Having proven how successfully it can do small, medium and large conventional SUVs, the Audi Q family is about to get a whole lot more stylish and exciting with the Audi Q2.
Over the next few years we’ll see some even-numbered Q models, with coupé-aping styling, steadily slotting in next to their existing odd-numbered equivalents and offering more dynamic driving experiences as well as the sharper looks.
But ahead of them all comes this road test debutant, ready to prove that there’s still no more trendy car on the planet than a fashionable compact crossover: it’s the small but eye-catchingly formed Q2.
First seen as the Crosslane Coupé concept in 2012, the Q2 is the fourth new SUV from the Volkswagen Group to arrive in a year that is based on the increasingly ubiquitous ‘modular transverse matrix’, or MQB, platform – coming on the heels of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq. But you’d be ignoring an apparently quite different mission statement if you blithely bundled the Q2 in with those in-house siblings.
Audi is playing to a younger and more design-conscious crowd here than most crossover makers have of late, and is clearly beckoning to owners of the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mini Paceman, DS 4 Crossback and others to come and experience life in an equally alternative-looking, proper premium-branded car.