Cannily sized, credible to drive and pleasant to sit in, the Q2 is likely to win plenty of admirers.

Most will flock to it for the look – and it is convenient to grade the car on that basis. If you appreciate Audi’s time and effort with the modelling clay, we have no significant reason to dissuade a would-be buyer.

Fit for purpose — but a less compelling option than it might have been

The Q2 is sufficiently practical, comfortable and economical for it to persuasively fill the driveway of anyone already convinced by the desirability of a premium-branded compact crossover.

Conversely, if, for all its implied heftiness, the Q2 appears no more interesting than a hitched-up hatchback, there’s little here to otherwise convince you of its worthiness.

It drives competently but no more convincingly than the better prospects among its rivals and, like most Audis, it doesn’t necessarily translate firm and forthright into greater involvement.

It is not unreasonably expensive, yet there are bigger, better-equipped and better-value rivals for the price.

That ought to make it a niche product, but the segment’s skyrocketing growth will no doubt allow Audi’s dinkiest crossover much broader success.

As a result the Q2 makes it fourth spot in our top five ahead of the Mini Countryman, however it lags behind the outgoing Skoda Yeti , the Nissan Qashqai and the class-leading Seat Ateca.

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