What Car? says...
Having shown the world how successfully it could do medium and large SUVs, Audi decided to go small when it released the Q2 a few years ago. With its compact dimensions and a level of build quality worthy of that famous four-ringed badge, the Q2 arrived on the scene and immediately proved that small SUVs could be more than just a fashion statement.
And half a decade later, the Q2 is still punching above its weight. It might be the smallest member of a range of SUVs from the German brand that also includes the Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8, but it’s also the best-selling – in fact, it’s Audi’s third best selling model overall, just behind the A1 and A3 hatchbacks.
Three engines are available in the regular Q2 and they all comply with the latest emissions standards, although there's also a hot model that you can read about in our separate Audi SQ2 review.
In this review, we'll be telling you how the Q2 stacks up against its closest rivals, which include the Puma, T-Roc and Mini Countryman. And if you’re already interested, check out the Audi Q2 deals we can offer through our New Car Buying service. You could save plenty on the brochure price without any haggling at all.
The Audi Q2 is one of the most dependable small SUVs, finishing fourth in its class in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, with a 98.7% score. By comparison, the rival Mini Countryman and Volkswagen T-Roc were eighth and 10th respectively. Read more here
Audi doesn’t offer the Q2 as a hybrid or an electric car. However, under light engine loads, the turbocharged 1.5-litre unit in the 35 TFSI petrol model can shut down two of its four cylinders to save fuel. Read more here
While the Audi Q2’s entry-level 30 TFSI engine isn’t overly sluggish, the 35 TFSI is worth the extra because it offers a noticeable step up in performance and is more refined. Similarly, we think it’s worth spending the extra to upgrade from Technik to Sport trim, because that gets you slightly larger wheels, a bigger infotainment screen, digital instruments and fancier interior trim. Read more here
The S line trim has sportier exterior styling, LED rear lights and 18in rather than 17in alloy wheels. Together these things do make the car look more imposing but, objectively, the cheaper Sport trim makes more sense. Read more here
As one of the older models in Audi’s range, the Q2 has the brand’s previous-generation infotainment system. However, the good news is this is easier to use when you’re driving than its replacement, mainly because you operate it using physical controls rather than by pressing icons on a touchscreen. Read more here
The Q2’s boot has an official capacity of 405 litres, compared with the 380 litres that the closely related Audi A3 hatchback can swallow. This advantage is backed up in terms of real-world usability: we fitted seven carry-on suitcases into the boot of the Q2, but just five in the A3. Read more here
|RRP price range||£25,080 - £47,675|
|Number of trims (see all)||7|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||33.6 - 48.7|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,488 / £3,419|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,975 / £6,838|