- Fine in front, cramped in back
- Deep boot has 405-litre capacity
The Audi Q2 is a compact crossover 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 crossover 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.
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. Flop the rear seats forward and you’ll boost load space to a more echoing 1,050 litres.
- Five-star Euro NCAP rating
- Q2 is dripping with safety kit
- Pedestrian detection is standard
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 is built from the very latest in high-strength steels and Audi claims the passenger cell is unusually stiff and resistant to crushing forces; if you’re unlucky enough to be in a collision, there’s a full suite of airbags to protect both rows of seats, as well as seatbelt pretensioners to hold you in position.
What is more tangible in the showroom is the sheer amount of safety kit on offer. The Q2 is bristling with technology designed to prevent you having an accident in the first place, although you should note that much of it is optional.
Safety kit includes niceties such as head-up displays so you’re not looking down at the instruments; standard-across-the-range emergency braking, which slaps on the anchors if a car or child pulls into your path unexpectedly and extra-cost blindspot detection systems.
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.