What is it?
As the entry point to an extensive line-up that now consists of nine different models, the Q2 is something of a gateway drug to the Audi SUV variety. Many clients are entirely new to the brand, so keeping it appropriate in such a competitive part of the marketplace is no small job.
That’s why the compact crossover received a subtle refresh late last year, honing its appearances even further and bringing its interior innovation more approximately date with competitors such as the Mini Countryman and brand new Ford Puma.
Styling modifications consist of a more expansive and purposeful-looking front grille that more closely resembles the bigger Q5, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and LED headlights that come as basic throughout the variety. The outgoing automobile’s sharp angles and sculpted shut lines, which weren’t to all tastes in the past, stay largely unchanged.
Having driven the entry-level 1.0-litre 30 TFSI Technik back in October, it’s now time to evaluate the more powerful 1.5-litre, in step-up Sport trim and equipped with Audi’s optional S tronic seven-speed automatic transmission.
What’s it like? With 148bhp from four turbocharged cylinders, the Q2 feels usefully quicker and more responsive under velocity than the 1.0-litre three-pot. At 8.6 sec it is practically three seconds faster in the 0-62mph sprint, and is significantly smoother under load.
Unfortunate, then, that the automatic transmission is so sluggish, shuffling cogs even under a light foot at constant speed and taking its time to respond when you put your foot down. It’s symptomatic of lots of recent VW Group models, and detracts from what must be a pleasurable driving experience.
The freshly redesigned gearlever is less awkward here merely because you’re utilizing it less frequently, though given we discovered the Q2’s manual transmission to be relatively precise, we ‘d choose it over the rather reluctant automatic.
Otherwise, the Q2 feels the like it ever did, with a lot of front-end grip and the variable steering is calibrated in such a manner that the automobile feels more agile than you ‘d anticipate through the corners. It seldom shows interesting when you do press on, there’s a level of dynamism to be discovered that might show surprising. A somewhat firm trip is the trade-off, though that levels somewhat once you get up to speed. The customisable drive modes (now standard on Sport trim cars) do little to change that, though you wouldn’t call this car uneasy.