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
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.