It was only a matter of time before Audi developed an ‘S’ version of its smallest crossover, the Q2. Since its launch, the little Audi Q2 has been begging for a faster, more exciting version. It’s always had the chassis and dynamics to handle more power but it’s always used puny little engines. Now, with the Audi SQ2, it can start to have some fun. For UK customers, that fun will start soon.
UK customers can now begin ordering their SQ2s and deliverings are said to begin this month, even though the month is almost over. Pricing for the Audi SQ2 starts at £36,800, which is actually a bit pricey for such a small crossover. Though, you are getting a good bit of performance to go along with it.
Under the hood of the Audi SQ2 lies a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, the SQ2 can scoot from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. So it’s properly quick. It should handle better than the standard car as well, thanks to a lower, stiffer suspension and sharper steering. It’s the sort of handling the Q2 was always capable of but Audi never seemed to unlock.
It also looks better. The sportier exterior accents, roof spoiler, 18-inch wheels and front splitter all make the Audi SQ2 stand out from its more average Q2 siblings. Inside, it gets some sportier bits as well. A flat-bottomed steering wheel, red contrast stitching, red trim throughout and about a thousand “S” badges make the interior feel a bit sportier than before. Though, as with all Audi ‘S’ cars, it’s not much different from just a regular Q2’s interior with an S-Line package.
If you want something that’s practical but also small enough to squeeze through narrow European city streets and sporty enough to have fun with, the Audi SQ2 is a good choice. Yes, that’s a very specific set of needs but for those that have them, the SQ2 is perfect. It’s just a bit pricey.