- Impressive interior
- Sharp handling
- Unique styling
- SE trim is sparsely equipped
- Rear visibility not the best
- Looks might not be to everyone’s taste
Practical crossover SUV with unique, funky styling
The Audi Q2 is the German manufacturer’s latest addition to its SUV lineup. The Audi Q2 is the cheapest of the lot, and is a firm rival to the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. What the Q2 has in abundance, which its rivals do not, is an impressive premium feel. The badge will be enough for most buyers to seriously consider the Q2, but it has much more to offer. It’s easy to drive, spacious, and features an impressively prestigious interior. With an exceptional engine range on offer as well, the Q2 really is an outstanding family crossover SUV.
Premium quality, spacious, and generously equipped
The Audi Q2 might be one of the cheapest cars in the Audi range, but it certainly doesn’t feel it. The cabin is well-designed, and beautifully constructed, allowing buyers an entry into the world of premium motoring, at an affordable price.
The dashboard design of the Q2 is essentially the same as that what you’d find in an Audi A3. That means a clean, contemporary cabin is complemented with easy to use, well-damped controls. Materials quality is on the whole excellent as well, though there a few harder, cheaper feeling plastics lower down in the cabin. A range of customisation options are also available, so you can colour code interior accents to match the wide range of vibrant colour options.
Practicality is also one of the Q2’s strong points. There’s plenty of room for four full-sized adults to travel comfortably, with more than enough leg and headroom for even the tallest of passengers. The 405 litre boot capacity is similarly impressive, as it is plenty big enough for most family needs, with enough room for a big family shop, or even a bulky buggy. The Q2 also packs in more load capacity than the Nissan Juke (355 litres), which is likely to be its main competition.
Equipment levels in the Q2 are pretty generous, though you might want to avoid the entry-level trim if you like your creature comforts. The Sport trim is the one most buyers will go for, as it offers the best balance of equipment and value for money. Q2s in this guise come with electric windows, cruise control, air-con, sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, alloy wheels, and contrasting interior trim, all useful additions, especially if you spend a lot of time behind the wheel.
All in all the interior of the Q2 is the best in its class. It’s high quality construction, clean design, impeccable practicality, and generous equipment list will win over most buyers. There’s very little to fault inside the Q2, it really is an unbeatable package.
Class-leading handling, with a smooth, refined ride
Crossover SUVs aren’t especially known for their handling ability, but the Audi Q2 is a hugely rewarding car to drive. The Q2 is based on the same chassis as the Audi A3, so like its sibling, it features sharp handling, responsive steering, and plenty of grip through the corners. There is a little bit more body lean, but that’s to be expected from an SUV. The Q2 comes as standard with 2WD, with more expensive models featuring a 4WD system that only improves grip and stability.
For such a sweet handling car, the Q2 is also impressively comfortable. The standard Dynamic suspension set up deals with all but the worst of road surfaces, ironing out potholes and loose tarmac with relative ease. At motorway speeds things can become a little bit jumpier, but it’s far from unpleasant. Road, wind, and engine noise are also quiet, even at speed, which makes the Q2 an impressive long-distance cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Q2 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission that offers great flexibility for both town and long-distance driving, as well as featuring a short, snappy gearchange. The optional seven-speed S tronic automatic is also well worth considering, as it is one of the most technologically advanced, rewarding gearboxes available on the market.
A solid range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Q2, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s two of each currently on offer, with a good range of power outputs, with an engine for nearly all needs.
If it’s power that you want from your Q2, it might be quite hard to gauge which will be the best option for you. Audi hasn’t yet revealed all of the figures for the Q2, but on paper, the quickest should be either the petrol-powered 1.4 TFSI engine, which packs 148bhp, or the 2.0 TDI model, which provides identical power. Acceleration times haven’t yet been released, but it’s inevitable that the diesel engine will offer the greater fuel efficiency of the two.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pretty pleased with the figures that have currently been released by Audi. The diesel-powered 1.6 TDI engine is said to produce just 114g/km of CO2 emissions, though it is expected that the petrol-powered 1.0 TFSI will be greener still, perfect for helping to save the planet. Money-savers will want to take a close look at the 1.6 TDI engine, as it can achieve up to an impressive 64.3mpg. Of the figures not yet released, it’s unlikely that either the 1.0 TFSI, or the 2.0 TDI will be more efficient than this model.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Q2, you’ll undoubtedly get impressive fuel efficiency, green credentials, and an ample amount of accessible power. At the minute, the 1.6 litre diesel is the engine of choice, though the 1.0 TFSI might eventually knock it off its perch.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but impressive standard safety kit
The Audi Q2 is a relative newcomer to British markets, so it hasn’t yet been tested by the team at NCAP. Audi is a brand that values safety standards highly though, so it’s hard to see the Q2 achieving anything less than the maximum 5 stars, especially when you consider that nearly all of the Q2’s rivals achieved this feat. The Q2 does come with lots of safety kit as standard, with a full compliment of airbags, electronic stability control, and Audi’s Pre Sense safety system, which automatically brakes the car if it spots an upcoming emergency. Lane departure warning, traffic-sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control are all optional extras.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Audi Q2 represents superb value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but of the figures so far released it is clear that fuel efficiency is high throughout the range, whilst CO2 levels are impressively low. It’ll be interesting to see how the two new engines score in both of these regards, but Audi is known for making cars that are great value to run day-to-day, so it’s more than likely that they’ll both offer solid figures.
Insurance groups for the Audi Q2 have yet to be released, but it is likely that the Q2 will be slightly more expensive than the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. That’s to be expected from a premium brand like Audi, but costs shouldn’t be too much more, especially for entry-level models.
Depreciation is a large factor with the almost all new cars, but this is only if you choose to buy from catalogue. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off waiting for the Q2 have been around a while, and opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi Q2 is set to be one of the UK’s best-selling luxury compact crossovers. It’s stylish, practical, features an exceptional interior, and already has some excellent engines on its books. And with a great driving experience, and a refined ride, it’s sure to be hugely popular with small family buyers, who enjoy a bit of luxury in their life.
Buying a used Audi Q2 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Audi Q2 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Q2. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Audi Q2 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Audi? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Audi Q2, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Q2, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Audi to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.