With only the front wheels to drive, the 1.4 TFSI ought to have been the ideal engine to supply the airy spiritedness that Audi claims for the Q2.

With 184lb ft nominally on tap from 1500rpm, it has proved itself worthy in previous applications, and we expected nothing less this time.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Unlike the closely related Yeti and Ateca, though, the newest member of the club is built at Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt

Perusing the figures over the page, you might assume that the four-cylinder unit has delivered, given its 0-60mph time of 8.1sec, but the through-gear acceleration doesn’t provide the full picture.

Away from the compulsory business of driving flat out on Millbrook’s mile straight, the petrol motor proved to be surprisingly breathless at low revs, with its turbo lag made palpable below 2000rpm by a reticence to make decent headway even in the lower ratios.

This hesitancy can be avoided with more enthusiasm, of course, but a meandering reluctance to accelerate away from junctions in second gear does make the Q2 seem less biddable than it otherwise might.

Get over the initial hump and the pace smooths out into the kind of linear progress to which we’ve become accustomed, yet even here the engine fails to conjure up the kind of energetic top-end momentum that would have you testifying to its appropriately brisk 0-60mph time – or even the fact that it takes only 0.1sec more to get from 30mph to 70mph.

Hindered by a slightly paunchy kerb weight (Audi quotes a 40kg gain over an equivalent A3 Sportback, but our test car was an additional 51kg beyond that, at 1316kg), the Q2 tends to feel more functional than expressively fun.

Most buyers – or at least those unswayed by Audi’s marketing push – will probably accept the distinction, especially as the 1.4 TFSI engine’s cylinder deactivation function means that the Q2 delivers respectable efficiency.

True MPG testing returned a 45.3mpg average, which is inferior, naturally, to the 52.3mpg official claim but competitive nonetheless and sufficiently frugal to provide a genuine 500-mile range.

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