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Audi Q2 review

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9
” Chunky styling and a fine drive... but getting on a bit now “

At a glance

Price new £29,105 - £49,740
Used prices £8,171 - £36,244
Road tax cost £20 - £600
Insurance group 13 - 39
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Fuel economy 32.8 - 60.1 mpg
Range 495 - 748 miles
Miles per pound 4.8 - 7.7
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Pros & cons

  • Least expensive Audi SUV
  • Frugal performance
  • Good engines

  • Lacks practicality
  • High trim levels are pricey
  • Interior looks old

Written by Keith Adams Published: 5 March 2024 Updated: 5 March 2024


If you’re looking to combine a ‘premium’ badge with a raised driving position, despite its age the Audi Q2 is still one of the more appealing small SUVs out there. While almost all rival brands kick off their SUV ranges with something the next size up, the Q2 is most definitely city sized.

Being an even-numbered SUV means the Q2’s aiming for style over practicality, but its boxy body is still as useful as any hatchback. It has many rivals in this ever-competitive market segment, but instead of budget opposition like the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke its closest natural rival is the MINI Countryman and leftfield DS 3 Crossback. Both the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA are a bit bigger and a fair bit pricier.

Launched in 2016, the Q2 underwent a facelift in 2020 aimed at refreshing the styling and adding in some key equipment that was previously missing. Though it was applied with a light touch, this kept the Q2 competitive compared with its closest premium-badged rivals.

With a wide range of punchy, if conventional engines, a well-made interior and plenty of options to make the exterior and interior of your car as individual as you like, the Q2 is still a very attractive car to buyers who want to stand out without having to sacrifice practicality or usability.

Audi Q2 (2021) front view
Audi Q2 has chunky, timeless styling – like nothing else on sale.


The Audi Q2 is a compact SUV and at less than 4.2m in length, it’s considerably shorter than an Audi A3 Sportback or Q3. So don’t expect the laws of physics to have been stretched too much by Audi’s engineers — it’s roomy enough in the front, but there are compromises in the rear.

If you only occasionally carry rear-seat passengers, then it’s likely to fit your needs. Two adults can fit back there, but there is less room for legs and heads than you’ll find in larger SUVs. All but the most long-legged children should be fine, however.

While the Q2’s compact dimensions mean it’s not the most spacious SUV out there, it does mean it’s very easy to drive around town and to wiggle into tight parking spaces. Plenty of glass, a square shape and good visibility make it very easy to manoeuvre, so you’d do well to struggle nipping around town in this car.

Audi Q2 (2021) luggage space
Boot capacity is limited compared with rivals, and if you want practicality, look elsewhere.

Luggage and boot space

The Q2’s boot measures 405 litres in capacity with the rear seats up, placing it behind the larger loadbays you’ll find in the bigger MINI Countryman, BMW X1 or Mercedes-Benz GLA. Even the similarly small Ford Puma, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq have more boot space.

Flop the rear seats forward and you’ll boost load space to a more echoing 1,050 litres. This is done with a conventional 60/40 split in most trims while the seats don’t do anything clever like recline or slide back and forth. Opt for Vorsprung and you do at least get 40/20/40 split folding rear seats.

Audi Q2 (2021) interior view
Simple, uncluttered interior, and we like the buttons and MMI controller for the infotainment, despite their age.


The cabin of the Q2 is probably its strongest asset with the quality of materials used impressing even compared to newer rivals. Almost unchanged since 2016, the has one of Audi’s oldest interior designs. While newer models eschew almost all physical buttons in favour of a pair of screens, the Q2 retains a high-set infotainment display and a centre console covered in switches.

That’s actually a favourable for some. We’re not the biggest fans of Audi’s later interiors, and the physical climate controls and rotary dial to configure the infotainment are far easier to use accurately. They also have the benefit of staying free of mucky fingerprints. While the material quality lower down the interior of the car isn’t quite as good as some pricier Audis, it’s still one of the most solid and plush-feeling interiors in the class, so you won’t feel too short-changed.

The basic architecture of the dashboard is inherently logical and the four, swivelling round air vents lend a classy touch. Audi is offering a slew of personalisation on the Q2 and, depending on trim level, you can pep up the cockpit with a choice of body-coloured trim, silver accents and other highlights.

Audi Q2 (2021) Virtual Cockpit view
Audi Virtual Cockpit is slick, responsive and good to look at.

Infotainment and tech

Opt for Sport trim and up and you’ll get Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, replacing analogue dials with digital ones that can show a wealth of information. You can have a conventional layout with traditional dials and an information panel in the middle, a full screen sat nav map or displays that show music, phone or trip computer information more prominently. It’s well worth having.

All trims get an 8.3-inch infotainment system that’s controlled by a rotary dial between the seats, much like BMW’s iDrive. The screen isn’t touch sensitive which can make putting an address into the sat nav irritation when you’re stationary, it does prove safer to use on the move. That’s helped by a selection of physical shortcut icons around the dial.

All models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, but you’ll need to upgrade to Sport trim or raid the options list on Technik trim if you want sat nav and online services including an app that allows you to lock and unlock the car remotely.

Audi Q2 (2021) infotainment system view
Centre screen is compact and well sited, so you don’t need to look away from the road when looking at it.

What’s it like to drive?

The Audi Q2 is based on the oily bits that underpin a host of VW Group small cars, including the VW Golf and Audi A3. Unsurprisingly it drives rather like a compact, slightly taller family hatchback and certainly not like a lumbering SUV. It isn’t at all daunting to pilot around town and the car is easy to place on the road.

Engines for the regular Q2 range are limited to the 1.0-litre three-cylinder 30 TFSI and 35 TFSI, with the diesel and 40 TFSI now dropped from the range. The smaller of the two is nippy around town but can feel a little sluggish on the open road (0-62mph takes 11.2 seconds).

We’d recommend the 1.5-litre 35 TFSI as it’s the best balance between performance, running costs and price, whilst proving one of the most refined engines in the range. If you’re interested, 0-62mph takes a perfectly respectable 8.6 seconds.

Audi Q2 (2021) profile view, driving
It might be one of the oldest cars in its class, but the Q2 can still be good fun to drive.

All Q2s come with progressive steering, which increases the speed the more you turn the wheel. That means it feels reassuringly stable on the motorway but doesn’t need much arm twirling when negotiating a multi storey carpark for instance. Unlike some rival systems, it doesn’t feel unnatural and makes the Q2 easy to place on the road regardless of your speed.

Up the pace and it takes corners well, with its extra height over a similarly sized A3 hatchback being unnoticeable. The steering is weighty but satisfyingly precise, giving the driver a good sense of control. Meanwhile, the engine itself offers a glut of power from low engine speeds while proving more than quick enough for most drivers if you work it harder.

The vast majority of Q2s come with front-wheel drive and this will suit most owners down to the ground. Yes, you can chirrup the front wheels if you nip out of a damp T-junction, but traction for the most part is excellent even with the punchy turbocharged engines. However, 35 TDI gets the option of four-wheel drive with the 40 TFSI and SQ2 getting it as standard. If you live in a remote area and want the security blanket of improved traction it’s worth considering.

Audi Q2 (2021) rear seats
There’s not much rear room here, and taller passengers could find it claustrophobic.

The Audi Q2 is an easy car to drive and can be pretty comfy, with a mature quality to the suspension which absorbs the worst road bumps to leave the cabin remarkably serene. This is best achieved on the smaller wheels, however – 16-inch rims are standard on the entry-level Technik and give the most cushioned ride. Every size up will damage the ride quality a little – Sport models come with 17-inch wheels, while S Line adds 18s, generating more patter over broken surfaces.

Sports suspension is standard on Black Edition models, which combined with big 19-inch wheels gives the harshest ride of all. Top spec Vorsprung also gets 19-inch wheels but in conjunction with adaptive suspension that allows you to stiffen or soften the ride.

Hot SQ2 models get even lower and stiffer suspension with adaptive again standard on Vorsprung models. They are on the firm side but not uncomfortably so, especially with the switchable suspension. The standard seats prove comfortable even after a whole morning spent in them and the range of adjustment in the front is sufficient for even very tall drivers.

Noise is well suppressed, although you should note the 1.0 TFSI is a buzzier, louder engine than its four-cylinder compatriots. The 1.5 TFSI is especially refined – we struggled to tell when its Cylinder On Demand system was operating in two- or four-cylinder mode.

What’s the hotter SQ2 like to drive?

For those more interested in MPH than MPG, the SQ2 is the fastest model in the range. It’s certainly rapid with a 4.8sec 0-62mph time, but it’s pricey to buy and doesn’t make the Q2 a particularly fun SUV as we’ll come onto shortly.

Like many other all-wheel drive cars in the VW Group, the SQ2 (below) provides safe and assured handling without much drama. Traction and grip levels are impressive in the bends – you really have to push the SQ2 hard for it to begin to lose grip – and the steering is quick to respond.

However, it doesn’t feel as involving as the much cheaper Ford Puma ST, with direct steering that doesn’t feed back an awful lot to the driver. However, there’s little to complain about in terms of how quickly you can cover ground – the SQ2 is a very well-sorted car that gets around corners without drama.

Audi SQ2 review (2024)
Audi SQ2 delivers plenty of performance and just enough excitement.

Ownership and running costs

No Q2 is particularly cheap by small SUV standards, although it does undercut the cheapest high-rise offerings from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. With no hybrid models in the range, CO2 emissions are nothing to write home about.

However, the Q2 holds onto its value very well which helps make PCP costs surprisingly affordable. In terms of ongoing costs, the diesels are the most efficient but the 30 and 35 TFSI petrols will easily manage over 40mpg in the real world.


The Audi Q2 received five stars from Euro NCAP when it was tested in November 2016, scoring particularly well for adult occupant protection as well as child occupant protection. It’s worth pointing out that these tests have got significantly tougher, so its impossible to directly compare with newer small SUVs.

Top models get side assist and cross traffic assist at the rear, both of which aim to stop you from being sideswiped by passing motorists.

There’s also the Traffic Jam Assist accessory, which uses cameras and ultrasonic sensors to drive in congestion autonomously at speeds of up to 40mph – the thinking being that microchips are more reliable than human beings in dull city driving. Also available is Adaptive Cruise Assist, which does the same for higher-speed driving.

What models and trims are available?

There are just two engines to choose from in the Q3 range, both being petrols and badged the 30 and 35 TFSI. If you’re after a much quicker (and more expensive) Q2, don’t forget the pleasingly rapid SQ2 model. Although it’s getting on and isn’t the best fast small car to drive, it’s still good fun thanks to having so much power.

There are three trim levels to choose from. The entry-level Q3 Sport model kicks things off, above which sits the more generously-equipped and sharper looking S Line variant. The most popular model in the range is the the Black Edition which sits atop the range, and comes with a heavy uplift in your monthly payments.

Read on for our Audi Q2 verdict and what it’s like to live with one.

Audi SQ2 review (2024)
The Audi SQ2 is not the pick of the range, but it’s not lacking in appeal.

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