Driving position and dashboard
Whatever size and shape you are, it’s unlikely that you’ll have a problem with the Q2’s driving position. The steering wheel has a great range of movement up and down as well as in and out. You also get a height-adjustable driver’s seat on all variants.
The seat itself is supportive and nicely aligned with the pedals, helping to keep you comfortable on a long journey. It's a shame that lumbar adjustment doesn't come as standard, though.
Much of the dashboard layout is borrowed from the tried-and-tested A3, so the layout works well. The dials are easy to read, while the switches and button fall easily to hand. That said, some of the plastics and switches don't feel quite as plush the A3's.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Even though the Q2 is a relatively small car, you still get the high-up driving position that most SUV buyers seek.
This gives you a great view of the road ahead, aided by the reasonably slim windscreen pillars. The rearward view isn’t quite so good, because the thick rear pillars obscure over-the-shoulder visibility. Rear parking sensors come as standard and help mitigate this problem, while a rear-view camera is a pricey option (albeit standard on the most expensive Vorsprung).
Sat nav and infotainment
All Q2s come with essentials such as a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port for charging your phone. If you connect a smartphone through the USB, you can also make use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to operate your phone through the car’s infotainment system.
Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of the best on the market. With simple rotary dial controller and shortcut buttons positioned by the gearlever, it’s a doddle to skim through the menus far less distracting to use on the move than the touchscreen systems you’ll find on more expensive models in the Audi range. The menu system is intuitive and the standard 7.0in screen, which sits atop the dash, is clear and easy to read. From mid-level Sport trim upwards, you also get sat-nav as standard. You also have the option to spec a crisp 8.3in screen as part of Audi’s Technology Pack – top-level Vorsprung trim gets this as standard.
All models come with buttons on the steering wheel that let you navigate the radio, telephone and driver information settings for the separate screen between the instruments. We’d recommend spending the extra to upgrade to Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the analogue instrument cluster with a 12.3in TFT screen. This puts lots of useful information, including sat-nav maps, just below the driver’s line of sight.
Audi has a pretty fine track record of creating smart and beautifully built interiors, and so it is in the Q2, which borrows the A3’s minimalist dashboard architecture and excellent materials. While it isn’t quite as plush as the A3, it’s one of the finest small SUV interiors out there.
The upper surfaces look smart and feel soft to the touch, while the switches and buttons operate with a precise click; the rotary climate control buttons, for example, tick satisfyingly when you rotate them. There’s also a pleasant mix of materials and you can personalise the car with any number of optional interior trim combinations. Additional ambient lighting adds to the sense of occasion at night.