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
Cheapest versions are sparsely equipped
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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 £20,000 price tag when it goes on sale in August.

Audi’s expecting Q2 buyers to dig deep, especially as you could buy a similar Renault Captur that’s better-equipped for £16,575. 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 dashboard software is smooth and controlled by an easy-to-use dial. Optional hi-tech features include Audi Connect, which puts the car online so it can stream music, as well as virtual cockpit: a big screen behind the steering wheel, that can display a giant sat-nav map alongside a digital speedometer.

Given its compact 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 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. It stays steady in corners, without very much leaning, and there’s a good choice of economical engines, which also feel powerful and match the car’s sporty feel. Four wheel drive is available.

However, small crossovers are always a bit of a compromise; 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 cabin quality.

It is expected to hold its value well, which means that the cost of owning or financing a Q2 will fall a little closer to its rivals. But it’s worth considering that for its price, you could have a larger Volkswagen Tiguan crossover, an enormous Skoda Superb family car, or have a lot more fun with a Mazda MX-5 roadster

Last Updated 

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 15:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
405-litres
Width: 
1,794mm
Length: 
4,191mm
Height: 
1,508mm
Tax: 
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Best Audi Q2 for... 

Audi Q2 Sport 1.6 TDI
The smaller of the two diesel options is not only economical (expected to be around 65mpg 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 1.4 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 2.0 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 1.6 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 

  • November 2016 The Audi Q2 is due to go on sale.

Understanding Audi Q2 car names 

  • Q2
  • Trim level
    S line
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI 150PS
  • Driven wheels
    quattro
  • Gearbox
    S tronic
  • Trim level
    There are three trim levels in total: SE, Sport and S line. Moving up the range form 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. Their size is expressed in litres (eg 2.0) and the power is shown in horsepower - also called PS.
  • Driven wheels
    Most Audi Q2 models send the engine’s power to the front wheels only, but four wheel drive - that Audi calls quattro - is available with the 2.0-litre diesel engine.
  • Gearbox
    The Audi Q2 is available with an automatic gearbox and badged S tronic. Manual versions may not be labelled at all.

Audi Q2 Engines 

1.0 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI, 16 TDI, 2.0 TDI

The 1.0 TFSI engine is the cheapest option and designed for fuel economy. It’s small and made up of three cylinders with a 1-litre capacity, so it only needs a small amount of petrol (until recently, most small engines were bigger and made up of four cylinders). The engine is also turbocharged which boosts power without a big increase in fuel use. The combination is successful: the engine feels punchy, with enough power to maintain speed on a motorway, and not too noisy. It's the only engine not available with the S tronic automatic gearbox.

The 1.4 TFSI will be the pick of the range for most buyers. It’s made up of four cylinders, but two of them shut down when you don’t need the full power of the engine - when driving along at a steady speed, for example. As a driver, you don’t notice whether the two cylinders are running or not, but the it should prove effective at reducing fuel use - we haven’t yet had a chance to calculate its effectiveness.

The smaller of the two diesels, the 1.6 TDI is smooth and quiet for a diesel engine and will be popular for high-mileage drivers, thanks to its economy. It's virtually the same price as the 1,4 TFSI, but less powerful. If you're looking for a car with a bit of zip, then this option is best avoided.

The 2.0 TDI will also appeal to those drivers covering 10,000-12,000 miles and above a year, and who want a little extra power. This is your only choice if you're looking for an Audi Q2 with four-wheel drive - badged quattro and you have to combine it with an automatic gearbox; Audi won't sell it with a manual.

Type

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

top speed

1.0 TFSI

Petrol

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115hp

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Petrol

tbc

150hp

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Diesel

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115hp

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2.0 TDI

Diesel

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150hp

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Audi Q2 Trims 

SE, Sport, S line

The trim level you choose for your Audi Q2 will affect the level of standard equipment that you get. Audi typically allows you to buy most of the equipment as individual options too, so you could opt for the cheapest car with a top-of-therange sound system, for example.

In basic SE trim, the Q2 includes 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 automatic 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.

For an additional £1,550, the Sport trim – which Audi expects to be its best seller – adds sat-nav and a three-month trial of the Audi Connect service, linking the car to the internet, so it can stream music, for example. Sport cars also get 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.

At the top of the range, the S line trim (an extra £2,250 on top of the price of a Sport model) 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.

Audi Q2 Reliability and warranty 

As a brand new model, there’s no Audi Q2 history to look at. Despite the company’s reputation for German engineering, owners experience too many niggles: Audi’s showing in the list of most reliable manufacturers in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey wasn’t exactly stellar: 23rd out of 32 isn’t great.

In terms of warranty, the Q2 shares Audi’s standard 60,000 miles or three years (whichever comes first). It’s fairly standard but a long way from the seven years that you’d get if you bought a Kia Soul or Kia Venga.

Used Audi Q2 

It will take a year or two for the Q2 to filter through to the used market, but don’t expect big discounts because the car is expected to hold its value well in the face of high demand for the Q2 and Audi’s strong reputation.

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£24,030

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Audi Q2 Sport 1.6 TDI 

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Audi Q2 Prices

Audi Q2 Black Edition

30 tdi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,481

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30 tdi black edition 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,750

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30 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,891

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,161

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35 tfsi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,390

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35 tfsi black edition 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,659

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35 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,800

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,070

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40 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,539

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,809

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Audi Q2 S Line

1.0 tfsi s line 5dr

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

Starting at: £22,618

You could save up to: £2692

1.0 tfsi s line 5dr [tech pack]

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

Starting at: £24,024

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1.4 tfsi s line 5dr

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

Starting at: £24,575

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1.4 tfsi s line 5dr [tech pack]

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

Starting at: £25,981

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1.4 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic

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

Starting at: £25,985

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

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

Starting at: £27,391

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1.6 tdi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,666

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1.6 tdi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,072

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1.6 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,076

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,482

You could save up to: £3173

2.0 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

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

Starting at: £28,606

You could save up to: £3284

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

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

Starting at: £30,012

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2.0 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,764

You could save up to: £3296

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,170

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30 tdi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,756

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30 tdi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,026

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30 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,167

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,436

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35 tfsi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,665

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35 tfsi s line 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,935

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35 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,076

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,345

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40 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,815

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,084

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Audi Q2 SE

1.0 tfsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,297

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1.4 tfsi se 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,253

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1.4 tfsi se 5dr s tronic

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

Starting at: £22,664

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1.6 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,344

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1.6 tdi se 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,735

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30 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,435

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30 tdi se 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,845

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30 tfsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,387

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30 tfsi se 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,798

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35 tfsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,344

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35 tfsi se 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,754

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Audi Q2 Sport

1.0 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,571

You could save up to: £2489

1.0 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,840

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1.4 tfsi sport 5dr

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

Starting at: £22,527

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1.4 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

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

Starting at: £23,797

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1.4 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

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

Starting at: £23,938

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1.4 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

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

Starting at: £25,344

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1.6 tdi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,618

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1.6 tdi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,888

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1.6 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,009

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1.6 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,415

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2.0 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

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

Starting at: £26,558

You could save up to: £3082

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

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

Starting at: £27,964

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30 tdi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,709

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30 tdi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,978

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30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,119

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30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,389

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30 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,661

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30 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,931

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30 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,072

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30 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,341

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35 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,618

You could save up to: £2727

35 tfsi sport 5dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,887

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35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,028

You could save up to: £2867

35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,298

You could save up to: £2992