20/10/2020

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Audi Q2 2020 review, first drive

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The Audi Q2 is the most recent, and smallest, addition to the brand’s Q spouse and children of SUVs and crossovers in India. Audi has relished appreciable achievements with its luxury SUVs in India. Very first came the enormous, gen-just one Q7, adopted by the ‘right-sized’ Q5, and then the compact, but beautifully packaged Q3. Though all 3 have carried out somewhat nicely here, and the Q7 and Q5 are nicely into their next technology, the Q2 is distinct kettle of fish.

Audi Q2 Exterior Structure

Of course, it is an SUV, and obviously an Audi too, but unlike the relaxation of the spouse and children, it doesn’t quite comply with the identical regulations of arithmetic, or for that subject, geometric development. So, though the Q7, Q5 and Q3 use the identical essential method, tailored for size and spec, the Q2 is developed to enchantment to a distinct sort of purchaser. 1 who is younger in approach, additional appreciative of an edgy design and, importantly, a person who sees real merit in compactness.

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It is quite a forward-on the lookout design by Audi’s conservative criteria, but it isn’t definitely loud or in your experience either.

Though the Q2 is developed to be distinct, it is nevertheless an Audi, and thus isn’t a design that shouts out loud or draws focus to itself. That ice-cool, understated Audi manner is there in spades and the additional you search at the Q2, the additional you appreciate its chiselled functions. Though the Q2 may possibly only be 4.2 metres extensive, it has a strong shoulder line, carefully bulging wheel arches and quick roofline. And then there is the wide rectangular nose with its multiple trapezoidal specifics.

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‘T’ formed motif in headlight also witnessed in the tail-mild.

Audi designers have also supplied a good deal of interplay concerning mild and shade. The flanks of the Q2 search like they’ve been labored on with a giant chisel, and these scooped out sections search excellent, especially with their sharp cuts and ridges catching the mild. The ‘T’ formed pattern in the headlights and tail-lights also function nicely, and while the Q2 is neither an SUV nor a hatch, it is at ease in its personal pores and skin and not awkward on the lookout a illness experienced by a good quite a few crossovers.

Audi Q2 Interior and Options

The Q2 may possibly be tiny on the outdoors and only has as a lot house on the within as your average mid-size spouse and children SUV, but provided the shadow it casts on the ground, packaging is nevertheless good. There’s additional than adequate spot for those people sat up entrance, both entrance seats are particularly supportive and at ease, and finding the ideal driving position is also effortless. The India-spec car or truck, having said that, has no powered seats – a stunning omission, and there is no touchscreen either most likely in an effort and hard work to keep the value in check.

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Visibility out is superb seat is positioned at a top, and the A pillar is trim.

The somewhat elevated driving position, having said that, feels just ideal. Visibility up entrance is superb and the dash doesn’t seem to be too in your experience either. It is aesthetically satisfying on the within too. High-quality ranges are pretty much as good 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 top quality of the smooth-best dash and the match and finish of the numerous chrome features make this a cabin you want to contact and really feel all the time, and this is specially true of the nicely set-together flat-base steering wheel that feels excellent to hold. The knurled metallic knobs and dials on the centre console are also a delight to use, and while the LED inlay in the dash feels a bit gimmicky, the snakeskin-like impact is quite appealing.

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Medium-size sunroof brightens up the if not dingy and dark all-black cabin.

In addition, you get Audi’s Digital Cockpit – the configurable, entirely electronic instrument panel, a wireless charging tray in the elbow box and, while it isn’t quite panoramic, there is a massive sunroof too. Rear visibility, with those people enormous C pillars and the slot-like rear windscreen is very poor, while.

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Legroom is respectable but backrest is upright and the seat isn’t too at ease.

Now obviously, you wouldn’t get a Q2 to be chauffeur pushed in. That said, there is adequate house in the rear to be moderately at ease. Headroom is respectable, there is some surplus knee room, and due to the fact you can set your feet less than the entrance seats, you can even extend out a bit. The seat base is shorter, having said that, and the backrest is a bit upright, so no extensive drives with people today sat in the rear. And it also feels a bit a bit dark and dingy in the again. Also, though there are USB sockets in the rear, both are Style C models, so you will need adapters.

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405-litre boot is nicely formed and you get a house-saver spare tyre too.

Though the boot is nicely formed and effortless to load, and you get a respectable 405 litres, it is only significant plenty of to carry a pair of massive luggage in the again. Must you need additional house, you can fold the seatback down. So that you do not get stranded with a puncture, there is also a house-saver spare tyre positioned below the boot flooring.

Audi Q2 Motor and Performance

With all its electrical power and the taut chassis, the Q2 conjures up a good deal of thrills for the driver. A good deal of this is down to its 192hp electrical power output –strong plenty of for an SUV that tips the scales at just one,430kg. The 2.-litre engine is a acquainted just one. Powering all method of Audi, VW and Skoda items, from the A6 to the Tiguan AllSpace to the Octavia RS and every thing in concerning, this is just one of the most effective 4-cylinder engines close to.

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The Q2 is a pleasure to drive.

Idle is vibration cost-free and refined, there is pretty much no lag, and responses are so quick, it doesn’t really feel turbocharged. There’s no sudden spike in electrical power when the strengthen will come in, most likely down to the BS6 tune, but there is nevertheless is a obvious ramp up soon after 2,000rpm, and then efficiency rises steeply all the way to the conservative six,200rpm redline. What provides in to the practical experience is that the engine just enjoys to rev. There’s an enthusiasm here, as it winds up the powerband, that you’d ordinarily obtain only in a normally aspirated engine, and while the acceleration doesn’t quite throw you again in your seat, efficiency is nevertheless really urgent.

A swift exam we carried out discovered a -100kph time of eight.08 seconds, but with a more powerful launch, the Q2 has the potential to be a lot closer to its claimed time of six.five seconds. The Q2 also, expectedly, will come with a dual-clutch gearbox, which is swift on the draw in the course of standard driving, and allows you to snap through the gears neatly. What requires absent from the driving practical experience, having said that, is that at periods it can be reluctant to change down. This comes about just when you need it most when you need to brake, downshift and get into a corner, and this can be quite disheartening.

Audi Q2 efficiency (as analyzed)*
-20kph one.04s
-40kph 2.23s
-60kph three.66s
-80kph five.60s
-100kph eight.08s
-120kph eleven.79s
20-80kph (in kickdown) five.00s
forty-100kph (in kickdown) six.79s

*Performance figures not to Autocar India exam criteria

Audi Q2 Ease and comfort and Handling

What impresses is that the suspension rides silently in excess of various of the terrible patches we face. Though it’s quite absorbent, there is some sum of stiffness here, and this reveals up in excess of some of the sharper-edged bumps. Also, though there is a bit of roll in corners, physique handle in common is really good. In point, as soon as you get stuck in, it feels additional like a sporting hatch than an SUV. The extensive-travel suspension is saved on a tight leash and the Q2 settles down immediately soon after that original bit of roll. And due to the fact there is a good deal of grip, you can set the electrical power down quite nicely too.

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System handle in common is really good but there is some stiffness felt.

The steering could do with a bit additional suggestions while, and the Q2 starts to understeer if you thrust harder. Still, the driving practical experience in common is so satisfying, this is a car or truck you just love to drive immediately, be it in a straight line or close to a series of nicely meandering corners.

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The Q2 will have a niche enchantment for those people on the lookout for a bit of fun.

It is important to be aware, having said that, that though the badge on the grille says Quattro, this isn’t just one of Audi’s common, comprehensive-time all-wheel-drive programs. Not like the arrangement used on its larger sized autos, which use a longitudinally mounted engine and a Torsen-centered Quattro process, the Q2 is centered on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and so will come with a transverse engine, a entrance-biased set up, and an on-desire AWD process centered on a multi-plate clutch.

Audi Q2 Value and Verdict

At an predicted starting value of Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom, Audi’s imported Q2 isn’t for those people on the lookout for worth for cash. Not likely to be a rational choice, it is specific additional at self-pushed house owners who want a compact luxury crossover with good efficiency, effortless everyday usability and a high-top quality cabin. For your cash, you get a high-riding car or truck, an added dose of enjoyment thanks to the peppy petrol and fairly mild bodyweight (which, frankly, is central to its enchantment), and it feels agile from behind the wheel too.

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It must have been greater geared up at this value, and there will be a moderate facelift out internationally at close to the identical time the Q2 goes on sale in India, which clients are unlikely to be satisfied about. But if compactness is a virtue, and at periods it genuinely is, the Q2 could be the compact luxury crossover you are on the lookout for.

Also see:

Audi Q2 India movie assessment

Audi Q2 India launch on October 16, 2020

Audi Q2 bookings open up scheduling sum established at Rs 2 lakh

2020 Audi Q2 facelift will get delicate design updates

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