If you want a small, premium crossover that’s both fuel efficient and fun to drive, you have more options than ever before. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen all have cars in this segment of tiny premium crossovers. In this new video from Carwow, we take a look at two of the best of them — the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Both of these cars are based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, so they’re essentially the same cars underneath. However, they look quite a bit different, have different interiors and even drive differently, despite being so similar underneath the skin.
On the outside, the Volkswagen T-Roc is a surprisingly good looking car. It sort of bucks the trend of modern Volkswagens, which are all very staid and boring. Though, if you want something smart and sporty looking, it’s the Audi Q2 that you want. It just has that extra bit of presence to it, thanks to its big grille, blacked-out C-pillar and, of course, its bright yellow paint.
Inside, the VW is very smart looking and well laid out. It gets a nice touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument panel and some nice materials. Though, it’s the Audi Q2 that boasts the better cabin. Its MMI system, Virtual Cockpit digital instruments and better build quality/materials make it better overall than the VW.
The same goes for the driving dynamics. The T-Roc is a good car that’s enjoyable to drive but the Q2 bests it. The Audi is sportier, more fun to drive and more special feeling. It’s a bit stiff with its 19-inch wheels but with smaller wheels that ride issue would be negated.
So because it’s more enjoyable to drive, better looking and sports the better cabin, Carwow gives the win to the Audi Q2. But the Volkswagen T-Roc is a very good car and is cheaper than the Audi. So if you can’t afford the Audi, there’s no shame in the T-Roc.