A used A2 makes a compelling buy
Distinctive design, high quality construction, low CO2 emissions, economical
Some lacklustre engines, little too much body roll in corners
The A2 was a car ahead of its time. Launched in 2000, it was revolutionary in that it used a body made entirely of weight-saving aluminium, which - along with a range of small and efficient engines - made it extremely economical with low CO2 figures. As a result it could compete with the greenest new cars on sale today and is cheap to run too. The unconventional styling was a huge departure for Audi at the time but has aged very well, the A2 still looking distinctive now.
It was designed primarily for town or city driving and its short length (less than four metres) made it easy to manoeuvre into small spaces. It's impressively roomy inside too with plenty of rear passenger room and a decent boot, making it an ideal car for small families.
The Parkers Verdict
If you're looking for a practical, cheap to run and distinctive small hatchback, the A2 was one of the first to offer such an impressive combination.
However, be aware that as a used car it's got mixed reviews. They're not all bad, with people complimenting its design and drive, but electric and mechanical gremlins have been creeping into higher-mileage examples.