Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Although the Q2 is a little pricier than mainstream rivals such as the Seat Arona and Renault Captur, it's still a sensible buy. That’s because the premium badge and sporty SUV styling will have people queuing up to buy one, boding well for future resale values. Monthly PCP finance deals are surprisingly affordable, too.
With CO2 emissions of 118g/km, the 30 TFSI petrol engine occupies the 27% Benefit-in-Kind company car tax band. Those results are, give or take, the same as the equivalent 1.0-litre engine in the Volkswagen T-Roc, which emits 122g/km.
Our True MPG tests have revealed the Q2 to be impressively frugal, too; the 35 TFSI returned 45.3mpg.
Equipment, options and extras
Trims start off with Technik. This isn’t especially well equipped for a car in this price range, highlights being 16in alloy wheels, a DAB radio and air-con, as well as that 7.0in infotainment system with smartphone mirroring.
Audi reckons more than half of buyers will plump for Sport, the next level up. It’s the pick of the bunch for us, too, because, for a reasonable premium over Technik, you get 17in wheels, sat-nav, automatic lights and cruise control. It looks jazzier, thanks to contrasting paint on the exterior of the rear pillars, and Audi’s Drive Select driving modes are included, too.
Sportier S line models add LED headlights, 18in wheels and part-leather sports seats. You also get an LED ambient interior lighting pack for a swisher feel inside, as well as more aggressive-looking S line bumpers on the outside. Moving up to Black Edition adds 19in alloy wheels and distinctive black styling features.
Finally, range-topping Vorsprung cars get almost everything on the Audi options list; the adaptive suspension comes as standard, plus there’s the larger 8.2in infotainment screen. There’s also an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo, panoramic sunroof, lumbar support and front sports seats wrapped in nappa leather all as standard. Unsurprisingly, though, it’s eye-wateringly expensive compared with lesser models.
The Q2 didn’t perform particularly well in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing third bottom of the small SUV class results; that said, it did beat its close rival, the Volkswagen T-Roc.
Audi didn’t do too well as a brand, either, finishing 20th out of 31 manufacturers. At least it beat other premium rivals including BMW and Mercedes.
You get a comprehensive three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, which includes breakdown cover. You can extend this for a reasonable cost for up to five years or 90,000 miles.
Safety and security
The Q2 received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, with a strong 93% score for adult protection and 86% for child protection. That makes it one of the safest cars in its class.
All models come with a full complement of airbags and two rear Isofix child seat mounting points, plus there are a number of safety systems to help prevent accidents. These include automatic emergency braking to stop you from rear-ending the car in front around town and optional lane assist to help stop you from wandering out of your lane on the motorway.
Also on the options list is Audi Side Assist, which warns you if you are about to change lane when another car is in your blindspot and puts the brakes on if you haven't seen a car crossing behind you when reversing out of a tight driveway or parking space.
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