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Audi Q2 vs DS 4 Crossback vs Seat Ateca

Small SUVs are flavour of the month, especially when premium quality is added to the mix. So which is the tastiest – Audi’s new Q2, the DS 4 Crossback or Seat's Ateca?

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Audi Q2 vs DS 4 Crossback vs Seat Ateca

Our verdict

With its Q2, Audi has added yet another strong model to its ever-expanding line-up. It’s great fun to drive for an SUV and has one of the best interiors ever seen in the class, while its standard MMI infotainment system is easy to use. Audi’s strong brand image is another benefit to owners because it bolsters residual values. This 1.4-litre petrol engine’s clever cylinder shut-down technology helps to keep fuel bills down, too.

The Q2 has been outclassed by its cheaper opponent here, though. The Ateca recently took on – and beat – the mighty Nissan Qashqai on these pages, and it has seen off the competition to take the win once again. It all comes down to ticking the boxes that matter most to small SUV buyers, namely excellent space and practicality, a largely comfortable ride, generous standard equipment and superb safety kit. Of course, fitted with the same engine as the Q2, it’s also pleasingly quiet and economical, even though the Ateca feels a touch more sluggish than the lighter Q2.

'The Ateca feels a touch more sluggish than the lighter Q2'

The DS 4 Crossback always had its work cut out pitted against two of the strongest competitors in this class, and it fails to make an impact here. Despite being refreshed not long ago, and the fact that this Crossback is a range-topping model, it doesn’t feel as much of a quality product as these two rivals. Add to that an unsettled ride, stodgy handling, poor interior space and practicality and too much wind and road noise being transmitted into the car, and these things make it very hard to recommend.

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1st – Seat Ateca

For Roomiest; lots of kit; smooth engine; strongest residuals

Against So-so interior plastics; Q2 is sharper to drive

Verdict A class-leading small SUV, even if cheaper trim levels are better value for money

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Audi Q2

For Best interior; infotainment system; handling

Against Not especially practical; stingy standard kit

Verdict Classy and good to drive, but small and pricey

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Audi Q2 review

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3rd – DS 4 Crossback

For Plenty of standard kit; cheapest finance deals

Against Poorest ride; stodgy handling; tiny rear seats

Verdict Tempting finance deals don’t outweigh flaws

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport

Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol

List price Β£23,930

Target Price Β£23,698

Power 148bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500rpm

0-60mph 8.1sec

Top speed 132mph

Gov't fuel economy 52.3mpg

True MPG 45.3mpg

CO2 emissions 124g/km


DS 4 Crossback 1.2 Puretech 130

Engine size 1.2-litre turbo petrol

List price Β£22,295

Target Price Β£21,079

Power 128bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 170lb ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 10.1sec

Top speed 123mph

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

True MPG 42.6mpg

CO2 emissions 116g/km


Seat Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI 150 Xcellence

Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol

List price Β£23,905

Target Price Β£23,249

Power 148bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500rpm

0-60mph 10.5sec

Top speed 125mph

Gov't fuel economy 52.3mpg

True MPG 42.8mpg

CO2 emissions 123g/km

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