The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Whatever size and shape you are, it’s unlikely you’ll have a problem with the Q2’s driving position. The steering wheel has a great range of up-and-down (and in-and-out) movement, and every model has four-way electrically adjustable front seats – with adjustable lumbar support – as standard.
The seats themselves support your thighs and shoulders nicely, helping you stay comfortable on a long journey.
The dashboard was updated in late 2020, but it is still essentially the same one used on the previous-generation Audi A3 – and that's no bad thing. It means the buttons and switches are clearly marked and positioned within easy reach, and digital instrument dials (or a 12.3in Virtual Cockpit in Audi speak) are standard from Sport trim upwards.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Even though the Q2 is a relatively small car, it still gives you that high-up driving position that most SUV buyers seek. This means you're treated to a great view of the road ahead, aided by reasonably slim windscreen pillars.
The rearward view isn’t quite so good, because thick rear pillars obscure over-the-shoulder visibility. Rear parking sensors come as standard and help mitigate this problem, but you have to jump up to range-topping Vorsprung trim if you want front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a parking assistance function.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Q2 has one of the best infotainment systems of any small SUV. With its simple rotary controller between the front seats, and shortcut buttons by the gearlever, it’s far less distracting to use on the move than the touchscreen systems you’ll find in virtually every other Audi model.
All Q2s come with essentials such as a DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav preparation and a USB port for charging your phone. Thanks to standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, you can also 'mirror' some of your phone's apps – including Google Maps and Waze – to the 8.3in display in the middle of the dashboard. Stepping up to Sport trim also nets you Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus and a separate infotainment package, which brings online map updates (free for five years), Google Earth navigation, live traffic information, online media streaming and a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight mobile devices via an embedded SIM.
It is a shame, however, that you have to step up to range-topping Vorsprung trim if you want wireless phone charging and Bang and Olufsen’s fantastic 14 speaker, 705 watt sound system.
Audi has a fine track record of creating smart and beautifully built interiors, and the Q2 mirrors the previous-generation A3’s minimalist dashboard layout. While it isn’t quite as plush inside as that car, it still puts most other small SUVs to shame, including the Volkswagen T-Roc and Peugeot 2008.
The upper surfaces 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. You can personalise your Q2 with a number of optional interior trim combinations.
If you go for range-topping Vorsprung, the interior ambience is lifted even further by a neat looking illuminated interior inlay (here, light shines through various patterns etched into the interior trim), while an LED interior lighting pack bathes the interior in a warm glow at night.
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