Audi Q2 (2016-present)

The Audi Q2 brings luxury to the small crossover market

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Good to drive
High-quality interior
Spacious and practical with a big boot

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Some models unsettled over bumps
Some wheel sizes hurt economy
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It’s compact, tech-packed, fun and funky. If you’re a social-networked, smartphone native then the Audi Q2 is meant for you - as long as you can afford the £22,160 price tag.

Audi’s expecting Q2 buyers to dig deep, especially as you could buy a similar Renault Captur for £15,300. Both cars are small crossovers, which take the comfort, low running costs and small dimensions of superminis like the Vauxhall Corsa or Ford Fiesta, then made them taller, for a higher driving position and more spacious interior.

Like any other Audi, you pay more for the four-ring badge on the bonnet - and the gimmicky pillars either side of the boot, which can be chosen in different colours. But the Q2 is a cut above the competition. Inside, it feels more upmarket than its rivals. The plastics are a better quality and the controls have a weight and a precision you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Optional hi-tech features include Audi Connect, which puts the car online so it can stream music, and a virtual cockpit. This is a screen behind the steering wheel that can display a giant sat-nav map alongside a digital speedometer.

Despite being compact in size, the Q2 is spacious, with a good amount of leg- and headroom in the rear for adults. At 405-litres, the boot is bigger than the one in the Audi A3 family car. There’s plenty of advanced safety equipment available too, from standard automatic braking that can avoid crashes with other vehicles and pedestrians, to optional advanced cruise control that takes control of the Q2’s steering  - as well as accelerator and brake - in slow-moving traffic jams.

On the road, the Q2 is one of the best cars in its class. Like all small crossovers, it bounces a little over bumps but most versions are comfortable - particularly when fitted with the optional adaptive suspension. Responsive steering means that it’s easier to direct the car to a precise point on the road, and makes it more fun to drive. The Q2 stays steady in corners, without very much leaning. Four-wheel drive is an option on more powerful versions too.

Don't dismiss the seven-speed automatic gearbox (its optional on the 35 TFSI, and standard on the 40TSI and 35 TDI). It’s actually more efficient, and so more economical, than the manual gearbox.

Small crossovers are always a bit of a compromise though; you’ll find a Mini hatchback or an Audi A3 more comfortable and more fun to drive.

The Q2 is one of the best - if not the best small crossover on sale. It’s as spacious and comfortable as the Honda HR-V and Vauxhall Mokka but more fun to drive than either. It’s bigger than the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke, beating the Renault Captur and Ford EcoSport for interior quality.

But it’s worth considering that for its price, you could have a larger Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, an enormous Skoda Superb family car, or have a lot more fun with a Mazda MX-5 roadster

Last Updated 

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 17:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
405-litres
Width: 
1,794mm
Length: 
4,191mm
Height: 
1,508mm
Tax: 
tbc

Best Audi Q2 for... 

Audi Q2 Sport 30 TDI
The smaller of the two diesel options is not only economical (up to 64.2mpg once confirmed), but also quiet and smooth. It's not the quickest, but it’s no slouch either, making it the best kind of compromise.
Audi Q2 Sport 3 TFSI S tronic
Economical and easy to drive, thanks in part to the seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox, this is perfect for urban families who don’t necessarily do huge mileages.
Audi Q2 S line 35 TDI
The most powerful petrol and diesel engines have the same number of horsepower, but the diesel is faster to accelerate. Faster Q2s are expected to arrive later. S line trim gives a sportier - but less comfortable - ride.
Audi Q2 S line 30 TDI
S line trim offers drivers the most standard equipment, which includes 18in alloy wheels and sport suspension, which lead to a firmer, more uncomfortable ride.

Audi Q2 History 

  • August 2016 The Audi Q2 goes on sale in SE, Sport, S line and Edition 1 trims. Petrol engines are 1.0 TFSI and 1.4 TFSI (with cylinder deactivation), diesels 1.6 and 2.0 TDI quattro.
  • August 2017 The 2.0 TFSI quattro goes on sale.
  • September 2018 Audi reveals new high-performance SQ2 at Paris motor show. Will go on sale early in 2019.
  • October 2018 Audi rolls out new engine-naming system. For example, the 1.0 TFSI is now the 30 TFSI.

Understanding Audi Q2 car names 

  • Q2
  • Trim level
    S line
  • Engine
    30 TDI
  • Driven wheels
    quattro
  • Gearbox
    S tronic
  • Trim level
    There are four trim levels: SE, Sport, S line and Black Edition (this last one replaces the Edition 1, which was a launch trim only but so popular that production was extended). Moving up the range from the base SE increases the amount of equipment and raises the price.
  • Engine
    Diesel engines are badged TDI, while petrol engines carry the TFSI designation. All the engines are turbocharged. Audi has recently changed the names of its engines to reflect their power, which it expresses as a two-digit number, rather than their size. For example, the 1.6 TDI diesel engine is now called the 30 TDI.
  • Driven wheels
    Most Audi Q2 models send the engine’s power to the front wheels only, but four wheel drive - what Audi calls quattro - is available with the 40 (previously called 2.0 litre) TFSI and 35 (also previously called 2.0 litre) TDI engines.
  • Gearbox
    The Audi Q2 is available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, badged S tronic. Manual versions may not be labelled at all.

Audi Q2 Engines 

30 TFSI, 35 TFSI, 40 TSI, 30 TDI, 35 TDI

From summer 2018, Audi began rolling out a new naming system for its engines designed to reflect their power rather than size or capacity.

In place of the old litres and bhp, hp or PS power rating, a simple two-digit number is used along with the type of engine – petrol TFSI or diesel TDI. Audi is the only car maker to do this, at least for the moment, making comparing its engines with rivals’ engines difficult.

The 30 TFSI engine, previously the 1.0 TFSI 116PS, is the cheapest option and designed for fuel economy. Even so, it feels punchy with enough power to maintain speed on a motorway. It's the only engine not available with the S tronic automatic gearbox.

The 35 TFSI engine (1.4 TFSI 150PS) is the pick of the range for most buyers. To boost economy, two of its four cylinders shut down when you don’t need the full power of the engine. It’s available with a manual or more efficient seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The 40 TFSI engine (2.0 TFSI 190PS) is the most powerful petrol engine and for this reason is paired with Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system. Its 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds places it firmly in hot hatch territory. It’s an automatic only.

The smaller of the two diesels, the 30 TDI (1.6 TDI 116PS) is smooth and quiet, and thanks to its economy a good choice for high-mileage drivers. It's virtually the same price as the 35 TFSI, but less powerful. If you're looking for a car with a bit of zip, then this option is best avoided.

The 35 TDI (2.0 TDI 150PS) will also appeal to those drivers doing more than 12,000 miles a year and requiring an engine that’s economical but powerful, too. Like the 40 TFSI, it’s only available with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Wheel sizes make a difference to economy - the 35 TFSI ranging from 48.7 to 54.3mpg. Wheel sizes are pegged to trim levels, with higher-spec versions having larger wheels and worse economy – worth remembering when considering one trim level over another.

Also, the automatic gearbox is more efficient than the manual, to the extent that the 30 TDI auto can achieve a best of 68.9mpg but the manual only 64.2mpg.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

Top speed

30 TFSI

Petrol

52.3 – 55.4mpg

114hp

0-62mph: 10.1s

122mph

35 TFSI

Petrol

48.7 - 54.3mpg

148hp

0-62mph: 8.5s

131mph

40 TFSI

Petrol

44.1 – 44.8mpg

187hp

0-62mph: 6.5s

141mph

30 TDI

Diesel

61.4 – 68.9mpg

114hp

0-62mph: 10.3 - 10.5s

122mph

35 TDI

Diesel

56.5 – 58.9mpg

148hp

0-62mph: 8.1s

131mph

Audi Q2 Trims 

SE, Sport, S line and Black Edition

The trim level you choose has a big impact on the price of a Q2. For example, the cheapest 30 TFSI, the SE, costs £21,665 before discount, compared with the most expensive, the S line, at £25,315. That money would buy the more powerful 35 TFSI in Sport trim, a better engine all-round.

An alternative is to buy a cheaper trim but specify specific additional equipment such as a premium sound system, from the options list. However, don't go overboard because options lose money much faster than the car they’re fitted to.

There are four trims, although the 30 TFSI engine is not available with the fourth and most expensive, called Black Edition. This was only introduced in November 2018 and replaces Edition 1. Like the other trims, it is common to other models in Audi’s range.

SE, the cheapest trim, features 16in alloy wheels and a 7in dashboard screen that can be controlled by a dial, making it easy to use without taking your eyes off the road. Bluetooth is fitted, allowing you to connect your phone wirelessly, and there’s air conditioning, as well as an autonomous emergency braking system that can stop the car from crashing into other vehicles or pedestrians. You only get cloth seats on this model and no cruise control, but you do have a choice of white or orange dashboard panels.

Sport is worth the extra £1,550. It adds a sat-nav and a three-month trial of the Audi Connect service that links the car to the internet, so it can stream music, for example. It also brings larger 17in alloy wheels, cloth sports seats, wipers and lights that switch on when it’s raining or dark, cruise control and aluminium dashboard panels in red or yellow. You also have Audi’s Drive Select system that has five modes (Auto, Comfort, Efficiency, Dynamic and Individual) that change the feel of the steering and the response of the engine.

For an extra £2,250 on top of the price of the Sport model, S line adds brighter LED headlights and rear lights, front sports seats that are made from leather and cloth, plus an interior styling package that includes brushed aluminium inlays and LED lighting. The standard 18in wheels and sport suspension fitted to this model can make it crash over broken roads. To restore the Q2’s comfort, it’s worth paying more to add adaptive suspension that’s better at absorbing bumps.

As the most expensive trim in the range, Black Edition builds on S line trim with black-coloured styling features, privacy glass so people can’t see in, and unique alloy wheels.

Audi Q2 Reliability and warranty 

The Q2 ranked a respectable 26th in the best cars to own category of the 2018 AutoExpress Driver Power survey. Reliability and quality is one of nine areas the survey considers, so the Q2 performed well, although not as well as equally stylish rivals including the Toyota CH-R and Peugeot 3008.

At 60,000 miles or three years (whichever comes first) the Q2’s warranty is standard for the industry. It’s long way short of the seven years’ cover available on a Kia Stonic. Meanwhile, rivals Toyota and Hyundai offer five years, so Audi has some catching up to do.

Used Audi Q2 

At least for the foreseeable future, the SUV market looks like remaining extremely popular. This will benefit the Q2, which brings premium SUV ownership within reach of more people. Discounts on new Q2s are available but they’re not excessive, which should help preserve the values of used ones.

Be careful when ordering options. Not only are they expensive but they also lose money faster than the Q2 they’re fitted to. On the other hand, a used Q2 with options already fitted, is a very good buy.

There are currently 586 Audi Q2s available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £15,322 to £43,684 for nearly-new models.

It's particularly affordable on finance, thanks to that high level of demand, which ensures that it retains its value well. Monthly finance payments start from £205 per month.Edition 1 trim level was popular among buyers. It was offered from launch, at a premium of around £11,000, and was designed to look sporty with titanium grey paint and black wheels. Audi doesn't sell this trim anymore, but it’s a bargain as a used car as buyers benefit from the premium touches, without having to pay that much more money than a standard model.

       

Audi Q2 Prices

Audi Q2 Black Edition

30 tdi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,084

You could save up to: £4471

30 tdi black edition 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,445

You could save up to: £4605

30 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,495

You could save up to: £4610

30 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,855

You could save up to: £4745

30 tfsi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,997

You could save up to: £4268

30 tfsi black edition 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,357

You could save up to: £4403

35 tdi quattro black ed 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,705

You could save up to: £4995

35 tdi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,345

You could save up to: £4860

35 tfsi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,953

You could save up to: £4462

35 tfsi black edition 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,314

You could save up to: £4596

35 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,364

You could save up to: £4601

35 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,724

You could save up to: £4736

40 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,143

You could save up to: £4872

40 tfsi quattro black edn 5dr s tronic [tech pk]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,503

You could save up to: £5007

Audi Q2 S Line

30 tdi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,360

You could save up to: £4300

30 tdi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,720

You could save up to: £4435

30 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,770

You could save up to: £4440

30 tdi s line 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,131

You could save up to: £4574

30 tfsi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,272

You could save up to: £4098

30 tfsi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,633

You could save up to: £4232

35 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,620

You could save up to: £4690

35 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,981

You could save up to: £4824

35 tfsi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,229

You could save up to: £4291

35 tfsi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,589

You could save up to: £4426

35 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,639

You could save up to: £4431

35 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,000

You could save up to: £4565

40 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,418

You could save up to: £4702

40 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,779

You could save up to: £4836

Audi Q2 SQ2

sq2 quattro 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,315

You could save up to: £5055

sq2 quattro 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,675

You could save up to: £5190

Audi Q2 SQ2 Black Edition

sq2 quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,675

You could save up to: £5190

sq2 quattro black edition 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,036

You could save up to: £5324

Audi Q2 SQ2 Vorsprung

sq2 quattro vorsprung 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,139

You could save up to: £5631

Audi Q2 Sport

30 tdi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,312

You could save up to: £4098

30 tdi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,673

You could save up to: £4232

30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,723

You could save up to: £4237

30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,083

You could save up to: £4372

30 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,225

You could save up to: £3895

30 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,585

You could save up to: £4030

35 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,573

You could save up to: £4487

35 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,933

You could save up to: £4622

35 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,181

You could save up to: £4089

35 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,542

You could save up to: £4223

35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,592

You could save up to: £4228

35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,952

You could save up to: £4363

Audi Q2 Technik

30 tdi technik 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,038

You could save up to: £3972

30 tdi technik 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,449

You could save up to: £4111

30 tfsi technik 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,951

You could save up to: £3769

35 tfsi technik 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,907

You could save up to: £3963

35 tfsi technik 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,318

You could save up to: £4102

Audi Q2 Vorsprung

35 tdi quattro vorsprung 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,801

You could save up to: £5499

35 tfsi vorsprung 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £32,410

You could save up to: £5100

35 tfsi vorsprung 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,820

You could save up to: £5240

40 tfsi quattro vorsprung 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,599

You could save up to: £5511