Audi’s urban SUV is shorter, wider and taller than an A3 Sportback. It's available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and S Line, as well as limited Edition #1 guise

Order books for the all-new Audi Q2 have officially opened in Britain, with the car costing from £22,380.

Two of the model's five confirmed UK engine options are available to order at launch: a 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol and a 114bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel. The petrol unit is the current entry-level engine; it features cylinder-on-demand technology, offers up to 54.3mpg combined fuel economy, and provides a 0-62mph time of 8.5sec. The diesel engine returns a combined 64.2mpg and can complete the same sprint in 10.3sec.

Read our Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI review

Later this year, Audi will add a 1.0-litre TFSI engine that produces 113bhp and features cylinder-on-demand technology to the bottom of the Q2 range, reducing the car's entry-level price to £20,230. Added above that engine will be a 2.0-litre TDI diesel, which produces 148bhp.

From mid-2017, the final and most potent engine, a 187bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, will join the ranks, exclusively with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system and an S tronic automatic gearbox.

All other engines are offered in two-wheel-drive with a six-speed manual as standard. Quattro will be offered as an option with the rest of the TFSI engines and the 148bhp diesel from mid-2017.  The system uses Haldex-clutch technology to enable torque vectoring and decoupling.

Read our Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI review

Read our 2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150 S tronic review here

Three trim levels

The Q2 is on sale in the UK with three standard trim levels: SE, Sport and S line.

Entry-level SE trim Q2s has 16in alloys, a 7.0in infotainment screen and variable damper settings, while mid-range Sport models come with 17in alloys and Ice Silver C-pillar side blades.

Q2s in S line trim get 18in alloys, LED headlights and cloth and leather upholstery, plus a no-cost option to upgrade to sports suspension.

From September 2016, the Q2 will be available to order in range-topping Edition #1 guise, for a limited time only; it will cost from £31,170. The Edition #1 model gets 19in wheels and more standard kit than the regular range, including a black styling pack for the exterior and Nappa leather for the cabin.

Technology

Audi is offering the Q2 with its variable damper technology, helping to broaden the car’s breadth of on-road abilities. Sports suspension that lowers ride height by 10mm is available, while variable-ratio steering comes as standard.

The Q2 can be cycled through four drive modes: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Efficiency. Cars equipped with Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system have an additional Individual mode that allows drivers to customise settings to their preferences.

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Audi says the Q2 has the ability to venture off-road. When the electronic stability control (ESC) is set to off-road mode, the car’s drivetrain adjusts to work in slippery conditions and ground clearance is increased to 200mm. Nevertheless, the Q2's Pirelli P Zero road tyres confirm its true purpose.

A long list of safety and driver assistance features are fitted to the Q2, many of which are new to this class. Heading the list is a pedestrian and collision prevention automatic braking function, with traffic jam assist and adaptive cruise control making use of the same hardware.

Additionally, the Q2 gets camera-based active lane assist and traffic sign recognition technology, with parking assist systems also available.

Inside, Audi’s optional virtual cockpit and head-up display will allow drivers to customise displays to show things such as sat-nav and media information. Additionally, cars equipped with MMI infotainment will be able to stream online media and connect with smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Design

The rugged-looking small SUV is smaller than an A3 Sportback and weighs just 1205kg.

Audi says the new model has been built to cater for the demands of young, urban drivers, and hopes it will draw new buyers to the brand. As such, it gets a distinctive exterior that introduces several new design traits.

At the front, there’s a new single-frame grille with polygon details, and the headlights are slightly more squared off than those of recent Audi models. Further back, there’s an R8-style contrastingly coloured blade on the C-pillar, and the tail-lights premiere a new design, with Audi’s latest 'swooping' indicators.

The car’s overall shape is distinctive in Audi’s line-up, largely due to its taut proportions, but also thanks to a hunched shoulder-line that features a unique sliced section.

Function follows form; the new Q2 benefits from a raft of practicality-boosting features. Audi claims that the car’s small SUV roofline means interior headroom is more generous than the A3’s, and clever packaging enables the boot to swallow 405 litres of luggage. Optional 40/20/40 folding rear seats increase flexibility for storage, while also enabling that maximum volume to grow to 1050 litres.

The bootlid has a deliberately wide opening for easy access, and the tailgate can be powered.

The car comes as a five-door five-seater only, with front-wheel drive the default set-up.

Rivals

The Q2 is a unique offering in the compact crossover segment, because its cabin and engine line-up are more comparable with larger models. As a result, similarly sized models such as the Skoda Yeti start at significantly less - the entry-level Yeti retails for £17,210, which is £3020 less than the base Q2 - and even the larger Nissan Qashqai starts at a comparably cheap £18,545.

However, the Audi model's inclusion of Virtual Cockpit technology and its overall more premium fit and finish arguably make it more of a rival to the £25,260 Mercedes GLA. Like the Qashqai, the GLA is larger, but the Audi's trendier look could sway image conscious buyers in its direction.

Video examining the Q2's details

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1 March 2016

only the Titanic leaked less

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

1 March 2016

Is there a more depressing phrase in the automotive world? More and more people are living in cities, yet more and more demand cars that pretend to go off road. It is pathetic, it really is. Having said that, in FWD with a small petrol or hybrid this might make sense - although it would make more sense if it was narrower and the wheels fitted the arches better.

1 March 2016

Is there a more depressing phrase in the automotive world? More and more people are living in cities, yet more and more demand cars that pretend to go off road. It is pathetic, it really is. Having said that, in FWD with a small petrol or hybrid this might make sense - although it would make more sense if it was narrower and the wheels fitted the arches better.

1 March 2016

Mr Honda, do you want to know why you struggle so. I’ve been waiting to price up the Audi Q2 to compare it to what’s on offer at the moment in this segment. The car I want has to have a decent Turbo’d engine and Sat Nav (not interested in unnecessary bling), couldn’t believe the cheapest Honda HR-V would be a whooping £23,050 which probably makes it the same or more than a 1.4 Q2. So the HR-V won’t be on the short list and Honda will go on wondering why their sales continue to fall!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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1 March 2016

Quite agree xxxx.
Honda's pricing is all at sea.
Trouble is Honda (like Toyota) see themselves as a premium product and price accordingly.
Problem is, no one else sees them as a premium product, so disappointment and missed targets are inevitable.
I am sure that the Q2 will sell by the bucket load, but to any right thinking individual who needs a useful small Crossover a Yeti makes far more sense.

2 March 2016
xxxx wrote:

Mr Honda, do you want to know why you struggle so. I’ve been waiting to price up the Audi Q2 to compare it to what’s on offer at the moment in this segment. The car I want has to have a decent Turbo’d engine and Sat Nav (not interested in unnecessary bling), couldn’t believe the cheapest Honda HR-V would be a whooping £23,050 which probably makes it the same or more than a 1.4 Q2. So the HR-V won’t be on the short list and Honda will go on wondering why their sales continue to fall!

I own an HR-V and I agree with you about it's pricing. I wish VAG had something in their stable when I bought mine - the new Seat would have been very tempting. But please use like-4-like comparing that Q2. £23050 for a 1.6 diesel (SE Nav) -v- 1.4 petrol base model? You start specing up a Q2 with a 1.6 diesel and then add on Audi's bits 'n bobs (last time I looked they charged for things like auto folding mirrors, cruise control, auto-hill hold etc, things other manufacturers take for granted) and it's good luck with your £23k for an Audi.

2 March 2016
xxxx wrote:

Mr Honda, do you want to know why you struggle so. I’ve been waiting to price up the Audi Q2 to compare it to what’s on offer at the moment in this segment. The car I want has to have a decent Turbo’d engine and Sat Nav (not interested in unnecessary bling), couldn’t believe the cheapest Honda HR-V would be a whooping £23,050 which probably makes it the same or more than a 1.4 Q2. So the HR-V won’t be on the short list and Honda will go on wondering why their sales continue to fall!

I own an HR-V and I agree with you about it's pricing. I wish VAG had something in their stable when I bought mine - the new Seat would have been very tempting. But they didn't. However please use like-4-like comparing that Q2. £23050 for a 1.6 diesel (SE Nav) -v- 1.4 petrol base model Q2? You start specing up a Q2 with a 1.6 diesel, then add on Audi's bits 'n bobs (last time I looked they charged for things like auto folding mirrors, cruise control, auto-hill hold etc, things other manufacturers take for granted) and it's good luck buying a comparable Audi for under £27k. Also, it says the Q2 is a rival to the Juke. Only time will tell as to the amount of space available, but despite the HR-V being small on the outside, not only does it rival cars in the next segment for space, it beats them! Not only is it bigger inside than a Qashqai, it's way more practical because the rear seats fold. I have several criticisms about why Honda don't sell anywhere near the number of cars they once did in the UK, but price isn't one of them. Hondas have always carried a premium.

2 March 2016
scotty5 wrote:

Only time will tell as to the amount of space available.

What's with the two replies??? Anyway, just read some Audi stats. "The Q2 has 405 litres seats up, 1050 seats folded, a mere 15 litres / 315 litres smaller than the Q3". Err that makes the HR-V bigger than both the Q2 AND Q3 at 470 litres, 1533 respectively. As I say, it's not like-4-like. (hope this reply only gets posted once)

1 March 2016

I've owned several Audi's and currently drive an A7, and really wanted to like this, but it's just ugly. From the C pillar back its an awful mess - that so-called R8 style blade just looks terrible on a car like this.

The specs sound very good - the 2 litres should go like rockets in such a light car, but the prices seem absurd. No doubt a reasonable spec on the 1.4L TSi will be well north of £25K and if you have a 2 litre with a smattering of options it'll be well over £30K

1 March 2016

I don't tend to bother commenting on cars I don't care about, but one suspects this will be popular despite being awful. The interior is neat enough, but the rest is so,so boring and not even in a simple and elegant way. Audi has really lost its design mojo. Why anyone would pay more for this over a Skoda Yeti is beyond me

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