Audi’s Q2 proves a real head turner

by Michael Moroney

I’ve waited patiently to get my hands on the new Audi Q2 because of its niche and compact place in the Audi range and because of its obvious impressive good looks.
I wasn’t the only one impressed by the design of the car – just about everyone I met instantly commented on it in a positive light.

That confirmed for me that Audi has scored highly in terms of the design, which is making an impression even in their entry level Q2 SUV.
Audi offers a range of engine options for the Q2 and I had the base 1.0 litre, three-cylinder version on test. The engine is smooth and impressive.

It comes with a large 50-litre capacity fuel tank and for the 1.0-litre petrol version it’s there for good reason. While the official fuel economy figure is rated at 22.7km/litre (4.4/100km or 64mpg), I found that over my test drive, I was well off that mark, getting a 25% lower economy rating. Part of the reason for this was that even with the car’s six-speed gearbox, the engine was running at almost 3,000rpm when smoothly cruising at the top 120km/hr motorway speed.
The test car came packed with specification so it was a little difficult to decipher what the entry level buyer would get for the starting price of €30,950.
You will get style and a good driving feel; you will get an element of prestige from the Audi badge. You’ll also get some solid Audi features that make this small car a comfort drive in the sense of good road holding with some great stopping power.

On the inside the layout is very Audi in character. The steering wheel is compact and has a good feel to it with multi-function features to keep your eyes on the road. The Audi MMI system allows easy integration of your smart phone.
Just connect your smart phone to the car via a USB cable and it’s ready to go. I was quickly engaged with Apple Car Play to transfer all of the smart phone functions to the screen in the centre of the dash. You can access all of the phone’s features such as music streaming, contact lists, podcasts, maps and messages from the multi-function steering wheel with ease.
This also allows Google Maps to be used as a navigation guide, which was probably a bit of over-kill in this car as it came with its own impressive navigation system.
The navigation system was part of the tech package for the car that gives the driver extra features such as virtual cockpit, phone box, three years Audi connect subscription, the Audi MMI navigation plus system and the Audi enhanced sound system.
These give great driver features to the car; the bad news is that the tech package adds €2,450 extra to the price of the car.

Like all drivers, I picked the bits that suited my driving style and other than for research purposes used very little of the full package of infotainment features.
The Audi Side Assist system which includes park assist is also on the extras list, adding €746 to the price of the car. The extras listing is impressive in terms of delivering a great specification car, but you’ll pay for the extras.

All this means that to get a well specified car in the Q2 range that delivers the features that match its impressive styling, you’ll have to pay well in excess of the base €30,950 price.
There are plenty of smaller SUV options out there from the Honda HR-V to the Toyota C-HR and the Opel Mokka, all better priced but none have the stand-out design style that makes the new Audi Q2 so appealing; for me it’s just a matter of affordability to meet your desire.

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