Audi Q2 Review

Gumtree Rating

4.0 rating

After ten years or so working its way into the market for larger SUVs, Audi launched its first micro-SUV in 2016. The Q2 combines compact dimensions with the lavish interior and build quality Audi is famed for. It’s proved a winning combination for the German manufacturer, with the Q2 becoming its third best-selling car after the A1 and A3. If you want to combine the manoeuvrability of a European hatchback with the high ride of an SUV, the Audi Q2 offers the opportunity to do that in style.

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What we think about the Audi Q2

The Q2 combines the practicality of a small car with the attitude of an SUV, all presented in a quality package typical of Audi.

Pros

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Fun to drive

+

Funky looks

+

Plush interior

+

Excellent resale value

Cons

Overly firm ride

Less roomy than similarly priced SUVs

Clumsy multimedia controls

The Q2 is available in a choice of five trims, from the entry-level Technik to the high-end Vorsprung. The stripped-back Technik comes with 16-inch wheels, a dashtop screen and air conditioning. It’s not much of an outlay to upgrade to the Sport, with its bigger wheels, signature silver C-pillars and sports seats.

Driving performance of the Audi Q2

Our Driving Rating8 / 10

The Q2 looks fun to drive, and it doesn’t disappoint. It feels agile and athletic, with the 1.0-litre 30 TFSI engine providing adequate acceleration for most situations. Upgrade to the 35 TFSI 1.5-litre engine and it will feel punchier, delivering a combination of performance and fuel economy. Turbo lag can make it a little sluggish off the mark – if this is a concern then the 40 TFSI 2.0-litre engine is worth considering instead. One drawback is the relatively firm ride, which can shake you around on pockmarked roads. The upside to this suspension is it prevents the high body leaning too much around corners.

Safety and reliability of the Audi Q2

Our Safety Rating7 / 10

Auto emergency braking (AEB), front and rear parking sensors and a high-res reversing camera are standard across the range. Go for the Assistance Package and you’ll get a lot more safety features, including lane departure warning, active cruise control and auto-dipping high beams, as well as auto parking and hill hold assist. The Audi Q2 was awarded the maximum five stars from Euro NCAP in 2016, with an impressive 93% adult occupant safety rating and 86% for children. In terms of reliability, the Q2 is fairly average, with some of its rivals boasting a better reputation.

Under the bonnet of the Audi Q2

Our Engine Rating8 / 10

Buyers have a choice of petrol or diesel engines, manual or automatic transmissions and front-wheel or quattro drive. The entry-level 30 TFSI petrol engine thrums a bit at high revs, with the four-cylinder 35 TFSI feeling smoother. The diesel 35 TFSI packs 148 bhp and is noisier, but it’s still quieter than rivals such as the Kia Stonic and Renault Captur. It offers more pull at low revs, making for easy overtaking. The diesel is marginally quicker to accelerate than the petrol engine, doing 0-60 in 8.2 seconds against the 1.5-litre petrol engine’s 8.6.

What you'll find in the Audi Q2

Our Design Rating8 / 10

The Q2 saw Audi strike out in a new direction design-wise and – let’s be honest – they nailed it. The car looks fun and funky, breaking Audi’s usual business-like mould. The polygonal beltline down the sides, squared-off rear and roof spoiler create a sporty look. The stepped grille, square light clusters and two-tone roof all help it stand out. Although it’s not been around for very long, the Q2 has already had a number of facelifts, most recently in 2020, with a more aggressive grille and LED headlights made standard.

Comfort and interiors in the Audi Q2

Our Comfort Rating6 / 10

There’s one drawback with shrinking an SUV down to this size – space inside inevitably gets tight. The Q2 seems to be primarily geared towards two regular occupants. The roofline and legroom in the back mean it’s not a great family car for anyone with growing kids to ferry around. However, the driving position will work for drivers of all shapes and sizes, the steering wheel has a great range of movement, and front seats are four-way adjustable. The quality is up to Audi’s usual standards, with soft-touch surfaces and buttons offering a satisfying click, though it doesn’t have the wow factor of the new A1 or Q3.

Red Audi Q2 interior dashboard

What features you'll find in the Audi Q2

Our Features Rating8 / 10

Many of the features available are optional extras even in the top-spec Q2. Trick it out with all these, however, and it still comes in cheaper than a comparably specced BMW X2, one of its main rivals. Options include heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Technik package adds a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster, 8.2-inch multimedia screen and flat-bottomed steering wheel. The S-Line and Black Edition trims come with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Audi Q2

Our Fuel Consumption Rating7 / 10

The Volkswagen group engines help the Audi Q2 deliver reasonable fuel economy, with the 1.0 TFSI turbo three cylinder offering a claimed 47.1 mpg, and the 1.5-litre with manual gearbox delivering 44.8 mpg, while emitting 142 g/km of CO2. The latter engine uses cylinder-on-demand technology, saving fuel by shutting down two of its four cylinders when cruising. The most economical models are the diesels, in particular the 1.6-litre TDI.

Running costs of the Audi Q2

Our Cost Rating7 / 10

Audi’s three-year, unlimited mileage warranty matches its rival BMW, but is outdone by Mercedes’ five-year offering. Volkswagen covers many of the same components with the five-year warranty on its T-Roc, so the Q2 isn’t the most competitive here. Insurance groups range from 14E for an entry-level Q2 1.6 TDI, to 28E for a showy 1.5-litre TFSI Vorsprung (the sporty SQ2 model pushes up into group 37E). As a desirable model, the Q2 should hold its value well, justifying its higher price against some of its competitors.

Our verdict of the Audi Q2

4.0 rating

4 / 5 Gumtree rating

The Audi Q2 is great fun to look at and to drive. While the ride can be a little harsh, it offers a good-value premium SUV experience for singles or couples.