Audi introduced its edgy Q2 baby SUV early 2017 with a two-prong attack, a petrol engine 1.4 TFSI S and 2.0 TDI diesel Quattro.
The pair have lured many first-time Audi buyers and shot the Q2 to the top of the small-luxo SUV class.
Now the performance model has arrived, the Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro S tronic sport.
Behind the four-ring grille badge sits a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 140 kilowatts and 320 newton metres, pinched from the current Audi A4.
The Audi Q2 Quattro or (Q2Q) is the livewire of the Q2 range. Driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto it reaches 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds and its innovative engine tech results in very frugal fuel usage, just 6.5 litres of 95 RON fuel used for every 100 kilometres it travels.
It’s also crammed full of the latest tech – driver assist, entertainment and safety systems – and luxury appointments.
For a vehicle with the agility of a hot-hatch, the Audi Q2 Quattro has its dirty side and its surefooted MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension together with 147mm ground clearance, lets you go and play in the mud, dust and sand like a pro without ruining the undercarriage or getting stuck.
The new Q2 hero shares the same funky polygonal design theme as its brothers and if you think it’s a good looker in the photos, stop reading and head to your nearest Audi dealer now. Cos, it looks even better in the flesh.
A total of 34 polygons create the single-frame grille and polygonal shapes continue across the bonnet, along the hip line and along its lower body.
The downward sloping roof line fuses with the rear pillar that reminds me of the ‘blade’ on the R8 supercar. The Q2 Quattro rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and wears 3D LED tail lights incorporating strobing rear turn lights.
Inside, the Audi Q2 Quattro interior is ergonomically spot on, superbly finished and appointed. Its surfaces are both luxo sedan tactile and SUV rugged. Colourful anodised aluminium and gloss trim add to its funkiness.
For your $48,500 you get a lot of kit including power windows and mirrors, dual zone air-conditioning, ambient LED lighting 10 colour choices, leather trim, Audi’s smartphone interface, a 10-speaker audio system, in-car Wi-Fi, sat nav with Google earth and street view maps, auto headlights and wipers, parking sensors all round, an 8.3-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth and music streaming plus Apple Car Play and Android auto. All functions are driven by the rotary controller, which also has a scratch pad on top to operate every function easier, without taking your eyes off the road.
You sit low in the Q2, like a car but with a commanding view like an SUV. The best of both worlds. The soft leather seats hold you snuggly and the compact exterior masks a spacious interior that comfortably sits four.
While the flagship Q2Q is a Quattro; most of the time it drives just the front wheels for fuel efficiency. But it flicks to Quattro drive if it detects any slipping and sliding long before you do.
Driving on loose gravel roads littered with ruts and potholes and dodging a herd of wandering cattle, was darn good fun. The Quattro delivered outstanding grip when there was not a whole lot and I felt very assured at the wheel.
Winding sealed roads let the Q2 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic sport show off its dynamic side and frankly it’s bloody amazing how engaging it is. I attacked corners like I was peddling a hot hatch and despite its raised ground clearance it felt very, very composed. The ride was comfortable with just a hint of body roll to effortlessly dispatch bumps, while keeping its sporty persona.
Naturally, the Audi Q2 Quattro has a five-star ANCAP safety rating with its raft of safety technologies. One new feature is the Traffic Jam Assist, that utilises the adaptive cruise control and lane assist to semi-autonomously control the Q2 up to 65km/h.
If you are looking for a funky compact SUV that’s equally at home in the city as the country, is hot-hatch fun to drive, beautifully made, well-appointed and a great all-rounder for around 50 grand, put the Audi A2 Quattro at the top of your list.
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