4 months in the past, Audi AG gave us the primary particulars of a facelift and different revisions for the Q2, precisely 4 years on from the beginning of manufacturing. Now the revised variations of its smallest SUV are reaching showrooms. How for much longer will Mercedes and BMW, by no means thoughts Lexus, Volvo, Hongqi, Land Rover, Cadillac and others go away Audi to take pleasure in all of the spoils of this international phase?

Sure, Jeep is current within the 3.9-4.3 m lengthy SUV class however is the Renegade actually a premium product? Definitely the model may be thought of so in some international locations.

In comparison with the smallest Audi crossover, the Renegade is absolutely in a special class. AWD provides it a bonus over the Q2 but that additionally makes it extra of an SUV, whereas except for the brand new 4xe (PHEV) variants, pricing tends to be decrease.

Audi’s file yr

Audi additionally provides this mannequin in prolonged wheelbase and EV types though that is solely in China, these items settings it aside from any potential rival. The mannequin has additionally simply been singled out as an element within the model’s file worldwide deliveries for any quarter: 505,583 and the primary time greater than half 1,000,000 Audis had been delivered in any three-month interval. The made-in-China Q2 loved a 34% surge in This fall, serving to the marque to attain file gross sales in 2020.

Q2 – 100,000+ international deliveries

The little FWD-only mannequin does not promote too properly in its residence market, solely 13,251 having been delivered to German clients in 2020. Examine that to the 27,345 examples of its VW equal, the T-Cross. And but, contemplating what number of Q2s have been delivered to patrons all throughout Europe after which including in China’s Q2L and Q2 e-tron, we’re speaking someplace greater than 100,000 worldwide throughout what wasn’t precisely an amazing yr. Contemplating that stage of success, how can Audi’s rivals proceed to disregard the B-premium crossover class, significantly when, exterior China, there is not even an electrification choice for the mannequin?

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Dimension issues

So what makes the Q2 so interesting? Dimension has acquired to be a significant factor, the size being solely 4,191 mm, to not point out how handily slim it’s. What a pleasure to have any press automobile which slides so simply into the too-small parking bays of Britain (however sure, agreed, to those that would counter that so very many automobiles are excessively lengthy and huge). Although it is within the B phase, to get an thought of the scale, a VW Polo, which is not that small, is 14 cm shorter.

Audi has put the wheels pretty near the corners and that is allowed the wheelbase to be 2,601 mm lengthy (a Polo’s is just 2,564). Which implies, mixed with the Q2’s top, that is an exceptionally roomy crossover. It is also not too heavy (1,380 kg with no driver) due to the shortage of a rear differential or e-axle, one other pay-off being additional house for the sneakers of anybody perched on the center of the again seat. As for the the boot, that is a commodious 405 litres, and as much as 1,050 with the backrests flopped. The as-tested automobile got here with an area saver tyre at a price of GBP125.

Security bonus – no digital HVAC controls

Up entrance, the dashboard is the same old elegant affair we are able to at all times count on from Audi and bonus, penny-pinching masquerading as newer and higher screen-only controls is not current: there are many correct bodily controls to stop eyes being off the highway. You even get an actual key which slots into an ignition barrel. The electrical parking brake works completely properly, as does the transmission selector, the exact motion of which serves for example to the silent, obscure and harmful limbo which some manufacturers’ automobiles can go away you when shifting from D to N to R and again.

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The dimply-covered steering wheel is simply the suitable measurement and name me spoiled however the press tester’s had no heating. Nonetheless, the seats may be optionally (GBP310) specified with that luxurious.

Does it want quattro drive?

The steering itself does not give a lot kick-back when the throttle pedal is given a agency push so the shortage of quattro drive will not be an excessive amount of of a difficulty for many house owners. The 1.5-litre petrol turbo solely develops simply 250 Nm so torque-steer could be laborious to generate anyway particularly with what’s a properly matched seven-ratio DSG. Energy, by the way in which, is 110 kW or for those who desire, 150 PS.

Sum-up: thumbs up

The Q2 is a type of fashions which took me some time to heat to however now with the facelift I’ve modified my opinion of it. Upon seeing one for the primary time on the 2016 Geneva motor present I wasn’t certain. It was principally to do with that thick D pillar being silver if the paint was a darkish color. Now, it form of jogs my memory of a Citroen IS/DS and that is an excellent factor. Plus, the up to date vary of wheels are an enchancment and the automobile stands out, trying neither spinoff (as some accuse the e-tron of being) nor aggressive (a lot as they enchantment to me, the Q7 and Q8 aren’t universally cherished).

Audi actually was intelligent to create the Q2’s phase and deserves the resultant success. These answerable for different premium manufacturers will doubtless look again and ask themselves why they took so lengthy to provide you with fashions to problem the pioneering chief of the category.

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What’s subsequent for Audi’s smallest Q?

We might even see the German agency launch a Q2 e-tron in Europe or at the least a PHEV to make the most of the surge in gross sales of such automobiles. And the way a few Q1? Do not rule out a 3.6-3.9 m lengthy crossover for later within the 2020s, even when it is just for China and Europe: the Q2 is not accessible within the US or Canada so an excellent smaller Audi doubtless would not be both.

The Audi Q2 35 TFSI 150 PS S line S tronic prices from GBP30,420. Mixed consumption is 44.8 mpg and CO2 is 144 g/km.