The Audi Q2 crossover brings style, class and big-car features to the small crossover class, but at a cost

Just when you thought Audi's range of crossovers was complete, along comes another. As its name suggests, the Q2 sits below the Q3, Q5 and Q7.

The Q2 offers a level of style, class and big-car features that rivals simply can't compete with, but it’s let down by its miserly kit in basic guise, a firm ride and a cheap-feeling interior finish in places. Still, there’s lots to like about the Audi. It’s good to drive, roomy and offers a range of personalisation options. It’s also backed by some tempting finance deals. You’ll just need to watch the options to stop the price spiralling out of control.

Interior space is good enough for four adults to travel comfortably, and there's a decent boot, while the quality is good where you see and touch. It's good to drive, too, with responsive controls and sure-footed handling combining with a comfy ride, unless you go for the sportiest set-up and biggest wheels.

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The Audi Q2 fills another niche within Audi's crossover and SUV line-up. Considering their popularity, Audi has only been in the SUV game for a little over a decade, since the original Q7 went on sale in 2005. And as its name suggests, the Q2 slots in below its Q3 and Q5 stablemates. It uses the same platform as the Audi A3 hatchback, so really it comes close to the Q3 in terms of size.

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While the Q2 is a member of Audi's crossover and SUV range, and Audi has built its success on the appeal of its quattro four-wheel-drive system, the Q2 is the most road-biased model in the crossover range. You can only get 4WD with the most powerful engines, as the rest of the range is front-wheel drive.

The engine range features five units, divided between three petrol engines and two diesels. First up are the petrols, a 1.0 TFSI 116PS three-cylinder turbo, a 1.4 TFSI 150PS turbo four-cylinder and a 2.0 TFSI 190PS. These have 114bhp, 148bhp and 187bhp respectively. The two diesels are a 1.6 TDI 116PS and a 2.0 TDI 150PS, which again produce 114bhp and 148bhp. All models bar the 2.0 units get a six-speed manual, while all engines bar the 1.0 TFSI can be had with Audi's seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Quattro four-wheel drive and the seven-speed S tronic box are standard on the 2.0 TDI and TFSI.

There's also a sporty Audi SQ2 model on offer, which brings a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, quattro four-wheel drive and a DSG gearbox. In mechanical terms it's similar to the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R; performance is impressive as a result.

SE, Sport and S line trims are offered with the 1.0, 1.4 and 1.6 engines, while the 2.0 engines only come in S line trim. The limited-run Edition 1 was also available when the Q2 was launched at the end of 2016, and is still currently on the price lists with the 2.0 engines.

SE models are sparsely equipped in comparison to the rest of the range, but they do get 16-inch wheels, a dashtop screen and air conditioning. Most buyers will be willing to pay the premium of around £1,550 that Sport models command to get 17-inch wheels, signature silver C-pillars and sports seats. The Sport model also features Audi Connect and its infotainment extras, as well as more upmarket interior trim.

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Flagship S line models feature a different look, courtesy of body coloured wheelarches, a silver grille and redesigned bumpers. 18-inch wheels, full LED lights with scrolling indicators at the rear, leather seats and sports suspension are also included. However, in our experience the sports suspension is too stiff to be comfortable on British roads, so we'd recommend switching to comfort suspension, which you can do at no extra cost. S line cars also gets LED interior lighting that bathes the cabin in gentle light and illuminates various trim elements. The Edition 1 builds on S line by adding 19-inch black alloys, a gloss black exterior pack and nappa leather seat trims in grey with brown details.

Plenty of advanced, efficient engines. Drive can be fun, but bigger wheels and sports suspension make it bumpy
Lightweight construction boosts running costs to A3 hatchback levels
Q2 leads the way when it comes to interior style, quality and tech, although you have to pay for the latter
The Q2 is smaller than an A3, but it offers similar passenger and boot space
Impressive safety kit and sharing so much with other Audi, VW, Skoda and SEAT models should help reliability

One highlight of the Q2 that makes it a better buy over the Q3 is that it comes with Audi’s Pre Sense safety kit. It's standard on all models and includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, which will put the brakes on if the sensors detect a pedestrian stepping out in front of the car. Other big car options include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assistance, traffic sign recognition and rear traffic alert when you’re reversing.

As it's a premium model, rivals for the Q2 are from the higher end of the small crossover class. Prices range from around £22,000 to £32,000, while the Edition 1 version is pricier still, at almost £37,000. Chief among these rivals are the BMW X1 and X2 twins, the Mercedes GLA and Range Rover Evoque. Elsewhere, the MINI Countryman is worth considering, while high-end versions of the Mazda CX-3,  Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X offer a lot of kit for similar money to basic versions of the Q2.

Last updated: 
28 Mar, 2018