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Audi Q2 review

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Audi Q2
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7 Nov 2016 12:00 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:54

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What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is


Audi Q2 Performance    Rated 4 out of 5

If you like a petrol rather than a diesel engine, then the 1.0 TFSI is fine for town and light motorway use. However, for more flexible performance, the 148bhp 1.4 TFSI is a better bet. It’s got plenty of mid-range shove, and makes a better fist of propelling a fully-laden Q2.

Factoring in price, performance and running costs, the best all-round engine in the range is the 1.6 TDI diesel. It has enough oomph to whisk you along at a reasonable lick.

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We also like the 2.0 TDI diesel. It delivers quite effortless pace, whether you are driving in town or on the motorway. However, it’s only available from mid-level Sport trim upwards, and with a DSG automatic gearbox, making it quite a pricey option.


Audi Q2 Ride    Rated 4 out of 5

Three suspension options are available on the Audi Q2. All models come with the softer Dynamic option as standard, but on the top-level S line models you can go for a firmer Sports suspension for no extra charge. If you buy either the mid-level Sport or S line trims you can pay to upgrade to an adaptive suspension system. This allows you to switch between a softer ride for comfort, or a firmer setting for sportier driving.

So far, we’ve only driven Q2s fitted with either the standard Dynamic suspension or the adaptive system. Both manage to smooth the edges off sharp bumps and ridges well enough, although with the standard suspension the ride is firmer and more unsettled along typical pockmarked urban roads.

However, with the differences being relatively small, we’d recommend trying both set-ups before forking out the extra. We’d also suggest sticking to the smaller 17in alloy wheels for the best ride comfort.


Audi Q2 Handling    Rated 5 out of 5

The Q2 shares a platform with the Audi A3 hatchback. That's a car that handles pretty sweetly, so it’s no surprise that the Q2 also corners well. Sure, being a jacked-up SUV introduces a touch more body lean than you get in the lower-riding A3, but the Q2 still corners flatter than many of its SUV rivals, including the Mercedes GLA.

There’s also lots of grip in bends, and if you order the four-wheel-drive version, plenty of traction when you are pulling out of side turnings.

All versions come with Audi’s progressive steering. This means the steering gets quicker the more you turn the wheel, so fewer turns of the wheel are required when parking and manoeuvring, but the car still feels stable at motorway speeds. On upper trims you also get a drive mode switch to alter the weight of the steering; the lighter Comfort setting is preferable to the overly heavy and supposedly sporty Dynamic option.


Audi Q2 Refinement    Rated 4 out of 5

The 1.0 TFSI 115 petrol is a raspy three-cylinder engine, but although you can hear it buzzing away, it’s not an unpleasant sound. The 1.4 TFSI 150 petrol is smooth at low revs. However, when you work it hard it becomes slightly coarse, with a gravelly tone as the revs climb higher. Although both the diesels are well mannered, keeping the cabin free from unwanted vibrations and staying relatively quiet, the 2.0 TDI 150 is the sweeter engine of the two.

At motorway speeds the Q2 cruises fairly quietly. Little wind or road noise enters the passenger compartment, so it’s a relaxing car to take on long journeys, although there is some road noise – particularly on models with larger alloys wheels.

The six-speed manual gearbox is light and slick, and the clutch bites positively. Combined with the well-weighted and progressive brakes, this makes the Q2 an easy car to drive smoothly in stop-start traffic. The dual-clutch S tronic auto, which is optional on most models and standard on the 2.0 TDI 150 diesel, shifts smoothly up and down through its gears. It's a bit jerky in stop-start traffic, though.

 

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This is reasonably basic for a car in this price range, with highlights being 16in alloy wheels, a DAB radio and air-con. There’s no sat-nav, but you do get a 7.0in infotainment screen that you can...View trim
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Sport
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