SQ2

A real powerhouse

A more grown-up hot hatch, the Audi SQ2 combines performance with everyday practicality

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SQ2

Need to know

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The Audi SQ2 offers a very similar engine to the S3 hot hatchback, developing 296bhp, and allowing for a rapid 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds.

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Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system ensures the SQ2 can be used and enjoyed all year round, regardless of the season

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Flagship Vorsprung versions come filled with gadgets and features, including a panoramic sunroof and Bang & Olufsen sound system.

SQ2 range

Black Edition

  • 19" '10-Y-spoke' design alloy wheels

  • S Sport suspension, lowered by 20mm

  • SONOS premium sound system

  • Black Audi rings and logos

  • Flat-bottomed Sport steering wheel

Vorsprung

  • 19" '5-double-spoke' design alloy wheels

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery

  • Matrix headlights

  • Adaptive cruise assist

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Given the desirability of Audi’s Q2 SUV, a sportier version of this compact model is only even more appealing. The pace and the way the SQ2 can get up to speed is nothing short of fantastic and would leave certain sports cars behind. Combine that with the regular Q2’s upmarket interior, generous equipment levels and smart design and the SQ2 is a true performance crossover for every occasion.


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Design

Based on the regular Audi Q2, the SQ2 is designed to offer all-round usability combined with impressive pace. An ideal everyday performance car, the SQ2 might be relatively compact, but it offers plenty of space. 

Recent updates have only improved the SQ2’s design, which now receives a more striking look. The grille has been lowered, helping to make it look wider when out on the road, while larger air intakes help to give it a more muscular profile.

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Audi’s ‘S’ models are deliberately some of the most subtle performance cars around, and the SQ2 is very effective in this area. The ‘S’ badging on it is discreet, while the overall profile is very similar to the standard Q2.

Audi SQ2

Look closer, however, and you’ll spot the larger brakes and S-branded callipers, while at the rear there are purposeful quad exhaust pipes – they’re all real, too. The choice of trim levels ensures there’s something to suit all as well, from the Black Edition SQ2 model, which offers gloss black trims, through to more aggressive Vorsprung trim level which adopts a stealthier look. 

Tech

Even as standard, the SQ2 gets a decent amount of technology, with Audi’s superb 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is fully customisable, being a real highlight. An 8.3-inch MMI Navigation display is also included, bringing 3D route mapping, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and voice recognition. 

But if you love tech, it has to be the flagship Vorsprung version that you go for, and it’s the level of driver assistance technology that is especially impressive. Matrix LED headlights are newly introduced, and feature individual LED elements that shut off to avoid blinding other road users, yet can maximise vision as you can leave them on full beam. The SQ2 is even able to autonomously steer you into a parking space, while a rear cross-traffic alert can put on the brakes if it thinks you’re about to reverse into something.


Audi SQ2

Engines & Performance

Sitting at the top of the Audi SQ2 ladder, the SQ2 uses a powerful 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, which produces a healthy 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. A seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox is utilised, while Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is used, preventing plenty of traction, whatever the weather. 

Several other performance technologies are also adopted with the SQ2, such as a ‘valvelift system’ that can optimise exhaust gas flow to the turbocharger, enhancing responsiveness. Sports suspension also gives the SQ2 a more dynamic feel and sits 20mm lower than the regular car.

Audi SQ2

Statistics

Nearly 300bhp is a lot of power in a car that’s relatively compact like the SQ2, and it means its performance is particularly brisk. Accelerating from 0-60mph takes just 4.7 seconds, while the SQ2’s top speed is capped at 155mph, where permitted. 

For a performance SUV, it doesn’t fare too badly on the fuel economy front either, returning 34mpg with CO2 emissions of 188g/km, according to Audi’s official figures.

0-60 mph

4.7 seconds

Top speed

155mph

CO2 emissions

188g/km

All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery).