Audi Q2 Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jul 09, 2020
Buying a new car is exciting, but it can also become a daunting experience for some. In truth, since you are thinking of spending a huge amount of cash to buy the best one for yourself, arriving at the right decision becomes difficult, to say the least. With the ever-increasing popularity for SUVs, there are all kinds of vehicles available and you naturally want to stand out from the crowd.
Compact and posh SUVs are attractive to the eye, for those who go for style rather than size. These vehicles may not be the best for those off-roading trips, but they do a good job on the road. That being said, the new Audi Q2 has managed to deliver well with its lineup of compact SUVs, giving serious competition to the likes of the Mercedes GLA and the BMW X2.
Small SUVs have been around for some time, almost all the major car manufacturing companies frequently unveiling new models each year. So, what makes the Q2 special? A couple of things in fact. It offers a proper posh badge as well as combining compact dimensions. The Audi Q2 is the smallest in size in the Q series, with the size increasing with each of the Q3, Q4, Q5, Q7 and Q8 models.
You can choose from the different colors that the Q2 comes in, which include Glacier White, Tango Red, Floret Silver, Mythos Black, Vegas Yellow, Coral Orange, and Nano Grey
But do not let the size doubt the engine performance that the car brings with it. The overall specifications and the interior are world-class, only what you have come to expect from any Audi vehicle. It is basically designed as a front-wheel-drive and these are the trim levels that we discuss further on, but the Audi Q2 Quattro comes equipped with an all-wheel-drive, a somewhat different variant and deserves an altogether different reviews article.
Good news and bad news. The good thing is that the Audi Q2 2019 comes with dozens of engine options for you to choose from. That also makes browsing through each of them hectic and confusing, and you might take time to arrive at a decision. We list down some of the trim models in detail:
30 and 35 TFSI Technik 5dr:
This is the entry-level variant with the bare features including Cruise Control, air-conditioning system and 16-inch alloy wheels. It has a petrol engine, manual transmission and 116 bhp power output from the 30 and 150 bhp from the 35.
30 and 35 TFSI Sport 5dr:
Also known as the Audi Q2 Sport, this model uses the same petrol engine and manual transmission, five doors and 116 bhp and 150 bhp power for the 30 and 35, respectively. It adds satellite navigation, sportier front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.
40 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic:
The Audi Q2 40 TFSI has an improved petrol engine and a semi-auto transmission. It outputs an impressive 190 bhp of power for those looking for extra performance. It also features leather sports seats, LED highlights, ambient interior lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Performance and Specifications:
The base 30 TFSI is equipped with a modest 1.0-liter petrol engine that provides surprisingly good acceleration on a straight road or the motorway but does struggle when things get uphill. If you fear that this will be a problem for you, you can always go for the 1.5-liter 35 TFSI trim which considerably improves the engine performance, or for the top of the line 2.0-liter 40 TFSI model which has some unbelievable stats, believe me.
The Audi Q2 2020 has a firm and almost rigid suspension, and you would hardly feel any lean when turning corners. The overall suspension and road grip is never going to let you down, even on a country road. Audi also adds progressive steering to all Q2 versions, so that turning the vehicle becomes easier than ever before.
The Audi Q2 is a fairly silent car, even though the engine sound from the 30 TFSI may be disconcerting for some. Nonetheless, inside the cabin when you are cruising on the highway, you barely hear any outside noise which makes it a relatively relaxing car to take on long journeys. The comfortable and adjustable seats also help.
If you go for the versions with a six-speed manual transmission, you will be delighted with the slick and slight gearbox and the springy clutch. Even if you are driving through traffic, the manual transmission is enjoyable. Alas, the same confidence cannot be expected of the dual-clutch S Tronic transmission, which lacks the agility to respond when you touch the accelerator.
Let us start with the driver’s position. Both the driving seat and steering wheel offer adjustment options so that should not be a problem. The seats are specially made to provide support to shoulders and thighs, making it ideal for long journeys.
The dashboard is more or less the traditional Audi style, with an effective placement and marking of all the switches and buttons. The infotainment is one of the best that you will see in a small SUV, and supports Bluetooth, USB port and a DAB radio.
Many small SUVs are meant to be used as family cars, and naturally, there should be a huge stress on the safety features. Audi Q2 lives up to the challenge and made the Q2 one of the safest compact SUVs available today, earning a five-star rating from NCAP, their highest.
There are various airbags for both the driver and all the passengers, including two rear child seat mounting points. Other safety features include Autonomous emergency braking, Audi Side Assist which is basically a blind-spot warning system when changing lanes, and a reversing camera.
You might argue that the Audi Q2 price is higher than the alternate options available in the same class, but it is still a good buy. The exterior is classy with sharp looks and a robust appearance, and all the German technology encompasses the reliable engine and the excellent interior.