Audi has upped the ante in its Q2 compact SUV range by offering the latest model with quattro four wheel drive and petrol power for the first time. The range topper (until it launches an SQ2 model) comes with the 190PS iteration of its 2.0 litre petrol engine and the S-tronic dual clutch auto. Acceleration from 0-62mph is an impressive 6.5 seconds, top speed is twice the UK legal limit at 141mph. CO2 emissions are 144g/km and claimed mpg is 44.8.
With customer interest in diesel cars plummeting in the wake of dieselgate, the new petrol model is a sensible extension to the quattro range for Audi. The 190PS petrol motor displaces the 150PS 2.0 TDI quattro model at the top of the Q2 range and is now available in S line and a pricey Edition #1 specification.
Ensuring optimal traction and handling under any road conditions, the quattro system’s electro-hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch distributes torque continuously between the axles. Its seven-speed S tronic incorporates a freewheeling mode when the standard Audi drive select handling system is set to efficiency mode, and with the start-stop function, the engine already shuts off when speed drops to 4.3mph.
Both contribute to up to 44.8mpg combined and 144g/km when chosen in S line specification, and 44.1mpg combined in conjunction with 146g/km for the Edition #1, even on the 19-inch alloy wheels it is fitted with as standard.
Regardless of whether the Q2 TFSI quattro is chosen as an S line or Edition #1, the high specification of both sets the already unique compact SUV apart from the rest of the SE and Sport range. LED headlights, an LED interior lighting pack, S line interior and exterior styling cues, 18-inch alloy wheels, C-pillar blades in matt Titanium grey and front sports seats mark out the S line. This adds to the Audi Smartphone Interface, SD card-based MMI Navigation and Audi connect infotainment service package, light and rain sensors and Audi drive select already fitted as standard to all Sport models and above.
An altogether more impactful specification extends to the Edition #1 – a unique model in its own right. In addition to the 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels and Quantum grey paint, which is used exclusively here, a black styling pack and Manhattan grey contrast bumpers, wheel arch trims, side skirts and bumper inserts all serve to mark out this model from the rest. Brilliant black C-pillar blades featuring the Audi rings complete the look.
The interior is furnished with sports seats in Granite grey Fine Nappa leather with Amaretto brown contrast stripes and stitching, a multi-coloured LED interior lighting pack advanced that spreads across the inlays in a special Format design and floor mats also sporting brown contrast stitching.