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Review: Audi Q2

CAR OF THE WEEK: Audi Q2 1.4, price range: £34,635 (photo credit: Autobild)

HERE ARE a number of things I like about Audi - one of those is that the German manufacturer continues to be innovative.

Selling cars is a highly competitive business and Audi understands that hence the introduction of the new Q2.

The Audi ‘Q’ family is comprised of four ranges of stylishly designed Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) with a coupé-like appearance. The models in each range all have an elevated driving position, a spacious cabin and boot and a high ground clearance, making them ideal for urban and rural family life.

The dinky Q2 is the latest addition to range and does not let the aforementioned family down in any shape or form.

Car makers are always trying to give buyers what they want and the Audi Q2 is proof that the German marque is never one to ignore trends and buying patterns. Drivers have been flocking to small SUVs and crossovers – cars that bridge the gap between SUVs and hatchbacks – for some time now. The Nissan Juke was one of the first models to blend some of the advantages of an SUV with the running costs normally associated with a family hatchback, but the Q2 is the first such car from a premium manufacturer.

As it’s based on the same underpinnings as the Audi A3 hatchback, the Q2 is a similarly safe, predictable and comfortable car to drive and provides a pleasant sense of insulation from wind and road noise.

My top-of-the-range S line trim test drive includes a subtle body kit, front and rear LED lights, a choice between standard and sports suspension, part-leather seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Q2 starts at around £20,000, with a 114bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine marking the entry point into the range. This is followed by a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol, while diesel fans can choose from 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre engines, with the latter being the only model available with Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system. That’ll change later on, when a 2.0-litre petrol engine with standard four-wheel drive arrives, although this is likely to be a rare (and expensive) choice.

Options on my test drive included the Technology Pack (£1,595), a power-operated boot lid (£450), privacy glass (£375) and the Comfort Pack (£900).

Yes, the Q2 does not come cheap but you certainly get an awful lot for your money.

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