The Audi Q2 compact, coupe-esque SUV that sits between the A3 and the Q3. The car itself is built on the same platform as the A3 and is both taller and wider than the A3, however, it is slightly shorter. Competition for this vehicle would come from the likes of the Mazda CX-3, the Nissan Juke, the Opel Mokka, and even the Peugeot 2008. However, the Q2 falls into a more expensive segment and in that sense, it would be closer to the BMW X1.
Our test model housed a 1.4 TFSI engine, which can also be found in the likes of the Audi A3. This engine offers 150hp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in just 8.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 210km/h. There is a wide range of engines on offer including three TFSI petrol engines and three TDI. The 1.0 litre TFSI engine is the most surprising, and while we have not driven it in the Q2, we have in the Skoda Octavia, and it is a pleasure. The 2.0 litre TDI engines offer Audi's Quattro system.
Steering in the Audi Q2 is precise and very direct because of the Progressive Steering - which is available as standard. The car corners with ease, but does suffer from a small amount of body roll. The car can be bumpy on rougher terrain on account of firm suspension. Apart from that, the car offers a very comfortable ride experience. The ride height is higher than the A3 and drivers get a commanding view of the road ahead.
In general, the materials in use within the Q2 are of high quality. The lower interior door panelling feels slightly cheap, but the dash plastic and the air vents look great. If you are going to opt for a Q2, we highly recommend spending the extra cash on the Audi Virtual Cockpit - which gives a large TFT display within the instrument binnacle. This system looks amazing and the SATNAV uses Google earth. If you go the whole hog on this package you also get some excellent apps that offer news updates, Twitter and much more. However, as an extra, this can be expensive - so we advise that you haggle!
As already mentioned, the materials in use within the vehicle are of a high standard. Audi has a good reputation for quality and considering the entry level price for this vehicle in Ireland, you should expect nothing less. The infotainment system is easy to use and our test model offered one USB port as well as a 12V charge point.
The Audi Q2 received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. The car comes available with adaptive cruise control (€583 on SE and S Line), Audi Side Assist (€753 on SE and S Line) and Audi Pre-sense Basic (€285 on SE and S Line).
The front cockpit is very spacious, and even though this car is ever-so-slightly smaller than the A3, it feels like it has more leg room to the rear. The boot offers a good 405 litres. The rear C-Pillar is very large, and this may occasionally impede visibility.