The compact crossover is now one of the most popular segments around, with the majority of manufacturers offering a model in this market. That even includes premium firms like Audi, which introduced its Q2 in 2016 as the brand’s smallest SUV.
It’s quickly become one of Audi’s most popular new cars, and for 2021 it’s had a light update to ensure it remains competitive against newer models – including the Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Roc.
But it’s a relatively mild update when it comes down to it – key changes including a redesigned look that incorporates a larger grille and standard-fit LED headlights, while standard kit has been enhanced, which is always a good thing.
But can these light tweaks elevate its appeal? Let’s find out.
The engine choice remains largely the same as before, with two petrol and one diesel available, and models still resisting the urge to embrace any kind of electrification.
Kicking off the range is a 108bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine (badged 30 TFSI), followed by a more powerful 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit (35 TFSI). This is available with the option of a manual or DSG automatic gearbox and would be our pick of the range. The sprint to 60mph takes 8.4 seconds, while still being able to return a reasonable 45mpg.
Where efficiency is concerned, the new 114bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel is the engine to go for. Audi claims it will return up to 60mpg, while CO2 emissions of 123g/km impress too.
Ride and handling
The Q2 has always been one of the better cars to drive in this class, and this latest model continues down the same path. Body roll is very well controlled for a top-heavy model, while impressive handling gives you further confidence to push on than plenty of other models in this class. Audi has also prioritised refinement, with the Q2 being an excellent motorway cruiser.
It’s not perfect, though, as we found the DSG automatic gearbox to be a bit jerky (a manual could be a better option, if not as convenient), while the sportier stance behind the wheel means that the ride is firmer than others in this segment, if never uncomfortable.
Interior and equipment
Audi is renowned for its class-leading interiors, and the Q2 is no exception. While this might be one of Audi’s more affordable models, it certainly doesn’t feel that way inside. While retaining the same look as the previous-generation A3 hatchback it was based on, you still get a large 8.3-inch touchscreen, while mid-spec models come with Audi’s excellent digital Virtual Cockpit dials system.
And for its compact size, it also proves to be quite spacious. Adults will be able to get comfortable in the back, while the 405-litre boot is slightly larger than that of the A3, if not the most generous in this class.
When it comes to trim levels, five are available – Technik, Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung.
Even entry-level Technik models get plenty of kit, including LED headlights, an electric boot and cruise control. Upgrading to the Sport adds an upgraded satellite navigation system, a digital cockpit and larger 17-inch alloy wheels.
Next up is the popular S line, which brings 18-inch alloy wheels and a sportier styling kit, while Black Edition adds 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a full styling pack. At the top of the range, the Vorsprung adds all kinds of luxuries, including adaptive suspension, a panoramic sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and Matrix LED headlights.
With the Audi Q2 being one of the most premium models in this segment, that’s certainly reflected in the price, with models starting from £23,915, which makes it more expensive than many in this class. With the level of kit and quality, low-to-mid spec models remain good value, though.
However, top-spec Q2s are not cheap, with the top-spec Vorsprung costing more than £40,000, even before options. At that price, moving up to the next class – such as Audi’s own Q3 – is a far better option.
The Audi Q2 has always proven how high-quality and refined a compact car can be, and that remains true with this updated model. While it’s only a light refresh, a more striking look and additional technology certainly aids this crossover’s appeal.
While not cheap, the Audi Q2’s upmarket focus is something that we believe is worth paying for, and continues to give it an advantage over rivals.Enquire on a new Audi Q2