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Hot SUV takes on the BMW X2 M35i with an engine from the Volkswagen Golf R and subtle exterior upgrades

Audi has revealed the SQ2 at the Paris motor show, with 296bhp on tap and an electronically limited 155mph top speed. 

The car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is shared with the Audi S3 and closely related to that of the Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming T-Roc R, as well as the Seat Leon Cupra R

The SQ2's powertrain features an identical amount of torque to the Golf R's, at 295lb ft, and 0-62mph is achieved in a claimed 4.8sec. Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system and a DSG automatic gearbox are standard.

This puts the SQ2 0.1sec ahead of the BMW X2 M35i – which is also being shown in Paris - when it comes to 0-62mph acceleration. The two cars share the same limited top speed, although the X2 has a 7bhp and 37lb ft advantage over the SQ2. 

The hot Mini Countryman rival is identifiable by its four exhaust pipes at the rear, as well as discreet SQ2 badging and a more aggressive bodykit, including a rear spoiler. The car is 20mm lower than the standard Q2 and a choice of 18in or 19in wheels is available. 

Inside, the SQ2 gets a black headliner and black leather and Alcantara seats, which have embossed S logos and extra bolstering to offer support in faster corners. The dashboard gets Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital display as an option, but traditional analogue dials and an infotainment screen are standard. A premium sound system is also fitted. 

Adaptive cruise control and Traffic Jam Assist come as standard, meaning the car can steer, brake and accelerate itself at speeds of up to 40mph, although the driver must still have hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. 

There’s no word on pricing yet: this will likely be revealed closer to the car’s UK orders opening later in the year. First deliveries aren’t expected to start until early 2019, though.

It’s likely that the SQ2 will be priced from around £35,000 – £15,000 more than the entry-level Q2. Emissions and fuel economy data haven’t yet been released. 

With the arrival of the SQ2, the only models in Audi's range yet to receive an S performance version are the recently launched E-tronA7 and A8 and the new Q3. An RS Q2 is expected to join the range later in the car’s lifetime, offering as much as 362bhp from the RS3’s five-cylinder engine. 

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Dunc 14 November 2018

SQ2

Picture of interior is the new A1. The Q2/SQ2 does not have a lever handbrake (mores the pity, now waiting for the inevitable abuse for having my own preference!).
Phabellis 29 September 2018

Audi not able to meet orders

It's no good announcing new cars in Paris when previous announcements are not being met and new orders are not being accepted.

To date my attempt to place a purchase order for either the new RS5 announced earlier this or an S5 as a fallback have been rejected. Audi are also unwilling to say if and when any new orders can be placed. It appears the alcoholics are running the brewery . 

 

Phabellis 29 September 2018

Audi not able to meet orders

It's no good announcing new cars in Paris when previous announcements are not being met and new orders are not being accepted.

To date my attempt to place a purchase order for either the new RS5 announced earlier this or an S5 as a fallback have been rejected. Audi are also unwilling to say if and when any new orders can be placed. It appears the alcoholics are running the brewery .