Audi Q2 Family Complete

Audi’s premium compact SUV class entrant, the Q2, arrived here in February 2017.

Audi’s premium compact SUV class entrant, the Q2, arrived here in February 2017. The first even-numbered model in Audi’s ‘Q’ family of SUVs and Audi’s first entrant into this market segment, the Q2 debuted with two model lines, the 1.4-litre TFSI front-drive, or a 2.0-litre TDI Quattro version.

Now, the third and latest member of the family has arrived, to satisfy those buyers after a more sporty and powerful petrol model with Quattro all-wheel-drive. The newcomer uses a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, as used in the A3.

The new model’s 2.0-litre TFSI turbo-petrol engine delivers claimed outputs of 140kW at 4200 – 6000rpm, and 320Nm at 1500 – 4200rpm. That’s 30kW up on either of the other engines, and 70 Nm of extra torque compared to the 1.4-litre petrol engine. The turbo-diesel still eclipses the new petrol models torque figure by 20Nm, though the new engine offers its maximum over a wider rev range than the oiler. Audi claim the 2.0-litre TFSI dispatches the 0 – 100kph sprint in 6.5 seconds – a full two seconds ahead of the entry-level petrol model and 1.6 seconds clear of the diesel.

Claimed combined fuel consumption for the new model is 6.5 litres/100km with CO₂ outputs of 148g/km. The new power-plant drives through a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch auto gearbox, thence to Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. The gearbox can be left in normal drive mode to self-shift with efficiency in mind, flicked to Sport mode for sportier automatic shifting, or manually shifted via the gear-lever or steering wheel mounted paddles.

Inside an AUDI Q2 Family Complete

Where the entry model petrol comes in the Design specification, the turbo-diesel and now the new 2.0-litre petrol are equipped to the more generous Sport specification. Amongst the standard kit you’ll find 18” alloys, sports front seats, leather appointed seat upholstery, MMI navigation system, Audi smartphone interface and connect services with Wi Fi hotspot, 2-zone climate control, tyre pressure monitoring, Audi pre-sense city with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic assist, blind-spot lane change warning, cruise control with speed limiter, rear-view camera, park sensors front and rear, electric tailgate, spacesaver spare, and LED headlights, LED tail-lights and dynamic indicators. The new model comes to market with a manufacturer’s list price of $48,500, cheaper than the existing 2.0-litre diesel model.

Buyers will have a choice of 12 exterior paint finishes including Coral Orange (an exclusive colour to Q2) and the new Daytona Grey pearl effect. Brilliant Black or Ibis White are the only two ‘no cost’ paint options. Other colours will add between $800 and $1750 to the price, depending on actual colour chosen.

LED headlights (instead of halogen headlamps), LED tail-lights and dynamic indicators, all optional equipment previously, are now standard across the Q2 range for model year 2018.

Those wishing to ‘personalise’ their Q2 are, as you would expect, well catered for with plentiful stand-alone options and equipment ‘packs’. Amongst the optional gear there’s something to suit most tastes. Those after a sportier look or feel might consider sports suspension (10mm lower, $400), or Audi Drive Select and adaptive dampers ($1500). For others, the Technik Pack ($2500) that includes Audi’s virtual cockpit – a fully configurable instrument cluster with 12.3” hi-res colour display, will be attractive. If driver assistance technology appeals, then the Assistance Package ($990 on the new model) has you covered. It includes adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping assist, high beam assist, and a self-park system.

The Q2 family looks to be complete, at least for now, with a hot-shot S or RS version, as found in the other Q product ranges, not scheduled for release in Australia. Lisa Heyne, product planning executive at Audi Australia, indicated that an S or RS model wasn’t currently sold into European markets, but Audi Australia would be happy to consider adding such a model into the local mix, if it became available. Reports trickling out of Europe though, suggest Audi is well advanced working on and testing such a model. So, we will have to watch and wait.