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Audi Q2 2020 review, first drive

The Audi Q2 is the latest, and smallest, addition to the brand’s Q loved ones of SUVs and crossovers in India. Audi has appreciated appreciable success with its luxurious SUVs in India. 1st arrived the huge, gen-a single Q7, adopted by the ‘right-sized’ Q5, and then the compact, but beautifully packaged Q3. When all three have accomplished relatively nicely listed here, and the Q7 and Q5 are nicely into their 2nd generation, the Q2 is distinct kettle of fish.

Audi Q2 Exterior Layout

Sure, it is an SUV, and obviously an Audi far too, but not like the relaxation of the loved ones, it does not really abide by the exact guidelines of arithmetic, or for that subject, geometric progression. So, though the Q7, Q5 and Q3 use the exact simple system, tailored for dimension and spec, the Q2 is intended to attractiveness to a distinct form of buyer. 1 who is youthful in solution, more appreciative of an edgy design and, importantly, someone who sees real merit in compactness.

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It is really a ahead-hunting design by Audi’s conservative expectations, but it is not actually loud or in your experience either.

When the Q2 is intended to be distinct, it is even now an Audi, and as a result is not a design that shouts out loud or draws consideration to itself. That ice-amazing, understated Audi manner is there in spades and the more you look at the Q2, the more you value its chiselled capabilities. When the Q2 may well only be 4.two metres extended, it has a strong shoulder line, gently bulging wheel arches and rapidly roofline. And then there’s the huge rectangular nose with its many trapezoidal facts.

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‘T’ shaped motif in headlight also found in the tail-gentle.

Audi designers have also supplied lots of interaction involving gentle and shade. The flanks of the Q2 look like they’ve been worked on with a huge chisel, and these scooped out sections look terrific, in particular with their sharp cuts and ridges catching the gentle. The ‘T’ shaped pattern in the headlights and tail-lights also operate nicely, and though the Q2 is neither an SUV nor a hatch, it is cozy in its personal pores and skin and not uncomfortable hunting a malady endured by a great numerous crossovers.

Audi Q2 Inside and Attributes

The Q2 may well be compact on the outdoors and only has as much area on the inside as your normal mid-dimension loved ones SUV, but provided the shadow it casts on the floor, packaging is even now great. There’s more than ample spot for people sat up front, the two front seats are exceptionally supportive and cozy, and finding the proper driving place is also uncomplicated. The India-spec motor vehicle, on the other hand, has no driven seats – a stunning omission, and there’s no touchscreen either most likely in an effort and hard work to continue to keep the rate in examine.

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Visibility out is superb seat is placed at a peak, and the A pillar is slender.

The a little elevated driving place, on the other hand, feels just proper. Visibility up front is outstanding and the dash does not look to be far too in your experience either. It is aesthetically satisfying on the inside far too. Good quality levels are nearly as great as they are in an A4, and the dash even has some of the TT’s vibe, with its rotary click-to-shut vents. The high-quality of the tender-leading dash and the fit and finish of the different chrome factors make this a cabin you want to contact and sense all the time, and this is particularly genuine of the nicely set-together flat-base steering wheel that feels terrific to keep. The knurled metallic knobs and dials on the centre console are also a delight to use, and however the LED inlay in the dash feels a bit gimmicky, the snakeskin-like effect is really intriguing.

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Medium-dimension sunroof brightens up the in any other case dingy and dim all-black cabin.

In addition, you get Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – the configurable, totally electronic instrument panel, a wireless charging tray in the elbow box and, however it is not really panoramic, there is a huge sunroof far too. Rear visibility, with people huge C pillars and the slot-like rear windscreen is lousy, however.

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Legroom is decent but backrest is upright and the seat is not far too cozy.

Now obviously, you would not acquire a Q2 to be chauffeur driven in. That mentioned, there’s ample area in the rear to be moderately cozy. Headroom is decent, there’s some surplus knee place, and since you can set your feet beneath the front seats, you can even extend out a bit. The seat base is short, on the other hand, and the backrest is a bit upright, so no extended drives with people sat in the rear. And it also feels a bit a bit dim and dingy in the back again. Also, though there are USB sockets in the rear, the two are Type C models, so you will want adapters.

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405-litre boot is nicely shaped and you get a area-saver spare tyre far too.

When the boot is nicely shaped and uncomplicated to load, and you get a decent 405 litres, it is only big sufficient to have a pair of huge baggage in the back again. Ought to you want more area, you can fold the seatback down. So that you really don’t get stranded with a puncture, there is also a area-saver spare tyre placed below the boot ground.

Audi Q2 Engine and General performance

With all its electric power and the taut chassis, the Q2 conjures up lots of thrills for the driver. A great deal of this is down to its 192hp electric power output –strong sufficient for an SUV that suggestions the scales at just 1,430kg. The two.-litre motor is a acquainted a single. Powering all manner of Audi, VW and Skoda products and solutions, from the A6 to the Tiguan AllSpace to the Octavia RS and every thing in involving, this is a single of the finest 4-cylinder engines close to.

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The Q2 is a pleasure to push.

Idle is vibration cost-free and refined, there is nearly no lag, and responses are so rapid, it does not sense turbocharged. There’s no sudden spike in electric power when the raise will come in, most likely down to the BS6 tune, but there’s even now is a very clear ramp up right after two,000rpm, and then performance rises steeply all the way to the conservative 6,200rpm redline. What adds in to the expertise is that the motor just enjoys to rev. There’s an enthusiasm listed here, as it winds up the powerband, that you’d commonly discover only in a normally aspirated motor, and however the acceleration does not really throw you back again in your seat, performance is even now pretty urgent.

A quick examination we carried out exposed a -100kph time of eight.08 seconds, but with a more robust launch, the Q2 has the opportunity to be much closer to its claimed time of 6.5 seconds. The Q2 also, expectedly, will come with a dual-clutch gearbox, which is quick on the attract during typical driving, and enables you to snap as a result of the gears well. What can take absent from the driving expertise, on the other hand, is that at times it can be hesitant to shift down. This transpires just when you want it most when you want to brake, downshift and get into a corner, and this can be really annoying.

Audi Q2 performance (as tested)*
-20kph 1.04s
-40kph two.23s
-60kph three.66s
-80kph 5.60s
-100kph eight.08s
-120kph 11.79s
twenty-80kph (in kickdown) 5.00s
40-100kph (in kickdown) 6.79s

*General performance figures not to Autocar India examination expectations

Audi Q2 Comfort and ease and Handling

What impresses is that the suspension rides silently about several of the terrible patches we encounter. When it’s rather absorbent, there is some sum of stiffness listed here, and this shows up about some of the sharper-edged bumps. Also, though there is a bit of roll in corners, physique control in general is pretty great. In reality, at the time you get caught in, it feels more like a sporting hatch than an SUV. The extended-vacation suspension is held on a restricted leash and the Q2 settles down swiftly right after that original bit of roll. And since there’s lots of grip, you can set the electric power down really nicely far too.

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Physique control in general is pretty great but there is some stiffness felt.

The steering could do with a bit more opinions however, and the Q2 commences to understeer if you force more difficult. Nonetheless, the driving expertise in general is so satisfying, this is a motor vehicle you just appreciate to push swiftly, be it in a straight line or close to a collection of nicely meandering corners.

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The Q2 will have a specialized niche attractiveness for people hunting for a bit of exciting.

It is critical to be aware, on the other hand, that though the badge on the grille states Quattro, this is not a single of Audi’s typical, full-time all-wheel-push systems. As opposed to the arrangement applied on its greater vehicles, which use a longitudinally mounted motor and a Torsen-based mostly Quattro process, the Q2 is based mostly on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and so will come with a transverse motor, a front-biased setup, and an on-desire AWD process based mostly on a multi-plate clutch.

Audi Q2 Price tag and Verdict

At an expected beginning rate of Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom, Audi’s imported Q2 is not for people hunting for benefit for money. Unlikely to be a rational decision, it is specific more at self-driven homeowners who want a compact luxurious crossover with great performance, uncomplicated day to day usability and a significant-high-quality cabin. For your money, you get a significant-driving motor vehicle, an additional dose of exhilaration thanks to the peppy petrol and reasonably gentle weight (which, frankly, is central to its attractiveness), and it feels agile from driving the wheel far too.

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It must have been greater outfitted at this rate, and there will be a delicate facelift out internationally at close to the exact time the Q2 goes on sale in India, which consumers are not likely to be content about. But if compactness is a advantage, and at times it truly is, the Q2 could be the compact luxurious crossover you are hunting for.

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