We recently reported that some automotive publications were allowed to go to Havana, Cuba, a place that’s seemingly been untouched since the 1950’s, to drive the new Audi Q2. Driving a modern car like the Audi Q2 in Cuba is probably a lot like using a modern smart phone in the middle ages. However, that juxtaposition of the futuristic looking Q2 and the old ’50s cars, stunning scenery and general old-timey feel of Cuba is simply spectacular. So the kind folks at Auto Express were able to capture some of that on video.
It’s a shame that it’s taken this long for Cuba and the rest of the world to come to peace enough to allow travel to and from because it’s a beautiful country. However, if we were always allowed to travel there, it probably wouldn’t look like it does, so maybe that point is moot. Anyway, let’s talk about the car.
The Audi Q2 is certainly one of the most unique looking cars in the Audi lineup, with a boxy shape and squarish taillights (that admittedly have the most difficult-to-see turn signals). But it does look very good and I think it’s the best-looking small cars that the four-ringed brand currently makes. On the inside, it’s very Audi A3/S3, which is both good and bad. It’s good because it’s still an attractive cabin that’s well laid out and well built. But it’s bad because it’s a bit too familiar and doesn’t separate itself from the rest of the brand’s lineup like the exterior does. Audi really missed the opportunity to get as funky with the interior as it did with the exterior.
In terms of driving dynamics, Auto Express claims it to be very good, with nicely judged steering (the steering comes from the Audi S3, so it should be quite good fun) and a comfortable ride, even over Cuban roads that look like they have recently been victims of a Blitzkrieg. The Q2 will be available with five different engines, a few petrol and a few diesel, but the one in the video is the 1.4 liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine. They don’t comment on the engine in the video, but the 1.4 TFSI engine has been around for a little while now and it’s a great little motor.
Overall, the new Audi Q2 looks like it could be one of the most fun and interesting little crossovers on the market when it’s released. It’s unfortunate that, at least for now, it will only be available in Europe, because Audi is cruel like that. But if it does ever make it ‘Stateside, it will easily be the most popular crossover of its size.