Hot SUV takes on the BMW X2 M35i with an engine from the Volkswagen Golf R and subtle exterior upgrades
Jimi Beckwith
28 September 2018

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.

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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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28 September 2018

  Yet another “hot” SUV!, I guess if gives you more choice?, but today while Parking up I noticed that the people having the hardest time Parking were people with SUV’s!, the parking spaces of ten years ago are now to small so when two of them park next to each other it’s hard to get out, infact you have to squeeze out!

Peter Cavellini.

28 September 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  Yet another “hot” SUV!, I guess if gives you more choice?, but today while Parking up I noticed that the people having the hardest time Parking were people with SUV’s!, the parking spaces of ten years ago are now to small so when two of them park next to each other it’s hard to get out, infact you have to squeeze out!

Q2s and X2s aren't large SUVs. They're smaller than a Qashqai or Sportage, which seem to be prevalent in all car parks. Not all SUVs can be grouped in the same bucket of obese and oversized. New 5 series, A6 or E-Class models are equally too large for normal car park spaces...

28 September 2018

Three Days a week I park up in a Carpark, must be about thirty years old this place, my 3 series fills the space, the current three series is roughly the same size as the E39 five series, the current five series covers the lines down the side!, infact the guy who owns it has to fold his Mirrors In because twice he’s had them broken, both times by an errant (read badly parked) SUV owner!, so, yes, I think most Cars are bigger now and SUV’s dominate the carparks these Days! , I think if we had parking bays American style, ie park at an angle it would be easier to park and get out of.

Peter Cavellini.

28 September 2018

I'm not sure why a SUV will take up any more space just because it's taller. In fact compared to a saloon or fastback their footprint, for the same seating area, is usually smaller due to not having an elongated boot.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

28 September 2018
xxxx wrote:

I'm not sure why a SUV will take up any more space just because it's taller. In fact compared to a saloon or fastback their footprint, for the same seating area, is usually smaller due to not having an elongated boot.

 

Incisive thinking(?)...no... and clearly not anything that the rest of us couldn't figure out for ourselves, as we are not welded to a decrepit sofa, have jobs and lives...you are an entertaining sideline and I do enjoy rebuking you, for your many errors. TwIT

28 September 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

I'm not sure why a SUV will take up any more space just because it's taller. In fact compared to a saloon or fastback their footprint, for the same seating area, is usually smaller due to not having an elongated boot.

 

Incisive thinking(?)...no... and clearly not anything that the rest of us couldn't figure out for ourselves, as we are not welded to a decrepit sofa, have jobs and lives...you are an entertaining sideline and I do enjoy rebuking you, for your many errors. TwIT

 

why do you only appear to post abuse at one particular poster? Seems unnecessary, unfriendly and pointless. Why not join in the discussion constructively? We don’t all need to get on, but nastiness is unwarranted. 

29 September 2018
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

I'm not sure why a SUV will take up any more space just because it's taller. In fact compared to a saloon or fastback their footprint, for the same seating area, is usually smaller due to not having an elongated boot.

 

Incisive thinking(?)...no... and clearly not anything that the rest of us couldn't figure out for ourselves, as we are not welded to a decrepit sofa, have jobs and lives...you are an entertaining sideline and I do enjoy rebuking you, for your many errors. TwIT

 

why do you only appear to post abuse at one particular poster? Seems unnecessary, unfriendly and pointless. Why not join in the discussion constructively? We don’t all need to get on, but nastiness is unwarranted. 

Because they're a piss taking prick. Or, they're the one who's a sad TwAT sitting on their sofa desperately trying to popular. Probably some fat prick in his mid 40's still living with his parents.

28 September 2018

Worse to drive and uglier than an S3. The advantage is what?

28 September 2018
scrap wrote:

Worse to drive and uglier than an S3. The advantage is what?

If you don't fancy one/can't afford one then buy something that you do fancy/can afford.

One advantage is that more people than you (in your arrogance) realise, find that the higher seating position makes it easier to get in and out. Funnily enough, this is often the demographic with sufficient disposable income to buy one of these outright.

28 September 2018
scrap wrote:

Worse to drive and uglier than an S3. The advantage is what?

If you don't fancy one/can't afford one then buy something that you do fancy/can afford.

One advantage is that more people than you (in your arrogance) realise, find that the higher seating position makes it easier to get in and out. Funnily enough, this is often the demographic with sufficient disposable income to buy one of these outright.

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