Should you buy an Audi Q2?
The Q2 makes Audi’s premium appeal accessible to a whole new range of SUV buyers and almost instantly guarantees success in the current market. It isn’t as playful as a MINI Countryman on a twistier road (unless you've got the rapid SQ2), but many will prefer the Q2’s maturity; it’s still good to drive and certainly better resolved than the Mercedes GLA.
It demonstrates Audi's typical ability of bringing quality and refinement to another niche of car. The interior is solid and neatly designed with some appealing touches that make it feel a cut above many of its rivals - including higher-spec versions of the similar Volkswagen T-Roc, while it should prove to be spacious enough for most young families. If you want a true SUV-style experience then it might fall a little short - you don't really sit much higher than in a regular A3 hatchback - the crossover feel is more in terms of how the Q2 looks. But that lower ride height equals a tidy drive, with very composed handling characteristics that make the Q2 very ease to get along with.
If you’re buying a Q2 but with a tighter budget, the 1.0 TFSI versions will suit you. Not only do they represent the cheapest points in the range, the running costs aren’t far behind the frugal 1.6 TDI. If you’re driving in town most of the time, the 1.0 TFSI will be the better option anyway, so you really don’t need to pay the extra cash for the diesel.
If you’re a company user, the 1.0 TFSI is also the cheapest for BIK in SE and Sport trims. The 1.5 TFSI doesn’t cost too much more per month, and its greater flexibility on the motorway could be worth making the small jump for – again in SE and Sport trims. If you want an S Line, be prepared to pay a bit extra.
For performance fans, the SQ2 will be the only option. With performance rivalling that of a Volkswagen Golf R and even the Audi S3, it’s a proper wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing in that you don’t quite expect that level of performance for something so subtly styled.