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Smallest Audi crossover delivers chunky styling and a fine drive

Audi Q2 SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £22,725 - £43,795
Lease from new From £271 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,120 - £31,590
Used monthly cost £302 - £788
Fuel Economy 32.8 - 49.6 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £475
Insurance group 13 - 39 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Least expensive Audi SUV
  • Distinctive appearance
  • Frugal performance
  • Wide choice of engines

CONS

  • Prioritises posing over practicality
  • Smaller boot, tighter rear seats than rivals
  • Cabin doesn't feel as modern as newer Audis
  • No hybrid or electric model

Audi Q2 SUV rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad, Senior Reviewer on

This is the entry-point to the German maker's SUV range - the Audi Q2 - a car that offers a blend of off-roader styling and hatchback ease of use.

It sits at the bottom of the pecking order below the Q3, Q5 and Q7, and the even number indicates a sporty, rather than boxy outline.

The Q2 is aimed squarely at rivals such as the MINI CountrymanMercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Volkswagen T-Roc, but also faces even wider competition from less-premium brands offering crossover ride height and generous interior space. 

At 4.19m long, the Q2 is 13cm shorter than its more conventional in-house rival, the A3 Sportback, with which it shares its mechanical underpinnings, yet with 405 litres of luggage capacity it’s got a 25-litre bigger boot when carrying five passengers. That's assuming three of the five are kids - the rear seat is on the tight side for adults, offering slightly less room to spread out in than its A3 counterpart.

Simple and well made interior

The Q2's interior uses a simple design and plush materials for the majority of the dashboard, albeit with some colourful elements dotted about. Items like the door handles are chunkier, the standard-fit central display is fixed on top of the dash like a protruding iPad, and you can pick contrasting colours for some of the trim elements.

Given newer Audis' dashboards are peppered with touchscreens, the Q2 feels a bit dated already. It's also notably more conservative than the MINI Countryman's interior.

2020 Audi Q2 interior

Equipment levels are reasonable across the Q2 range, but the bestselling Sport spec is particularly good value. All Q2s get autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for added safety and progressive steering to balance low-speed ease with higher-speed driving pleasure – previously this has sometimes felt odd in use, but seems well calibrated here.

Engines - TSI and TDI options

The entry-level Q2 is the 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol, followed by a more powerful 1.5-litre unit with cylinder-on-demand tech to help reduce fuel consumption and emission, while diesel power is restricted to a 1.6-litre option (the 2.0-litre is no longer on sale).

A high-performance model called SQ2 uses the same engine as the S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, meaning it's a 300hp 2.0-litre TSI with Quattro all-wheel drive and a fast-shifting S Tronic gearbox.

Whether on this model or the standard car, the auto transmission is very quick-shifting under manual control, although automatic gearchanges don’t always happen when you’d like them to. The standard six-speed manual gearbox is notably cheaper and has a pleasant action and its gear ratios are well matched, allowing for easy progress.

Most Q2s will be equipped with front-wheel drive and traction is good; we’d question the need for Quattro four-wheel drive (available only on the higher-powered engines) for most buyers. On smaller wheels the Q2 is comfortable on all but the bumpiest roads – regardless of whether you stick with the standard suspension or spend extra on the optional adaptive set-up instead.

If you do go for the latter, selecting Dynamic helps keep roll in the corners under greater control, which suits the sharp steering and generally eager responses of the Q2’s chassis. The ride gets firmer as a result, but you can always switch back to Comfort once you’ve finished having fun.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Audi Q2 including its practicality, how much it costs to run, and whether we'd recommend buying one.

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