- High-quality feel throughout
- Spacious interior with a large boot
- Efficient and powerful engines
- Ride can be bumpy on some versions
- No hybrid model
- Less cost-effective than some rivals
The Q2 is the most compact SUV in the Audi range. It gives you the upmarket feel you expect of the brand along with car-park-friendly dimensions, low running costs and the choice of some bold interior and exterior colour combinations. Interior space is good for such a compact car and there’s a wide boot lid for easy loading.
You get lots of standard features for your money, while an update in 2020 brought some subtle styling changes, some new safety features and LED headlights across the range.
Although it’s shorter than Audi’s A3 hatchback, the Q2 is a practical car. The high driving position makes it easier to get in and out of than an Audi A3, and you’ll also find more headroom and legroom in the back.
Boot space is excellent at 405 litres, which makes it one of the largest in its class and only 15 litres shy of the more costly Audi Q3. There’s enough room in there for three medium suitcases, or more if you fold away the back seats. It’s worth noting that the boot is slightly smaller in four-wheel drive models.
Even the most affordable SE model features a seven-inch infotainment screen, smartphone connectivity and air con. Sport and S Line models get even more kit, with Audi offering an extensive range of personalisation options.
Thanks to the slightly raised driving position, light steering and excellent view forward, the Audi Q2 is great to drive in the city. The ride is a little firmer than some of its rivals, but this means the body leans less when cornering and feels more agile on a country road.
Some versions feature an Audi Drive Select system, which allows you to choose between ‘comfort’ and ‘sport’ suspension settings. Look out for Q2 models with 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels because, while they look stylish, they do make the ride a bit bumpier. Four-wheel drive versions are available and give extra reassurance in slippery conditions.
With a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, the Q2 offers an excellent blend of performance and economy. A 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine were available at launch, but the later 1.5-litre petrol engine is ideal for mixing city commutes with regular motorway journeys. Don’t rule out the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is perfect if you spend most of your time within city limits yet doesn’t feel out of its depth on the motorway.
The Q2 holds its value better than its mainstream rivals, so while you might pay more for the Audi badge, you shouldn’t lose out in the long term.
Running costs are excellent. The old 1.6-litre diesel offers an official 64.2mpg, while the 1.4-litre petrol delivers 54.3mpg. Even the 2.0-litre petrol can achieve 44.8mpg. Clever technology helps the 1.5-litre petrol to achieve an official 47.9mpg, which is actually better than the figure of 45mpg in the 1.0-litre version. Unlike some rivals, there’s no hybrid or plug-in hybrid model in the range.
The Q2 feels a class above its more affordable rivals, with a high-quality feel throughout. Audi has a solid reputation for reliability, although it finished 22nd out of 24 brands in the latest J.D. Power UK Vehicle Dependability Study.
Euro NCAP awarded the Q2 a maximum five-star rating for safety. The car comes with a long list of standard safety features, including stability control, rear parking sensors and automatic city braking with pedestrian detection.
Look out for cars with options such as a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assist, a head-up display and four-wheel drive.
Best for economy - 1.6 TDI SE
Best for family - 1.5 TFSI SE
Best for fun - 2.0 TFSI Quattro Edition
The 1.5 TFSI engine offers the economy of diesel with the smooth performance of petrol, so it’s a great choice for buyers who want the best of both worlds. The 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines are ideal for long motorway trips, while the 1.0 petrol is nippy and efficient in the city.
Many buyers choose the S Line trim for its sportier appearance and added extras. However, the ride is a little firm, so don’t rule out the entry-level SE and Technik models, which come with a long list of equipment as standard.