Audi Q2 2.0 TDi

quattro S Line S

tronic

Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, front, cornering
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, side, cornering
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, front, action
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, front, moving
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, side
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, rear, static
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, rear, action
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, interior
Audi Q2 Sport, 2016, rear seats

THE Q2 is Audi's smallest crossover but it still offers a lot of style and class in a crammed market.

It sits below the Q3, Q5 and massive seven-seat Q7 and although it has a reasonable starting price you will need to avoid choosing too many options to stop the price from going through the roof.

There is no doubt the Q2 is a premium product that is good to drive and well built and it also has many features shared by its larger siblings.

It has enough space for four adults to travel in comfort and there is also a decent 355 litre boot which can be boosted to 1,000 litres by folding the rear seats.

As you would expect the cabin is up to the usual Audi standards with good quality materials and fittings.

The range starts at about the £22,000 mark and buyers have a choice of a variety of engines with a 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol being the smallest. There is also a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels with different outputs.

I sampled the Q2 in 2.0-litreTDiquattroguise with S-Line styling and trim and the Stronicseven-speed automatic gearbox.

Almost the top model in the range it had 150ps on tap and packed bags of punch combined with decent fuel economy.

Finished in bright yellow it certainly had visual impact with sharp creases and angles, alloys and the traditional Audi grille with the four rings. Nice LED light clusters and indicators as well as silver paint on the rear pillars provided the finishing touches.

The S-Line features all the latest tech and the dash is dominated by a central touch screen which is operated from theMMIcentralconsule. It is user-friendly and controls all the infotainment functions and app connectivity. The climate system is controlled by its own rotary dials, while the clever and smart optional digital virtual cockpit allows the driver to personalise many functions and settings including the satnavmap.

On the road thisquattromodel provides loads of grip and easily copes with all weather conditions and road surfaces. The smooth and quiet engine is good for 131mph and tackles the sprint to 62mph in just 8.1 seconds.

The gearbox slips easily through the cogs but if you want more fun you can pop it into manual and use the paddles on the steering wheel to take control. Drivers can also select from three driving settings - comfort - auto or dynamic via a button on the centreconsule.

Claimed combined fuel economy is 57.6mpg but I averaged just under 50mpg in mixed conditions.

Fun to drive and reasonably practical the Q2 is certainly striking to look at and it is clearly targeted at younger drivers who seem to have a thing for the Audi badge.

FAST FACTS

Audi Q2 2.0 TDi quattro S Line S tronic

Price:£30,610

Mechanical:150ps, 1,968cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 7-speed automatic 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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