Small Q, big coup: The Audi Q2 in new top form

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Times flies  –  can you believe it has been four years since the funky Audi Q2 was launched? Audi has now refreshed the car, giving the exterior a more distinctive profile with striking details as part of three different trim lines – Standard, Advanced and S Line.

The Audi design team have now applied the motif of the polygon. What does that mean? According to Google, the term “polygon” are angular shapes that are flat with three or four sides.

If you compared the previous Q2 bumpers to the new ones, you would notice an integrated angular diffuser insert with large pentagons on both sides. The front bumper has also been modified too –  the surfaces below the headlights now have a more distinctive shape. The large, implied air inlets, which are also pentagonal, also appear even more expressive, especially in the S Line trim line. The octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower than before, making the front section appear wider.

Basically, the Q2 looks bolder with more road presence.

There are also five new colours: Apple Green and Manhattan Grey, Navarra Blue, Arrow Grey and Turbo Blue are newly available. The blades on the C-pillars are painted either in body colour or designed in silver, grey or black (depending on the trim line or package selected).

Even in the standard version, the revised Q2 features LED headlights, and Audi will install the new Matrix LED headlights upon request. For the rear lights, Audi offers a version with LED technology (only on Advanced and S Line models). If the Matrix LED headlights are on board, the dynamic turn signal is also included.

The spacious interior of the Audi Q2 accommodates five passengers, while the luggage compartment holds a decent 405 litres, expanding to 1,050 litres when the rear seat backs are folded down. If you like a tailgate that opens and closes electrically, you can get that as an option. 

A nice touch for customers who order the contour ambient lighting package is that they can choose from ten colours to add visual lighting personality to the interior of the new Audi Q2. As part of this package, the decorative inserts within the cabin can light up as well.

The range in terms of displays and infotainment is structured in two levels in the Q2. An analogue instrument with a colour display comes as standard. The top-of-the-line version is the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch diagonal, which forms part of the Technology Package and includes Audi smartphone interface and MMI navigation plus; is operated via the rotary push button on the centre tunnel (MMI touch) or via natural-language voice control.

 

Audi offers four distinct local equipment packages which bundle certain features:

Comfort Package: electric tailgate; 4-way lumbar support; seat heaters in front; storage and luggage Audi MediaInfo compartment package with two rear USBs.

Tech Package: MMI navigation plus; Audi smartphone interface; Audi virtual cockpit.

Black styling package: only available on the Advanced and S Line models and includes Singleframe in black; front and rear bumper trims in black; exterior mirrors in black; side blade in black; 19-inch 10-spoke Y style wheels in black; sports suspension.

S line interior package: only available on the Advanced and S line models and includes decorative inserts in matte brushed aluminium; S line emblems; headliner in black fabric; interior aluminium look; pedal and footrest in stainless steel; scuff plates with aluminium inserts in front and illuminated with “S” logo as well.  

The Audi Q2 is a sporty, compact SUV. Its standard equipment includes the progressive steering, which becomes more and more direct the further the driver turns the steering wheel. It thereby ensures excellent handling while manoeuvring and a great driving experience on winding roads.

The sport suspension lowers the body by 10 millimetres (standard with the S Line model). The Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables the driver to configure the drive, steering assistance and other systems in five modes: auto, efficiency, comfort, dynamic and individual.

Locally, Audi is keeping things simple with one engine offering – the 1.4 TFSI that powers the Q2 35 TFSI has an output of 110 kW and produces 250 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.8 seconds; its peak is 213 km/h. The vehicle is fitted with an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox.

 

The standard trim line includes: 16-inch wheels and the blade in body colour.

The Advanced trim line includes: 17-inch wheels; blade in Manhattan Grey; bumper in contrasting paint (grey finish); LED rear lights; sports seats and index fabric upholstery.

The S Line includes: 18-inch wheels; blade in Platinum Grey; bumper in full paint finish; LED rear lights; sports seats; index fabric upholstery and sports suspension.

 

Pricing

Audi Q2 35 TFSI R545,500

Audi Q2 35 TFSI Advanced R567,500

Audi Q2 35 TFSI S line R581,500 Audi MediaInfo

 

Service and warranty

The Q2 is sold with a 5-year 100 000km maintenance plan.

www.audi.co.za

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