28 February 2017

Audi Q2 2017 car review

The latest compact SUV from Audi has finally arrived in New Zealand. It has a coupe-like low roof, high window line silhouette, and a polygonal design of the side profile. There are more colour and trim combinations than you can poke a stick at. So, if you want to get creative with a small luxury SUV, now’s your chance.

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Audi Q2 2017
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Marketed as #untaggable, Audi’s Q2 presents potential owners with plenty of opportunities to leverage their creative flair. You can really make this car stand out from the crowd. There are five alloy wheel designs, 11 body paint colours and four contrasting colours for the c-pillar blade panels to choose from. While this kind of visual treatment may appeal to a younger demographic, the Q2 nestles nicely in-between the A1 and A3 models, and completes Audi's Q SUV range meaning it’s equally a practical choice of car for families or people who frequently head out of the city.

The level of spec included in the Q2 definitely makes it feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck. The LED lights with dynamic rear indicator signals make it look like the lamps are moving in the direction that the vehicle is turning. Five driver assist systems feature as standard, demonstrating the latest safety technology. This can be enhanced further with Audi’s driver assistance package which includes adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane assist and high beam control. In my opinion, it’s well worth the upgrade.

The test route over Wellington’s Rimutaka Range was no match for Audi’s smallest SUV. The ride and handling was very good and the Q2 retained its composure throughout the corners with next to no road noise translating in to the cabin.

There are plenty of add-on packages available. If you want to further enhance the hi-spec standard sports model, you can choose from the following packages:

     - Tech which includes a virtual cockpit, Navigation Plus and head-up display (HUD) for $3,500
     - S-line for $4,500
     - Driver assistance for $3,000

The Audi Q2 has just received a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

At a glance
Models Q2
Engine 1.4 TFSI 4 cylinder turbo
Price $54,500
ANCAP safety rating 5-Star
Power  110kW, 250Nm
Transmission  7-speed S Tronic
Fuel economy 5.5L/100km combined
Towing capacity 1500kg braked, 670kg unbraked
2WD/4WD/AWD 2WD, front
Seating capacity 5
Luggage capacity 405L
Safety systems
ESC with torque vectoring Audi Pre Sense City
Front and side airbags for front seats and side guard head airbag  Audi Side Assist
Reverse camera  
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