2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI Sport review
Audi’s smallest Q model arrives in the UK and makes a compelling case for itself; if not the most compelling in its class
This is the Audi Q2, Ingolstadt’s newest badge, signaling yet another manufacturer’s debut entry into the small SUV market. The name is appropriate: the car is noticeably smaller than the family-targeted Q3 and is somewhere between a Mini Countryman and Skoda Yeti in scale. The new version of the latter will share the Q2’s underpinnings (a variant of the MQB architecture) when it lands next year. Vindication of the Q2’s market position hardly needs a sales spreadsheet; this will be the cheapest way into a Q-model Audi, and should therefore be popular. Ingolstadt hopes – as it did with the supermini-sized A1 – that the Q2 will attract a younger audience than typically buys its larger SUVs, and claims it has set up the car to match. It gets the usual array of downsized engines; here, in the UK for the first time, we drove it with the 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI, twinned with the standard six-speed manual gearbox.