The Audi Q2 is the four-ringed brand’s latest entry into the compact crossover market, going up against cars like the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class and Nissane Juke (though much more the former than the latter). Built on the VW Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) architecture, the very same architecture than underpins the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf, the Q2 is now the smallest SUV in Audi’s range.
Being so small, the Audi Q2 isn’t designed to be the most utilitarian or rugged SUV, nor is it designed to be a serious off-roader. What Audi was shooting for with the Q2 was a compact and fun driving experience for young drivers with an active lifestyle and young families. Audi also wanted to inject a bit of sportiness and just a touch of ruggedness, things we think Audi did quite successfully.
The Audi Q2 is available with a variety of different diesel engines, with the tiny 114 hp 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine being the lowest-spec engine and the 190 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine topping the range off. There will also be a suite of diesel engines in between for the fuel-sippers. The Audi Q2 also has the option of adjustable dampers as well as 19″ wheels. As standard, the Q2 gets the brand-new Audi S3’s steering rack, which gives it sharp steering that’s both nicely waited and very direct. The steering is also progressive, meaning small wheel motions at high speed don’t do much, to keep things stable, but do a lot at parking-lot speeds to make navigating tight spaces easier.
In this new video from Carwow, Mat Watson tests the Audi Q2 and claims it to be a good car for young people with a relatively active lifestyle who want something that looks good, is practical and nice to drive. He isn’t too bit on the styling, but admits that it’s polarizing looks are subjective. Watson says that interior materials are good for its price range, its technology is impressive and its steering is very good. However, the cool-looking D-pillar creates a big blindspot and it’s ride can be a bit harsh without the adaptive dampers.
Overall, it seems that the Audi Q2 is exactly what we thought it would be — a fun, stylish car for young families who have an active lifestyle. Did we think the Q2 would change the world and be the best small crossover we’ve ever seen? No and it hasn’t. However, in its class with the Mercedes GLA and Nissan Juke, we don’t see any other car being a better buy than the Audi Q2.