailing abound, such as the iconic
milled TT-esque knurled air vent bezels that look great and work with a quality
feel; there's also enhanced equipment, new and improved web-based Audi connect
functionality along with an expanded portfolio of driver assist systems which
means an upgrade to MMI Navigation Plus and Audi's brilliant Virtual Cockpit.
The seats are sporty and supportive and lovingly trimmed in suede and leather
with four-way electric lumbar adjustment and they serve up genuine long-range
comfort. The height-adjustable three-stage heated seats are quick to heat and
scrumptiously hot. Adding to the vibes is a multifunction steering wheel with
a perforated leather-wrapped rim that's an absolute delight to grip and use.
Seated, you'll enjoy a full fist of headroom plus plenty of leg and elbow room
combined with a first-rate driving position made better by excellent views down
the bonnet and even through the rear screen. A large glass powered sunroof floods
the über-driver-friendly cockpit with light.
The MMI navigation, mentioned above, includes an LTE module for fast data transmission
and introduces Audi Connect's many Internet-derived benefits including online
traffic, weather and local fuel pricing information plus Google Earth navigation
mapping. It also includes a new SOS call & service feature which, via the myAudi
smartphone-based app allows the owner to, amongst other things, lock their Q2
remotely or check the fuel level and range.
are plenty of customisation options for the fully digital 12.3-inch Virtual
Cockpit instrument panel including five superbly clear layouts either with or
without the active mapping incorporated; essentials such the active gear and
driving mode, road speed readout, the posted limit and navigation prompts are
always shown. Operating the infotainment & navigation system through its
crystal clear 8.3-inch monitor is dead-easy and less distracting when driving
courtesy of the rotary controller or natural language voice control, both of
which work faultlessly.
are plenty of
for the fully digital 12.3-
inch Virtual Cockpit
including five superbly
clear layouts either with
or without the active
infotainment and navigation system
through its crystal clear
and less distracting
when driving courtesy of
the rotary controller or
natural language voice
control, both of which
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is equally seamless and the SatNav
couldn't be more straightforward to use. An embedded Audi Connect data SIM gives
access to Google Earth and Google Street View while Bluetooth and DAB are also
And while the default sound system is perfectly fine, audiophiles can choose
to upgrade to either Audi's 10-speaker Sound System or a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen
705W set-up. A WiFi charging bed for your smartphone lives under the height-adjustable
armrest between the front chairs and you'll find CD, SD and SIM slots in the
practical-sized glovebox. Talking of in-cabin storage, there's also wide, roomy
bottle-holding door bins, dual-use cupholders, and a storage locker under one
of the front seats.
S line models mark the middle of the range and come well kitted-out: in addition
to the already-mentioned virtual instrument cluster, hi-grade MMI infotainment
and SatNav packages, heated sports seats and Drive Select dynamic handling system
you get a powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, heated
and auto-dimming powerfolding door mirrors, electric windows (all four feature
one-shot up/down op), rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter,
LED ambient cabin lighting with softly backlit inlays (the colour schemes can
be selected via the MMI), a sport suspension set-up, autonomous emergency braking
(Pre sense Front with pedestrian recognition; works up to speeds of 40mph for
pedestrians and up to 127mph for vehicles), auto wipes 'n' lights, rain lights,
side and rear windows in heat-insulating glass, a large powered glass sunroof
with opaque sunblind, polished stainless steel pedal set, electric parking brake
with auto-hold, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, scrolling front and
rear indicators and a stylish set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
Good news for anyone allocated one of the well-padded rear seats legroom
is good, feet can move around easily, the seatbacks are set at relaxing angles,
and passengers sit higher than those in front of them. And, thanks to the SUV
bodystyle and roofline, there's still almost a fist of headroom. The seats are
well shaped and make for 'cosy' journeys and real-life adults will be genuinely
comfy sitting behind other real-life grown-ups.
Three seated side-by-side is a definite can-do but, as in even much bigger cars,
the best recipe for harmony is by playing a 2-2 formation. Adding to the ease
of travelling in the rear cabin are decent views out, a drop-down central armrest
with pop-up cupholders, storage pouches on the front seatbacks and usable door
standard alloy wheel size for S line models is 18-inches wrapped in 215/50 rubber.
The '50' profile sidewalls are good news from the ride point of view while still
providing assured traction when 'pressing on' is on your mind. So while you
will be aware of the more brutal potholes, the ride generally is pretty much
blemish-free and you and your fellow travellers can ride along just fine.
proven time and
again by true-blue
sports cars, if you want
dont want bulk.
The Q2s modest
footprint hits the spot
and you dont need
to drive many miles to
determine its character:
wieldy and sporty.
This SUV doesn't lean
even if you do when
pushing through a bend.
Grip is plentiful; even
in the front-wheel drive
versions, once you pick
a line your Q2 will
stick to it...
As proven time and again by true-blue sports cars, if you want decent driving
characteristics you don't want bulk. The Q2's modest footprint hits the spot
and you don't need to drive many miles to determine its character: wieldy and
sporty. This SUV doesn't lean even if you do when pushing through a bend. Grip
is plentiful; even in the front-wheel drive versions, once you pick a line your
Q2 will stick to it.
The progressive-rate power steering keeps pace with you along winding roads
while the sports suspension does its bit, providing neat and nicely balanced
handling on B-roads and back lanes. Killing your speed any place, any
time, any weather is not a problem with more than enough bite from the
Plus, of course, there's Drive Select which gives you the choice between Efficiency,
Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual driving modes. And then there's the S
tronic's Sport mode that injects some fast and unrelenting zing into the Q2's
forward-charging velocity while using the steering-wheel paddle shifters in
Manual mode gives real control of the beastie.
At 405 litres the Q2's regularly-shaped boot is more than able to satisfy most
owners' requirements. Guaranteeing ease of use is a hands-free, fast-acting,
powered tailgate that lifts high (it can also be opened and closed from the
driver's seat). Boosting versatility is a double-height floor which, at its
upper setting, ensures a completely flat load space floor both in boot mode
as well as full cargo bay mode (1,050 litres) with the 60:40-split rear seats
lowered. A wide, drop-down central load-through section makes carrying longer
items a doddle while the 1,700kg braked towing ability is more than acceptable.
With its mission statement to 'stand out from the crowd' clearly achieved, Audi's
upmarket through-and-through Q2 serves up SUV utility and convenience with a
feelgood owning and driving experience: a persuasive and classy package that's
worth every penny. Definitely worth queuing for! ~ MotorBar
Audi Q2 35 TFSI 150PS S line S tronic
Maximum speed: 135mph | 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds | Test Average: 46.7mpg
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2: 144g/km