- Another knock-out Audi cabin
- High-quality materials abound
- Techfest options, but subscription costs too
The cabin of the Q2 is probably its strongest ace card. Audi really has nailed its interiors of late and the quality of materials used and the underlying design are knock-out successes. It feels like a properly premium small crossover from behind the wheel.
While the material quality lower down the interior of the car isn’t quite as good as other Audi models, 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. This is a colourful, crisp, modern place to sit and Audi claims there are 5 million colour and trim variations, so no two Q2s need look the same.
Audi Q2 cabin full of technology
The Q2 really comes alive inside when you start plundering the options and spec lists. We’ve already seen Audi’s Virtual Cockpit in the TT and A4 ranges and here it pulls off the same techfest trick - replacing analogue dials with digital ones; the widescreen 12.3in instrument pack comes alive, flicking between conventional speedo and rev counter one moment or full-width mapping the next. It’s a pretty cool option.
While there’s an optional head-up display available, it’s probably not worth going for this when the Virtual Cockpit is so slick to use. A small perspex screen pops up from the instrument cowl in the driver’s line of sight, beaming up key information such as speed and sat-nav directions, so you never have to take your eyes off the road. It works well.
Audi Q2 maps, infotainment, and connectivity
So many cars have digital connectivity baked-in from the outset and the Q2 is no different. Even entry-level SE models come with a 7.0-inch TFT screen as standard and this is the car’s digital hub, controlling audio, telephone, navigation and a multitude of settings.
The Audi Connect package is available as an option, bundling in niceties such as Google Earth, app streaming and the option to sync the car with your work calendar, so it can remotely set the destination for your next meeting. Clever stuff, but be warned the online services come with a subscription fee. Yes, your next Audi is just like Netflix and is likely to pop up on your bank statement with increasing regularity…
- Comfy ride quality in Audi Q2
- Good standard seats
- A generally peaceful cabin
The Audi Q2 is an easy car to drive and the ride and handling impress, with a mature, plump 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 SE and you should remember that 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 S Line models, but it won’t cost you anything to choose the suspension set-up from softer SE and Sport models instead.
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. We detail some practical shortcomings found in the rear of the Q2 in the Practicality section of this Parkers Audi Q2 review.
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.