The newest entry into Audi’s SUV range is also the smallest — the Audi Q2. And, come November, Audi’s smallest SUV will also come with Audi’s smallest engine, a 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder. So how does Audi’s smallest engine work in Audi’s smallest SUV? Auto Express tested it to find out.
Okay, so a 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine doesn’t sound very exciting. However, Auto Express claims that it’s probably the engine to get in the Q2. Reason being, with less weight over the nose, compared to the turbo-fours offered, the Q2 1.0 TFSI feels more nimble and agile that its counterparts. It feels light on its feet and really fun to drive, with its sharp steering and impressive athletics.
And if you think the little 1.0 liter’s engine is too weak or underpowered to be fun, think again. Despite the fact that it only has 113 hp and 147 lb-ft, the engine punches above its weight class. While 0-60 mph comes in a somewhat leisurely 10 seconds, the Q2 1.0 TFSI is helped by its manual-transmission. A six-speed manual allows it to be fun and exciting without having to be fast. But the engine really does provide enough in-gear punch to be entertaining.
Fuel economy numbers haven’t been released by Audi just yet, but Auto Express claims that it should be about ten percent better than the 1.4 TFSI variant. They estimate around 60 mpg, though, which is impressive, albeit a bit ambitious.
Aside from the engine, it’s still an Audi Q2. So the interior is good looking, sporty and functional, if a bit cheap feeling in some places. And while the ride is sporty and fun, it can also be quite harsh over rough pavement. That’s also a product of its small size and short wheelbase. Although, that same short wheelbase makes it easy to drive around town and navigate through narrow city streets. So there’s good and bad to its small and stiff structure.
Overall, Auto Express was impressed by the Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI, claiming it the engine to buy. Though you’ll have to wait until November to get one, AE claims that it’s worth the wait and it’s the better engine than the 1.4 TFSI.