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Audi Q2 2021 Overview
Here is a car that has been a long time coming, and it is the Audi Q2. And in Europe, it has been around for ages. But, hey, better late than never. It is finally here in India. Promises to offer something truly unique in the luxury car space.
What is it like well, read more to find out? Well, as the name suggests, it is an Audi SUV one size down from a Q3. And if you are thinking, hmm, then what are its traditional rivals, the answer is it does not have any.
Audi Q2 Exterior
It is a small luxury crossover that is 4.2 meters long. It is even shorter than the luxury hatchbacks that used to be, sold here. Like, the Mercedes A-class and the BMW 1 series. The advantage, of course, is that the Audi Q2 offers a higher ground clearance than a crossover. And it certainly is a crossover with a shape and proportions more akin to a high-riding hatchback.
Audi Q2 Dimensions
|Boot Space (litre)||405|
|Fuel Tank (litres)||55|
Then a boxy SUV, and while car designers can often get this sort of shape wrong. Audi has nailed it. It also does not follow the design template of its bigger Q siblings and has a distinct style all of its own.
- The strong shoulder line,
- Gently bulging wheel arches,
- Blacked out c-pillars,
- And raked rear,
- Windscreen draw your gaze,
It has a wide rectangular nose with plenty of trapezoidal details. Like, the grille, Headlights, And the lower air dam.
But what do you think about the Audi Q2?
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Audi Q2 Interior
A big highlight of any Audi is always its interior.
Now, here on the inside is where this car’s edge starts to show. It is a last-generation Audi interior but is that a bad thing. You see, it’s got a clean design, and it’s of very, very high quality.
The design of the dash reminds you of the Audi TT sports car. With its rotary click to shut vents, the soft feel dash, nerd chrome switchgear. And the general fit and finish are right up there with the bigger Audi’s. And you’ve got to love the snakeskin-like dash trim that lights up at night with the Quattro logo.
You also get virtual cockpit digital dials, which are still some of the best in the business. Thanks to their clean, well-thought-out design. However, this one being of an older generation. It isn’t quite as slick or sharp as the newer versions.
Forget the fancy dual MMI touch screens that you get in the likes of the A6, A8, and Q8. You get a single screen here, and well, it’s not even a touchscreen. You have to use Audi’s old MMI click wheel. That is an easy interface to use. But you don’t get that wow factor that you get from newer Audi’s.
And while we’re here, a quick word on equipment. While the Audi Q2 does get few important goodies like a
- Large sunroof wireless,
- Mobile charging
- And the aforementioned digital dials
There are some things I feel should have been included in the list like, Powered front seats with heating or ventilation.
The Audi Q2 is not a car for the chauffeur-driven. But you would be surprised to find that there is a decent amount of knee room and headroom back here. If you are over six feet tall, then you should be okay.
Things I’m not such a fan of are the fact that this backrest is upright. The seat squab isn’t the longest, and the window is high and small. Which makes you feel a little bit hemmed in. But other than that the seat is quite comfortable.
Another interesting points to note are the fact that there are no AC vents in the back. But then this is not a very big car. And though the USB ports in the front are of the standard variety, the ones back here are USB type C.
The boot is well-shaped and easy to load, and you get a decent 405 liters. That is more than enough for a weekend excursion. And so you don’t get stranded with a puncture. There is also a space-saver spare tire well.
Audi Q2 Engine Specs
You might remember when the Audi A3, Q3, and even the A4 used to get a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine. This one, this smaller car, uses a 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine, no downsizing here.
|Engine Type||Turbo Petrol|
|Transmission||7-speed dual-clutch automatic|
It seems Audi may have learned its lesson from the last time with 190 horsepower and 320 nm of torque. It’s a familiar engine powering everything from the VW Tiguan all space to the Skoda Superb. But this is stuffed into the Audi Q2 that weighs just 1.4 tons. Well, you’re in for quite a treat.
But before you go racing after the redline, know that this engine is also, really, good in everyday usage. There are that smoothness and refinement that’s typical of a TFSI turbo petrol engine. And the best part is combined with the seven-speed DSG gearbox.
It can take on two different characters. Just depending on how aggressively you punch down your right foot. Drive it gently, and it responds in kind, with seamless shifts. And creamy smooth power delivery.
However, in comfort or efficiency modes, the gearbox can get caught out. If you surprise it with a sudden kick down, and it can be reluctant to shift down at times. However, things get a lot more agreeable if you turn up the wick.
It holds revs to the 6500 rpm redline, and it enjoys revving this engine. There is a lot of performance here. In fact, in a preliminary run with our Vbox testing gear, 0-100 kph came up in just 8.08 seconds. And in the proper testing conditions, we have no doubt it would have been quicker.
And that’s helped not only by the fact that this car has a quick-shifting DSG automatic gearbox. But also because it has Quattro all-wheel-drive. Yes, they’ve thrown everything at the Q2 apart from helping you do quicker launches. Quattro also has its benefits in added grip and particularly on loose surfaces like a rural trail.
And should you encounter a rough road?
The suspension has you covered. Now, if you go over a rough patch of road. Yes, you can feel a little bit of that firmness that Europeans set up in the suspension. But because there’s enough ground clearance on this car. You don’t mind driving over potholes and bad patches. It gives you a little bit more peace of mind. Even high-speed stability is very good for such a compact car.
And you get that tough germanic feeling of confidence from behind the wheel. But with all that performance, could it also be a fun handler.
Now yes, we’ve said this many times before, but Audi’s steerings are nothing to write home about. and that’s true here too, but this time at least it’s allied to a very, very good chassis.
The Audi Q2 is compact. The suspension is in European spec. It has not been softened, for India or anything like that. So, there is good body control that means it does not roll much in corners. And you can lean into the suspension in a Bend.
Audi Q2 Price In India
So should you buy one?
Well, at an expected price of 35 lakh rupees ex-showroom. The fully imported Q2 isn’t for those looking for value for money. It is targeted at self-driven owners. Who wants Audi levels of luxury in a compact package with the high riding practicality of a crossover.
|Audi Q2 Prices||EX-SHOWROOM, INDIA|
|Variants||Price (in lakh)|
|Audi Q2 Standard||Rs 34.99 lakh|
|Audi Q2 Premium||Rs 40.89 lakh|
|Audi Q2 Premium Plus I||Rs 44.64 lakh|
|Audi Q2 Premium Plus II||Rs 45.14 lakh|
|Audi Q2 Technology||Rs 48.89 lakh|
But they will also get an added dose of excitement thanks to the peppy petrol. And relatively lightweight and an agile handler from behind the wheel. Perhaps it could have been better equipped. the interior is showing its age, and some might not like the fact that this is not the facelifted version. That will soon go on sale in Europe. But what you are getting with the Audi Q2 is something truly unique. A new and interesting entry point to the Audi brand that it has no competition.
Do you know what this car feels like?
It feels like a proper hot hatchback, just one that happens to have more ground clearance. it’s got a
- Nice taut chassis,
- Decent steering
- It’s got loads of power
- And it’s really, really compact
In fact, I’d go as far as saying in the real world on our small bumpy narrow roads. This is the most fun, Audi, to drive.