New Audi Q2 Preview
We get an early look at Audi’s new Q2 Crossover
Audi’s smallest Q model could be their biggest car of 2016 with the introduction of the new Audi Q2. Aimed at younger drives to get them into the Audi brand, the Q2 offers incredible customisation in the form of a compact and high-tech crossover. Think of it as a more grown-up and dynamic alternative to the MINI Countryman with everything you’d expect to find in much larger Audis.
The Q2 made it’s UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 and we were there to get a close first-look at what we think could be a strong model. So far the reviews have been positive and with prices starting from £20,230, it seems well positioned against rivals like the Mercedes GLA or the BMW X1.
- New Audi Q2 Exterior
The Q2 we saw was an S line finished in Vegas Yellow with the standard coloured bumpers, although you can order the Q2 with body-coloured bumpers at no additional cost for a less rugged look. First impressions are that the Q2 does feel a lot smaller than you might expect – it is closer to A3 size than Q3 and that trend continues throughout the model. This is by no means a bad thing as the compact dimensions will suit an urban environment, a place where the Q2 will most likely spend most of its time.
The front of the Q2 looks quite different from any other Audi model with headlights that aren’t simply borrowed from another model in the range. This gives the Q2 a unique character and compliments it as a brand new model. The grille is prominent as with most Audi models and towards the bottom of the front bumper on this model was underbody protection. The Q2 we were previewing did have quattro although as with most crossovers it’s unlikely to see anything other than tarmac.
A design highlight of the Q2 is the new C-pillar blades, similar to that you find on an Audi R8. It’s these blades that help you determine what trim level the Q2 is.
This helps give the Q2 a bit of identity while bringing some of the highlights from the R8 to smaller models, something that may excite some buyers.
The 18-inch five-spoke ‘Y’ alloy wheels fill the arches well and make us think the 16-inch alloys on the standard SE model may look quite small in comparison. There is definitely room for larger 19-inch alloy wheels although of course the right quality will be reduced.
Overall the exterior of the Q2 looks good, it fits in with the rest of the Audi brand as being dynamic and sharp but it’s different enough to be unique from the rest of the range. While the rugged bumpers of this Q2 gave it a nice contrast between the Vegas Yellow paint, we expect most buyers will prefer the body-coloured option that helps make the Q2 seem a little more sporty and refined.
- New Audi Q2 Interior
Inside and the new Audi Q2 closely resembles the recently face lifted Audi A3. It’s a clean and crisp design with aluminum inlays to brighten up the predominantly black interior. This model had leather seats which were comfortable and supportive and have a more luxurious feel to the cabin. All the switch gear is typically Audi and of a very good quality and the sports multifunctional steering wheel was a great shape and nice to hold.
This particular model had the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit which we’ve seen before on the TT, A3, A4, A5, Q7 and R8. Gradually we expect this option to be available across most Audi models and naturally it is one of the options you would be tempted to tick. If you do it will be worth the premium as the 12.3-inch display is ultra crisp and allows you to choose from different displays such as a large satellite navigation with smaller dials, larger dials with a map in the middle or to have the current songs being played displayed.
It may be questioned as to why the Q2 has a large middle infotainment screen, of course if you don’t choose the Virtual Cockpit this is where all the navigation and infotainment will be displayed. Even if you do choose the Virtual Cockpit, this two screen setup allows you to have see two types of information at once. So you could have the satellite navigation the main focus of the Virtual Cockpit while you have the centre screen for your play list to allow other passengers to see what’s the current song. Plus with Audi Connect you can take advantage of many apps available such as Google Earth which all take place on the main central display.
Other highlights included Audi MMI Touch which makes for quick navigation around the various menus with a turn wheel and a touch pad on the top that allows you to write with your finger. The round air vents and climate control are all similar to what we’ve seen before on the A3.
Space is generous for what feels like a small crossover. Passengers in the back have a decent amount of head and leg space and there’s enough storage available. The luggage space is reasonable too for a car of this size meaning the Q2 really does make the most of the space well.
- Audi Q2 Specification
As with most recent Audis, the specification is generous even on standard models. As always the tempting extras on the specification above make it easy to start upgrading to the more expensive but better equipped trim levels. As with most Audi models the Q2 comes in the standard SE, Sport and S line trims but also a special ‘launch edition’ S line Edition #1.
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Grey contrast bumpers with matching C-pillar blades
- Leather multifunctional steering wheel
- Audi pre-sense with pedestrian recognition
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Satellite navigation
- Cruise controlledAutomatic headlights and wipers
- Silver C-pillar blades
- No cost optional body-coloured bumpers
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights and tailights
- S line sports seats
- S line exterior styling
- Titanium matt C-pillar blades
- Quantum grey metallic paint
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- LED interior lighting pack
- C-pillar blades in black with Audi rings
- New Audi Q2 Engines
The engine line up will expand over time with smaller and larger engines expected to join the line up. The Q2 borrows engines from other models in the range and consists of:
- Audi Q2 Prices and Launch Date
Prices for the new Audi Q2 start from £20,230 and will be available to order from summer 2016.