New Audi Q2 (2021): A compact SUV made up of ifs and buts

It is an ungrateful profession, that of a car designer. Once your creation is ready for production, a facelift will start again. After all, the model must remain fresh and fruity on the retina in the coming years, otherwise the buying public will lose interest. We have welcomed the Audi Q2 in 2016; the compact SUV is now about halfway through its career. However, a major metamorphosis was not a dire necessity. The cosmetic changes are limited to a wider grille, new bumpers and retouched light clusters. LED headlights are now standard. Inside, Audi uses more recycled materials without compromising the quality experience. New paint colors and wheels round off the facelift.

The Audi Q2 is actually too small

The rejuvenation treatment entails 2 centimeters extra length. The Q2 now measures 4.21 meters from bumper to bumper. The width remained unchanged: 1.79 meters. These sizes make Audi’s entry-level SUV one of the smaller cars in its class, but it claims its position in traffic with a confident look. Despite this manpower, things are going to be very tight with four people on board. Even for a young family with growing children, the Audi Q2 is actually too small. Stretching your legs and spreading your arms without physical contact with your fellow occupants is not an option. The trunk houses no more than 405 to 1050 liters of luggage.

If we look at the safety equipment, Audi will please you with standard LED headlights, rear parking assistance and Pre Sense Front. This system closely scans the area in front of the car and intervenes if the disaster is too close. Items such as matrix LED headlights, a high beam assistant, traffic sign recognition, lane assistant, adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera (or extended parking assistance) and blind spot warning are available at an additional cost or are part of a more expensive equipment variant.

The multimedia system of the Audi Q2 is completely up-to-date, but here too you must at least choose the Business Edition to be able to use the online functions within the standard MMI Navigation Plus. Then you get the beautiful digital Virtual Cockpit. A smartphone interface is already included in the simpler equipped basic version Pro Line.

Not a mild hybrid technology

On the Dutch market, the renewed Q2 will initially only be available with the well-known 150 hp 1.5 TFSI engine with cylinder deactivation. In terms of transmission, the choice is between a manual six-speed gearbox or a seven-speed DSG transmission. The engine is without doubt a pleasant performer, propelling the Q2 to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds. The WLTP consumption of the version with manual gearbox is a neat 5.8 liters per 100 kilometers (1 in 17.2). Later, the Audi Q2 30 TFSI (110 hp), the sporty Audi SQ2 with 300 hp two-liter turbo engine, and the Q2 30 TDI with 116 hp on diesel will appear. The economical mild hybrid technology ignores the facelifted face of the Q2.

Audi did not have to pay much attention to the driving characteristics of the Q2. With Audi Drive Select in Sport, the Q2 is as manly as it looks. The progressive steering, which becomes increasingly direct as you turn the wheel further, makes a positive contribution. What hasn’t changed is the ambitious pricing. The Audi Q2 35 TFSI is available from 36,520 euros, but you prefer the more fully equipped Business Edition. You only have to set aside at least 38,330 euros for this.

Audi Q2 (2021): A compact SUV made up of ifs and buts


The Audi Q2 is certainly not the cheapest, and certainly not the most spacious in its class. What is he then? Well, just: a very nice and tough appearance that steers very nicely around the corner. Nothing has changed with this facelift.

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