Audi Q2 Review
The Audi Q2 is a small SUV with a smart interior, plenty of optional high-tech touches and a raised driving position, but its rear seats aren’t particularly comfy and it looks pricey versus alternatives in its higher trims
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
- Relaxing to drive
- Stylish, well-built interior
- Great high-tech options
What's not so good
- Back seats too upright
- Expensive top-spec models
- Poor rear visibility
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Think of the Audi Q2 as a Gucci bag – it’s a fashionable, roomy and well-built accessory that’s actually pretty practical for everyday life.
On the outside, it looks unlike any other Audi, but inside it’s business as usual. And it’s no bad thing that the dashboard is very similar to the one in the A3 – after all, that means you get a real feel-good factor thanks to expensive posh-feeling squishy plastics and an easy-to-use 7-inch infotainment screen.
If you’re willing to pay extra you can replace the speedo and rev-counter dials with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – a cutting-edge, customisable colour display that’ll show you sat-nav maps, music playlists and a whole lot more. It’s well worth paying for because it also gives you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which let you mirror your smartphone’s media streaming and sat-nav apps to the Audi Q2’s screen.
The Audi Q2 does the low-tech stuff rather well too – the front seats are comfy, and space in the back is okay for two tall adults, but you’ll soon hear complaints if you squeeze three adults back there, and the upright rear seat-back means your passengers can’t fully relax on long trips.
On the plus side you can fit loads of stuff in the Audi Q2’s boot, and if you flip the rear seats down there’s enough room to carry a bike with both its wheels attached – but the Mini Countryman’s 1,390-litre load bay is still noticeably bigger.
The Audi Q2’s designed to give you the feel-good factor of an Audi A3, but with a higher driving position and the extra feeling of security that comes with it
The Audi Q2’s compact size and light steering make it ideal for town driving. The suspension keeps things relatively comfy over potholes and you get a good view out – the only blind spots are caused by the small rear windscreen, which can make parking tricky. It’s quiet at high speeds too, but it’s not particularly fun to drive fast down a twisty road.
If you want to keep things as hushed as possible then pick a Audi Q2 with the 1.5-litre, 150hp petrol engine. It’s smooth, quiet and more than quick enough, yet it’ll return about 45mpg in normal driving. If you do lots of motorway miles then the noisier but more-efficient 1.6-litre diesel is worth a look because it’ll get around 50mpg on a long journey.
You can get the Audi Q2’s top-spec engines with four-wheel drive, but it’s not worth the drop in fuel economy or increase in price because a good set of winter tyres will be just as helpful when the roads get slippery.
In the unlikely event things do get out of control then the Audi Q2 will do a good job of looking after you and your family – a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test score in 2016 means it’s one of the safest small SUVs on sale. Combine that with its desirability, stylish interior and roomy boot and there’s no doubt that the Q2 is a great all-round small SUV.
From its squidgy high-quality plastics to its pretty trims and crisp infotainment screens – the Audi Q2 feels like a pint-sized luxury SUV – but then it’s not cheap and the coolest kit is optional
The Audi Q2 might not be the all-practical SUV you have been hoping for – it has loads of room up front and a practical, square-shaped boot, but the back seat is tight for six-footers
The Q2’s lovely inside but paying for that posh Audi badge means you don’t get the interior space you would get spending the same money on larger, less premium-feeling car
Both the driver and front passenger seats come with manual height adjustment as standard and there’s room for six-footers to get comfortable behind the wheel. Four-way lumbar support – to help prevent backache on long journeys – is an option on all models, however.
Space in the back seats is a little less generous. The tall rear doors make it fairly easy to jump if you’re tall in but their openings are quite narrow. If you’re more than six-foot tall you’ll find knee and headroom a little tight, too, and the rather upright seat backs can make long journeys quite uncomfortable.
A large lump in the floor and a raised central seat makes it tricky to squeeze in three abreast. There’s less shoulder room than you’ll find in a Mini Countryman, too, and the seats aren’t as supportive as those in a Volvo V40 Cross Country.
Both outside rear seats have Isofix anchor points, but the rather narrow rear doors make fitting a child seat trickier than in the roomier Mini. Thankfully, the Q2’s raised ride height means you won’t have to stoop down low to fit the seat base if you’re tall.
Cubby spaces in the Q2 are fair, but not exactly generous. The glovebox is large enough to hold two small bottles and the door bins can comfortably carry a 1.5-litre bottle each, but the central storage bin under the armrest will only just swallow a large smartphone. For extra you can have it with a handy wireless phone charging pad – worth going for if you’re always charging your phone on the move.
The rear door bins are almost as large as those in the front but rear cupholders are only available as part of the optional three-way split-folding rear seats.
You’ll be able to carry 405 litres of luggage in the Q2’s boot with the rear seats and parcel shelf in place – that’s enough room for a baby stroller and a few soft bags. A Mini Countryman, with its 450-litre boot, is slightly more practical.
The Q2’s rear seats fold flat in a 60:40 split as standard but a 40:20:40 split is offered as an optional extra – this option lets you carry a long item poking through from the boot as well as two rear passengers. With all the rear seats folded down and out of the way you can carry 1,050 litres of luggage – still less than the 1,390-litre Countryman but large enough to carry a bike with its wheels attached.
There’s no boot lip to lift heavy items over and the completely flat floor makes it easy to slide large boxes right up behind the front seats. The Q2’s rear bumper does stick out beyond the bootlid some distance so you’ll have to be careful not to scratch the paintwork when you load bulky items.
Pick a model without a spare wheel and there’s a large underfloor storage area – it’s not quite big enough to store the parcel shelf, however. There’s no 12V socket in the boot either, but four tethering points and a pair of shopping hooks will help stop smaller items from rolling around in the back.
The Q2’s easy to drive and – if you choose the optional adaptive suspension – pretty comfortable, too. You’ll have to watch out for the big blind spots, however
It’s comfortable, doesn’t lean too much in the corners and even front-wheel-drive models have loads of grip
You can get the Audi Q2 with three petrol engines and two diesels that drive either the front or all four wheels through a manual or automatic gearbox.
Pick a 1.5-litre 35 petrol model if you spend most of your time pottering around town. This 150hp engine’s significantly more powerful than the rather weedy 116hp 1.0-litre 30, so it doesn’t need to work quite so hard to keep up with traffic. It’s relatively quiet, very smooth and will return around 45mpg if you go easy on the accelerator.
The 1.6-litre 30 TDI diesel will be a better bet if motorway miles are more your thing. Audi claims it’ll return 61.4mpg but expect to see a figure in the low fifties. It grumbles more than the petrol when you accelerate hard but it settles into a quiet, relaxed cruise at motorway speeds.
You can als0 get the Audi Q2 with a pair of 2.0-litre petrol (40 TFSI) and diesel (35 TDI) engines with 190hp and 150hp respectively. Both come fitted with Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system as standard for a little extra grip in slippery conditions but they’ll use a little more fuel in day-to-day driving as a result.
Besides the high-spec 2.0-litre models, all Q2s come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The optional seven-speed twin-clutch automatic will set you back a hefty sum, but it’ll make light work of long journeys and heavy traffic. It’s slightly jerky at slow speeds, however, which can make parallel parking a little tricky until you get used to it.
The Q2’s raised ride height and boxy body make it easier to see out of than the A3 on which it’s based. The front door pillars don’t produce any particularly large blind spots and the side windows offer fair visibility, too.
You’ll find the small rear windscreen and thick rear window frames produce larger blind spots than those in a Mini Countryman, however – parking in tight spaces is more difficult as a result. All Q2 models come with much-needed rear parking sensors as standard, and a reversing camera is an option across the range.
Light steering helps make the Q2 easy to drive around town and it’s reasonably quiet on country roads and at motorway speeds. There isn’t too much roar from the tyres and wind noise is fairly muted, too. Cruise control comes as standard on all models to help take the stress out of long motorway journeys.
The standard suspension deals with potholes and bumps well, but pick the optional Sports set up (an option on Sport models and a no-cost option on S line and above) and you may find it a little too firm, especially over poorly maintained roads. The optional adaptive suspension system strikes the best balance between comfort and sporty handling.
Euro NCAP awarded the Q2 an impressive five-star safety score in 2016 making it one of the safest small SUVs you can buy. The Driver Assistance pack boosts safety but is only available on cars fitted with an automatic gearbox. It adds kit such as auto-dipping headlights, and allows the car to accelerate, brake and steer itself, even in traffic jams, so long as you keep your hands on the steering wheel.