Having proven how successfully it can do small, medium and large conventional SUVs, Audi’s Q family is about to get a whole lot more stylish and exciting.
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.
Next to the new Q5 will be a BMW X4-rivalling Q4, and alongside the seven-seat Q7 will be an X6-chasing Q6. Topping the range will be the Q8 which may take the coupé shaped SUV segment into a whole new arena.
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.
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.