You can't expect towering pace with just 114bhp and 148lb ft of torque, but this cheeky three-cylinder engine feels like an eager beaver. When you're making a standing start, you must have 2000rpm dialled up or it will tend to bog down, but from then on, it revs up to its redline steadily and uniformly. It's one of those triples that sounds fruity rather than rough and won't buzz you to distraction with vibrations through the controls.
It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and there’s no auto option. But that’s fine, because the gearbox has a light and slick shift quality.
And for once, our car test car wasn’t dolled up to the nines. It had 17in wheels, conventional passive dampers and no switchable drive modes. Before you gasp in horror at the simplicity, it actually worked fine. Yes, we were restricted to Swiss roads that felt as if a person with OCD and a rolling pin had laid every inch of asphalt, but the Q2 rode what bumps we could find decidedly well. Only a slight pogo effect to the high-speed primary ride blotted its copybook.
For a tall-ish vehicle, it’s nimble, too. Show it a series of S-bends and it’ll change direction sharply, corner relatively flat and grip hard until the inevitable wash of understeer calls time.
The passive variable-ratio rack adds to the mix, offering a wickedly sharp turn-in but without the ill effects of nervousness at high speed.
Speaking of high speed, cruising refinement is also one of the Q2’s strengths. At a steady 70mph, the engine recedes into the background and both wind and road noise are kept well at bay.
What about the rest of the car? Well, the high-up driving position will suit the SUV fraternity and the seats are perfectly comfortable. And for a car of still relatively small exterior proportions, the cabin’s big: there's space for a family of four and a boot to match.
The toys are good as well. Emergency city braking is standard, and you can pick from a range of options that include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and adaptive dampers. Sat-nav is standard on Sport trim upwards, and Google Maps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all available. For the personal touch, there are apparently up to five million customisable interior variations. Do make sure you get to your dealer early doors and ask the salesman to run through all of those.