If you’re looking for a small Audi SUV, your options are getting ever more numerous. Audi has announced its smallest ever SUV – the Q2 – which will sit below the Q3 in its SUV range. While the Q3 rivals the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque, the Q2 is a more premium alternative to the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.
The Q2 arrives in July 2016 but, if you can’t wait that long, put the excellent Audi Q3 in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get. For more options, check out our list of the best SUVs on sale and our list of the best small SUVs.
Audi Q2 vs Q3 styling
Usually, Audi models look very similar to each other but, in the case of the Q2 and Q3, there are more obvious differences. The Q3’s front end is dominated by the usual hexagonal Audi grille featuring a thick frame and flanked by flat headlights. The Q2, on the other hand, gets much more angled headlights and chequered grill bars giving it bolder features overall.
Another noticeable departure from the Audi norm is the heavy contouring on top of the car’s doors and the contrasting panel that sits behind the Q2’s rear windows, giving the illusion of separating the roof from the car’s body. The Q3 is more understand in comparison with less body sculpting thanks to its older platform.
|Car||Length||Width (including door mirrors)||Height||Wheelbase|
Audi Q2 vs Q3 interior
The Q2’s interior has, save for a few minor details, been lifted directly from the A3 and, like the upcoming A3 facelift, has the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit in place of traditional dials. The latest version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system sits atop the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary controller on the centre console.
The Q3’s cockpit is equally well designed and oozes quality but, next to the Q2, feels like it’s from the previous generation. It isn’t available with the Virtual Cockpit, and lacks some of the Q2’s funky touches, such as the turbine-style vents and attractive climate controls.
|Car||Boot space (rear seats up)||Boot space (rear seats folded)|
|Audi Q2||405 litres||1,050 litres|
|Audi Q3||420 litres||1,325 litres|
Audi Q2 vs Q3 driving
The Q2 will have a choice of front or four-wheel drive, but cars specced with the latter setup will get a more sophisticated rear suspension setup that improves traction and grip. Adaptive suspension will be available as an option, allowing the driver to choose between a comfortable or sporty ride at the touch of a button.
The Q3 can also be chosen in front or four-wheel drive configurations, and can be had with adaptive suspension. However, when we drove the Q3, we found the ride too harsh in S-Line trim. Nevertheless, the Q3 demonstrated excellent body control lending it good handling on twisty roads.
Neither car is a born off-roader, so we’d advise against paying extra for four-wheel drive unless you really need it – the front-wheel drive variants provide more than enough grip for all-season on-road duties.
Audi Q2 vs Q3 engines
The Q2 will be available with a range of turbocharged petrol engines between 1.0 and 2.0-litres, as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel units. There will be choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, and two or four-wheel drive, so there’s a configuration to suit any buyer.
The Q3 is heavier so loses out on the lower-powered engines, but can still be had with 1.4 or 2.0-litre petrol engines, or 2.0-litre diesel, which all have plenty of oomph. Unlike the Q2, the Q3 can be had in sporty RS Q3 guise – its 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol has 340hp, which can take the car from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds.
|Audi Q2 (fastest model)||6.8 seconds (2.0-litre TFSI)|
|Audi Q3 (fastest model)||7.6 seconds (2.0-litre TFSI)|
Audi Q2 vs Q3 value for money
The Audi Q2 is expected to be priced from £21,000 when it’s released in July 2016. Top-spec versions will be closer to £30,000 and Audi’s notoriously pricey options list could further bump up the price.
Q3 prices range from £25,000 to £36,000 depending on engine and trim level but, again, be careful when you add options – you probably won’t get your money back on these when you sell the car on.
|Audi Q2||£20,300 (1.4-litre TFSI)||£32,000 (2.0-litre TFSI)|
|Audi Q3||£26,150 (1.4-litre TFSI)||£36,245 (2.0-litre TFSI)|
Audi Q2 vs Q3 verdict
Both the Audi Q2 and Q3 offer high-quality cabins, a wide range of engines and the choice of two or four-wheel drive meaning there’ll be a Q2 or Q3 to suit everyone. Combine this flexibility with good reliability and strong residual values, and both cars make a tempting proposition.
Ultimately, the Q2 is a smaller car than the Q3 so is more suited to buyers who prioritise style over absolute practicality. Equally, its position below the Q3 means it offers a more affordable entry point into Audi ownership.
The Q3 is a slightly bigger car aimed at small families. It misses out on the latest Audi styling and interior design but makes up for it with more passenger space. It’s also the best option if you’re looking for a high performance SUV thanks to the RS Q3.