Used test: Audi Q2 vs Volkswagen T-Roc
Buy either of these small SUVs at a couple of years old and you'll make a good saving on the new price, but which one should you go for? We have the answer...
Audi Q2 2.0 TDI quattro S line S tronic
List price when new £31,590
Price today £19,500*
Available from 2017-present
A combination of sharp looks and a quality interior make this a desirable little SUV.
Volkswagen T-Roc 2.0 TDI 4Motion SEL DSG
List price when new £28,850
Price today £18,000*
Available from 2018-present
It may not have the premium badge of the Q2, but the T-Roc is stylish and well equipped.
*Price today is based on a 2018 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing
Over the past few years, the car-buying public has fallen in love with small SUVs and you can see why – their blend of practicality and value is hard to beat. Buy one at a couple of years old and you’ll be getting even better value because you won’t be paying for all the heavy depreciation that cars fresh off the showroom floor generally suffer.
We’ve chosen two of the best of the breed to test here. The Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc are actually closely related, and the examples we’ve lined up both use the same engine and gearbox. We’ve chosen both in diesel form and four-wheel drive and in their high-spec versions, and both are a couple of years old, where the financial savings on either could easily buy you another decent used car.
Which one makes the most sense at this age? Read on to find out...
Performance, ride, handling, refinement
Neither of these two leaves you in any doubt as to which fuel they run on; both have a distinctive diesel grumble, although it’s the T-Roc that proves marginally the most refined. At a steady cruise, the T-Roc is again the quieter, generating less wind and tyre noise than the Q2.
In terms of acceleration, there’s virtually nothing to separate the Q2 and T-Roc; both are pleasingly brisk and you’re never likely to think that they’re short on puff.
The only gearbox option with these punchy 2.0-litre diesel engines is an automatic. It’s a seven-speed dual-clutch unit, both of which are smooth in normal use.
The fact that they have four-wheel drive means that both have excellent traction in slippery conditions, although neither is a gifted off-roader. A grassy car park shouldn’t be too troublesome, but their suspension is too stiff and they lack the ground clearance to deal with major obstacles.
Neither of these SUVs has a particularly cushy ride, although both take the edge off bumps at higher speeds. The Q2 could do with being more supple. The T-Roc deals with town imperfections the most adroitly.
Both the Q2 and T-Roc are agile, gripping hard and turning in eagerly. This is especially true of the Q2, although the T-Roc has slightly more natural-feeling steering. The Q2’s quicker steering makes it easiest to manoeuvre around town, though.
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