Audi might be later than most to the supermini-sized SUV party, but the Q2 has won plenty of fans with its classy and practical interior, tidy handling and strong resale potential. If the usual contenders in this class – cars like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka X and Mini Countryman – have left you feeling cold, then the Q2 could be worth looking at.
Like most cars in this class, the Q2 majors on its funky styling, but it’s also fairly good to drive, with a strong range of engines and excellent handling.
The Q2’s starting price of £20,230 makes it more expensive than most rivals – but it’s still a sensible buy, even next to larger cars like the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai. PCP finance deals are surprisingly affordable, too. o, should you buy an Audi Q2 as your next car? Here are 7 reasons to take a test drive.
7 reasons to buy an Audi Q2
All too often, raised-up SUVs feel worse to drive than the hatchbacks on which they are based, but the Q2 feels quite flat through the corners, and it has plenty of grip in bends. You also get Audi’s progressive steering – which gets quicker the more you turn the wheel – as standard.
- Comfortable driving position
Regardless of your shape or size, you’ll have no problem getting comfortable in the Q2’s driver’s seat – there’s a great range of adjustment in the seat and wheel, and the raised-up seating position means forward visibility is good.
- Sport trim
The entry-level Q2 SE is relatively well equipped, but our favourite Sport trim gets you extra luxuries including 17in alloy wheels, satellite navigation, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control.
Although Euro NCAP has yet to test the Q2, expect it to receive the same five-star rating as the A3 on which it is based. As standard, every Q2 gets a full compliment of airbags and automatic emergency braking. You can build on that with multiple optional safety systems, too.
- Petrol power
There are lots of engines to choose from, but our favourite is the 1.4-litre petrol. With 148bhp, it’s got enough power to pull the Q2 along with gusto, and can shut down two of its four cylinders when cruising to save fuel.
- Interior quality
Audi interiors are pretty much in a class of their own these days, and the quality present in the Q2 is easy to see. It borrows the A3’s minimalist layout, and there are plenty of soft-touch materials on display. You can also personalise the car with multiple interior combinations if you so wish.
- Interior space
Despite its dimensions, the Q2 offers drivers and passengers a reasonable amount of space inside. Both front and rear passengers should have little trouble getting comfortable – and the Q2’s boot is usefully large, although it’s beaten in terms of pure carrying capacity by many other small SUVs.
What about buying used?
The Audi Q2 has been on sale in the UK for less than a year, so is far too new to qualify for a used car review on What Car?. You’ll have a hard time finding any examples on the used car market, but if you’re prepared to wait, you might find a few sneaking into the classifieds over the next year.
If you are looking for a used premium small SUV, then the larger Audi Q3 might be your best bet. Prices start at around £11,000, and you can pick up our favourite 2.0-litre TDI SE model with around 40,000 miles on the clock for about £14,200.