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2016 Audi Q2 priced from Β£22,380

Audi's new premium small SUV will arrive in the UK in November, and will cost from Β£22,380

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Audi Q2

The new Audi Q2 will go on sale in the UK this November. The Q2 is Audi's smallest SUV model, and sits below the larger Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUVs in the German manufacturer's range. It's a rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Renault Captur, and also competes against premium-badged small SUVs such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

We've already driven the Q2, and we found it to be both desirable and good to drive, even if its Β£22,380 entry-level price puts it at the more expensive end of this market. You can read our full review of the Audi Q2 here.

What is it?

The Audi Q2 is the German brand's smallest SUV model. It's designed to capitalise on the growing demand for small SUVs, and aims to offer buyers in this market a premium choice. In terms of size, it's shorter, wider and taller than a five-door A3 Sportback hatchback, and it's expected to become a big-selling car for Audi. The Q2 made its global debut at the Geneva motor show earlier in 2016.

The five-door, five-seater Q2 gets most of its design features from other Audi SUVs, in particular the larger Q3 and Q7 models. Audi says the new car has been created to cater for the needs of young, urban drivers, and it hopes the Q2 will bring a new audience to the brand.

What engines can I choose from?

At launch, the Q2 comes with a choice of two engines: a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol with cylinder-on-demand technology - meaning the engine shuts down two cylinders when coasting along to save fuel - and a 1.6-litre TDI diesel that should offer close to 70mpg fuel economy.

Later this year, the petrol range will get a 1.0-litre TFSI petrol with 114bhp that should be good for an unconfirmed 50mpg, and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel that will get 148bhp.

A 2.0-litre TFSI engine that produces 187bhp will top the range when it arrives in 2017.

As standard, the Q2 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an S tronic automatic gearbox is also available.

Buyers who want four-wheel-drive capability can pay extra for Audi’s quattro system; with this, the car powers the front wheels in normal driving, but in low grip scenarios or four-wheel-drive modes power is also sent to the rear wheels.

How much equipment does it come with?

The Q2 will come in three trim levels: SE, Sport and S line.

SE trim models get 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and variable suspension settings.

Sport models receive larger 17in alloys, cruise control, sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, sports seats and Audi's drive select system (which allows the driver to choose between different driving modes), while range-topping S line cars get 18in alloys, LED headlights and a cloth and leather upholstery, as well as a no-cost option to upgrade to sports suspension.

Since Audi is marketing the Q2 as a premium car for the small SUV class, the Q2 comes with an extensive options list. The car maker’s latest virtual cockpit system is on offer, which replaces conventional analogue instrument dials with a configurable digital display.

There are also a host of safety and driver assist features, including traffic jam assist, collision assist (which can automatically apply the brakes), active lane departure and active cruise control.

Audi is fitting the Q2 with variable steering as standard, which adjusts the responsiveness of steering to adapt to different situations. Steering reaction is slowed at speed to improve motorway stability, and then made faster at low speed to improve agility.

How much will it cost?

The Audi Q2 will go on sale this November, costing from Β£22,380. That entry-level price makes it less than Β£4000 cheaper than Audi's larger Q3, but also vastly more expensive than staples in this market like the Renault Captur and Mini Countryman, which cost from Β£14,575 and Β£17,125 respectively.

When Audi adds a lower-powered 1.0-litre petrol engine to the Q2 range later this year, that entry-level price will drop to Β£20,230, making the Q2 a much more palatable choice.

At the moment, the Q2 range is crowned by the Edition #1 model, which is priced from Β£31,170. This version of the Q2 receives 19in alloy wheels, a subtle styling pack designed to give it a sporty appearance, and nappa leather inside.

Anything else I should know?

Despite being more compact than a five-door A3 Sportback, the Q2’s higher roofline means it offers passengers more head room. There’s also 405 litres of boot space, with 1050 litres on offer when the rear seats are folded. A 40/20/40 folding rear bench is also available to increase the cabin’s flexibility. In simple terms, expect the Q2 to carry your family and their luggage without much trouble.

If you're after a more sporty version of the Q2, then you won't have long to wait. Audi has already started development work on the SQ2, and the car is expected to go on sale in either 2018 or 2019. The SQ2 is expected produce 295bhp - making it a rival for other hot small SUVs like the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Line. Prices have yet to be confirmed for the SQ2, but a figure of around Β£35,000 is expected.


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