The Audi Q2 showcases its new top form

Four years ago, Audi put a trendsetter on the road with the Q2, and it was a huge success. The compact SUV has now received a face lift and its progressive character and striking looks are more noticeable than ever before.

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The exterior design

The Audi Q2 is a compact SUV with a strong confident appearance, its character is reflected in its sporty, elongated and powerful body line. The Q2 is now a few millimetres longer, measuring 4.21 meters (13.8 ft), while the width (1.79 meters (5.9 ft)) and height (1.54 meters (5.1 ft)) have remained the same. ​The drag coefficient of 0.31 (with sport suspension) is a top-of-the-range value in the segment.​ The bumper has an integrated diffuser insert with large five-sided polygons and the motif of the polygon, which already characterised the front and shoulder line have now also been applied to the rear end. In addition to this, the front has also been modified, with the surfaces below the headlights emerging in a more striking manner. ​The front section appears wider as the octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower. The advanced and S line equipment lines feature narrow slits between the radiator grille and the hood that are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro, an icon of the brand​. 

The colour palette of the compact SUV contains five new colours. New with the Q2 are Manhattan grey, Navarra blue, arrow grey, and turbo blue and Apple green is celebrating its premiere with Audi. The blades on the C-pillars are painted in vehicle colour or kept in black, grey, and silver shades, depending on the equipment line. There is a choice of three versions for the attachments in the lower section of the body: Pitted black in the basic version, Manhattan grey in the advanced line, and vehicle colour in the S line​. 

LED headlights now come as standard in the Audi Q2, and Matrix LED headlights are available as an option. Seven individual LEDs seated in a shared module produce an intelligently controlled high beam light. It always illuminates the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. Ten light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components generate the daytime running light, while seven further LEDs generate the dynamic turn signal light in addition.

For the reversing lights, customers can choose between two LED versions – with or without dynamic turn signal. If the Matrix LED headlights are on board, the dynamic turn signal comes as standard at the rear end as well. In addition, the headlights and rear lights draw attention to the new Q2 with light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.

Interior and equipment

The Audi Q2 accommodates five passengers with its spacious interior. The interior design echoes the taut design language of their exterior. The air vents and the gear lever knob, or selector lever of the S tronic, have a new design. Customers can order the interior S line instead of the basic variant, and both interior versions can be combined freely with the three exterior variants. With the optional ambient lighting package plus, the trim strip on the instrument panel and the knee pads on the centre console feature elegant back lighting.

The Alcantara material will be replaced by Dinamica microfibre. The upholstery and colours have been put into seven packages, four of which are assigned to the basic interior and three to the S line interior. Optional equipment is also bundled into packages, which Audi believe provides a better overview during the configuration. Whether it is climate control, comfort, function, interior, infotainment, or assist systems: All packages have been compiled such that they accommodate the customers’ wishes. Audi will roll out this strategy in all model series in the future and adjust them to the respective preferences in the important global markets. The optional equipment of the Q2 includes sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, a height-adjustable front passenger seat, two-zone automatic air conditioning, and auxiliary heating. The luggage compartment of the compact SUV can handle an unchanged 405 litres (14.3 cu ft), expanding to 1,050 litres (37.1 cu ft) when the rear seat backs are folded down. A power tailgate and a trailer hitch are available as options.

Sporty and agile

Regardless of specification, the compact Q2 is an agile SUV. Comfortable yet well controlled suspension with a standard set-up is common to all versions except the Vorsprung models, which come with adaptive damping and sport tuning, while progressive steering is fitted without exception, its response becoming increasingly direct as the steering movement increases to optimise handling and vehicle dynamics during manoeuvring and on winding roads. On rougher terrain ground clearance of almost 15 centimetres and Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) with an integrated off-road mode also serve the compact SUV well.

Digital world

The range in terms of operation and displays is also structured in several levels. It extends from an analog instrument cluster and the MMI radio plus with DAB+ to the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch diagonal and MMI navigation plus with an 8.3-inch display. It is operated via a rotary pushbutton on the center tunnel console (MMI touch) or via a natural language voice control system. Modules such as the Audi phone box in two versions round off the hardware program. The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System, which drives 14 loudspeakers with an output of 705 watts, is unique in the small SUV segment.

MMI navigation plus includes an LTE module for fast data transmission and a Wi-Fi hotspot, which the passengers can use to connect their mobile devices. The top infotainment system introduces the Audi connect services into the Q2, including online traffic information. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are new additions. They allow you to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel fill level and range, for example. To do this, you can use the free myAudi app on your smartphone. Customers who wish to deactivate the transfer of data can activate the new privacy mode in the MMI system.