First seen in 2016, the Audi Q2 was launched as an entry-level various to the larger Q SUV choices in Audi’s vary. Not following the conservative Q3, Q5 and Q7, Ingolstadt’s boutique crossover appealed to a younger market – with flamboyant paint selections and trim schemes to draw fashion-forward shoppers. Now midway by means of its life cycle, the premium automobile maker has given the Q2 a facelift.
Subtle enhancements refresh the outside; the boutique design modernised with new fake front-end air inlets and redesigned headlamp detailing. The rear has additionally benefitted from adjustments to the rear diffuser. The check unit we sampled was painted in a discreet shade known as Floret Silver Metallic. At R2 620, it was certainly one of many choices fitted to the Q2. A set of dynamic wanting 5-double-spoke ‘trapezoid model’ Audi Sport 18-inch alloys add some presence, at R36 900.
Seated behind the usual leather-wrapped steering wheel, there’s loads of adjustment to permit folks of all shapes to search out their perfect driving place. Trimmed in ‘Index’ material seats, the R6 200 ‘Sports’ seats are supportive and well-bolstered. As a premium product, a no-cost leather-based choice can be appreciated. It’s accessible as an choice (on Advanced and S line fashions solely) for an additional R14 600.
Despite the comparatively compact exterior dimensions, the rear bench is spacious. There’s loads of area for a brace of kid seats and, with customary ISOFIX mountings, becoming them ought to be a breeze. Cargo area is appropriate, measuring 405 litres with the rear bench in place. This is larger than the Mini Countryman (360 litres) however falls in need of the Volkswagen T-Roc’s 445 litres. With the rear seats folded flat, the Audi has a commendable 1 050 litres – however can’t match the Mini at 1 250 and the VW at 1 290 litres, respectively.
Standard specification is extra spectacular than baggage area, with key options akin to local weather management, rear parking sensors, LED headlamps and cruise management all forming a part of the usual value. The enticing inside stays comparatively unchanged, other than a revised gear lever and air vents. Quality is one thing you’ll be able to not often complain about with an Audi – and the Q2 isn’t any completely different. The child Q has been blessed with a good looking inside. Yes, there are a number of surfaces which use cheaper plastics, however for essentially the most half the whole lot feels remarkably strong and premium. In this regard, it bests the T-Roc’s decidedly plastic cockpit.
With the mid-life replace, Audi South Africa has elected to rejig the native engine line-up. No longer accessible, the three-cylinder 30 TFSI has been dropped from the line-up. Just one selection is on provide, the 35 TFSI. With 110 kW and 250 Nm, it’s sufficiently powered to hold out its duties as a commuter with diligence. While not as dynamically participating because the equally priced Audi A3 Sportback, the Q2 counters with a effective journey high quality and a pleasant heft to the controls – it’s not heavy by any means, however feels reassuringly strong in its driving traits.
The 1.4-litre turbopetrol is paired to a smooth-shifting eight-speed computerized gearbox, which fits the Q2’s relaxed persona. Commuting round city and on motorways are each strengths of the Audi, which has longer legs than its compact dimension would recommend. On the open street – when cruising on the nationwide restrict – the auto ‘field blurs the gears away seamlessly, to offer a refined expertise. The four-cylinder stays hushed and wind noise is saved to a restrict. Even with the non-compulsory 18-inch alloys, the journey is unruffled.
Performance just isn’t the Q2’s forte. It doesn’t transfer at a glacial tempo however lacks the urgency skilled in a few of its bigger siblings. 0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds ought to be sufficient for most individuals, however fast passing manoeuvres would require extra thought and enter. Thankfully, the eight-speed auto acts swiftly and earnestly.
A slender enchancment on the pre-facelift, the Q2 stays an impressive selection on this relatively area of interest section. That being mentioned, the previous yr has seen the introduction of quite a few opponents – the up to date Hyundai Kona, Volkswagen T-Roc and Mazda CX-30 all spring to thoughts. While all gifted, the aforementioned rivals (quirky Kona apart) fail to match the left-field, ’boutique’ attraction of the Q2. Even then, the Hyundai can not match the model cachet that accompanies the Audi badge. What’s extra, the Q2 has essentially the most premium-feeling cabin and a really stellar journey high quality. If you’re in search of a mid-sized crossover with a premium badge, then it’s best to undoubtedly contemplate the Q2.
Audi Q2 35 TFSI
Fuel consumption: 6.1L/100km (claimed)
Top velocity: 213 km/h
Rivals: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.4 TSI, Mini Cooper Clubman
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