The all-new Q2 brings Audi into the mini-SUV party

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by Gerard Jude Castillo | Mar 3, 2016
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It looks like there’s no stopping the trend of smaller SUVs. If you think that the Audi Q3 is pretty compact, then you might be surprised to find out that the German carmaker doesn’t seem to think so. Case in point is the newly launched Audi Q2.

Revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Q2 is aimed at today's youth--a market that is adventurous and right at home in the fast-paced urban jungle. The car measures a tidy 4.19m, and has an ample 7.9 inches of ground clearance. It likewise has the looks to match its go-anywhere vibe.

The front end, for instance, features the trademark Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air intakes that sit below a pair of sleek signature Audi LED daytime running lights. Looking more like a raised hatchback than a crossover SUV, the Q2’s most striking styling detail has to be the side-blade set at the C-pillar base. It can be customized to suit any color the owner chooses, giving the mini SUV a look all its own. The long roof spoiler at the rear matches the narrow windows, backend diffuser, and taillamps that mirror the wedge shape of the headlights.

The new Q2’s compact dimensions aside, this little runabout is actually loaded to the roof with tech goodies that have trickled down from its larger siblings. One neat feature is the optional 12.3-inch virtual cockpit that gives the driver all the necessary readings to keep him or her in total control. Another one is the customizable heads-up display that can be configured to show navigation, warning messages, and other pertinent data. And of course, Audi’s MMI system is there to operate the various functions of the SUV and its infotainment setup.

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At launch, the Q2 can be had with a choice of three gasoline engines or three diesel motors. The TFSI petrol options include a frugal 1.0-liter three-cylinder (116hp), a 1.4-liter with cylinder deactivation (150hp), and a potent 2.0-liter motor (190hp). The diesel powerplants, meanwhile, are either a 1.6-liter unit (116hp) or a pair of 2.0-liter TDI oil-burners (150hp and 190hp). Each of these engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, being an optional extra on the lower-grade variants.

This being an Audi, the drive select system is also included, giving a choice between comfort, dynamic, efficiency, or simply letting the car take care of matters in auto mode. It helps bring out the diverse character of this little vehicle.

And that’s the beauty of the new Audi Q2 and other mini SUVs like it. They are the perfect blend of weekday commuter-friendly transport and weekend warrior with go-anywhere capability. Now, the segment has the four-ring brand to help give it some added style.

 

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