By Patrick James on 2017-09-29 - The author has been a motoring writer for more than 16 years. Formerly motoring editor at the Coventry Telegraph, he now produces motoring copy, on new car launches and road tests on a freelance basis.
Audi Q2 2.0 TDi
quattro S Line S
YOU could never accuse Audi of not having all the angles covered.
The range is mind-boggling, offering literally something for everyone, from the top-notch supermini A1 right up to the fire-breathing supercar the R8.
The firm's latest crossover offering, the Q2, is that latest in the numbers game which saw the firm's probably least successful digit the A2.
The Q2 however is a whole new ballgame. Sitting just below the Q3, it offers space, practicality, economical engines and, generally, high quality finish which puts it firmly in the executive class.
The engines start with a small, but powerful, 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol. This is in addition to a 1.4 litre petrol, a 1.6 and a 2.0-litre diesel unit driven here, all with various power outputs, 150bhp in this case.
This 2.0-litre model also featured Audi's tried and tested quattro all wheel drive as well as a seven-speed dual clutch auto transmission.
Like all models sporting the four chrome rings, it is not cheap, with a starting price of just over £22,000, but that does not seem to put off the car buying public who can't seem to get enough of the German brand.
As ever, there is a huge range of optional add-ons to customise and also empty your wallet/purse.
The near range-topping S-Line is a luxurious motor, equipped with many high tech gizmos.
It does look good, all sharp creases and angles, smart alloy wheels, attractive light clusters and the eye-catching sweeping LED indicators while the signature Audi four rings are prominent on the grille and boot.
The interior sings from a familiar Audi hymn sheet, with high quality fixtures and fittings.
The four ringsare prominent in the shape of the chrome air vents while the central touch screen in the middle of the dash is operated from the MMI central console, which control infotainment functions, app connectivity and, where fitted for £700, the superb Bang and Olufsen sound system.
The dark trim is offset by quality chrome insets and inlays and gives the interior a real executive feel. The binnacle on the tested model offers a number of different setups through the brilliant, but optional digital virtual cockpit, which the driver can customise to his or her liking and can even have the sat nav map displayed in the background.
Despite its compact size, four adults can be seated in real comfort, with good headroom and stowage space is surprisingly good, with 355 litres expanding to 1,000 litres available with the rear seats folded.
I managed to transport a bike in there with a bit of a squeeze. There are various other pockets, holders and storage bins.
Standard kit on the base model is not that comprehensive, but this model is well equipped, but also had a number of optional extras which bumped the price up by nearly £8k.
On the road, the car is a delight, composed and agile with the progressive steering offering great driver feedback. while offering a firm but comfortable ride.
The sweet revving diesel offers plenty of pace, with the 150ps engine powering it to 60mph in 8.1 seconds, with the sequential gearchange barely noticeable.
It is equally at home on sweeping country lanes, long motorway stretches or runs to the school gates. Drivers have the options to switch toAudi drive select.
Via a button on the centre console, the driver selects one of three modes - 'comfort', 'auto' or 'dynamic'
In combination with the optional MMI, the driver can also put together their own personal profile.
Audi Q2 2.0 TDi quattro S Line S tronic
Mechanical: 150ps, 1,968cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 7-speed auto gearbox
Max Speed: 131mph
0-62mph: 8.1 seconds
Combined MPG: 57.6
Insurance Group: 18
C02 emissions: 131g/km
Bik rating: 27%
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles
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