Audi’s smallest SUV, the Q2, is proving to be a bit of a hit. With prices starting from just over £21,000, it’s within reach of many people and its successful blend of premium quality with funky stand-out crossover styling seems an enviable combination.
Most buyers are taking 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel models. But what is that cheapest entry-level model, with its three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, actually like – and can those spending bargain basement cash still pick up a quality car? We decided to find out.
One thing is for sure: SUV buyers don’t need to default to diesel these days. Modern turbo petrol engines are little masterpieces, and the Q2’s micro-sized 1.0-litre is no exception. Only when you first put your foot down will you feel a little hesitation: once the revs are over 2000rpm, it’s surprisingly strong and linear. Just remember to use the gearbox to keep it in the zone: that’s why Audi fits a six-speeder as standard.
Refinement is also better than you may think – and probably better than a comparable diesel. It’s virtually inaudible in town, and the distant throb it makes is quite sweet; you’ll hear it during acceleration but it settles down again once up to speed.
The Audi handles well, with variable steering giving it a nippy, agile feel, and minimal body roll keeping things tight in corners. The ride can be unsettled on urban roads as a result, but it’s rarely crashy and it proves a stable motorway cruiser.
There’s surprising space within the smallest Audi SUV, with a pushchair-sized boot and a roomy front cabin. Rear seats aren’t quite as spacious, but should be OK for children. Audi’s trademark top-line quality is in plentiful evidence and the well-designed dash is clarity itself to use. This is a real feel-good car inside.
Equipment levels are strong, with DAB, Bluetooth and USB port ensuring strong connectivity. This is bolstered by smartphone users having easy access…