Crisp, sharply defined corners and edges give the new Q2 a more confident stance. The polygon motif of the front and shoulder line styling now extends to the rear, which incorporates a new bumper design with an integrated diffuser insert, featuring large five-sided polygons.
At the front end, the octagonal Single frame is slightly lower, making the front section appear wider.
The design of the large implied air intakes is also more expressive, particularly in models equipped to S line specification and above, and the exclusive styling treatment that has always characterised these more performance-focused variants has also been made more distinct by the addition of narrow slits between the radiator grille and the bonnet that are reminiscent of the iconic Audi Sport quattro. New alloy wheel designs for most variants also contribute to the fresher image.
The new Q2 is a few millimetres longer than the outgoing model, at 4.21 metres. Its width (1.79 metres), height (1.54 metres) and lowest-in-class drag coefficient (0.31 with sport suspension) remain unchanged.
The Q2 range now gets LED headlights as standard, and Vorsprung models now come with Matrix LED units as standard. These house seven individual LEDs in a shared module that produce an intelligently controlled high beam light without dazzling other road users.
Ten light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components generate the daytime running light, while seven further LEDs are the light sources for the dynamic indicators.
Dynamic indicators are also standard at the rear in Vorsprung versions, and feature front and rear light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.
The colour palette now includes five new shades: Apple green makes its debut with Audi here, and Manhattan grey, Navarra blue, Arrow grey and Turbo blue are new to the Q2.
Depending on specification, the blades on the C-pillars which have always been a stand-out feature are either body-coloured or painted black, grey or silver, while the lower section of the bumpers will have a black grained look in Technik models, a Manhattan grey finish in Sport versions or a full body colour treatment in conjunction with S line specification and above.
The spacious interior of the Audi Q2 accommodates five passengers. The air vents and the gear lever knob, or S tronic selector lever, have a new look, the door panels are freshened by new fabrics and the seats offer more comfort now that electric four-way lumbar support is standard right across the UK range.
The sophistication of the on board infotainment technology also increases for UK Sport, S line and Black Edition models, which are newly equipped with the fully digital virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch binnacle display and MMI navigation plus with its 8.3-inch monitor controllable via rotary pushbutton or natural language voice control.
MMI navigation plus includes an LTE module for fast data transmission, and introduces the many internet-derived benefits of Audi connect into the Q2, including online traffic, weather and local fuel pricing information and Google Earth navigation mapping.
It also now includes the new features Audi connect emergency call and service, and Audi connect remote and control, which allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel fill level and range, for example, through the smartphone-based myAudi app. The transfer of data can be deactivated by the driver by selecting a new privacy mode in the MMI system.
Features common to all versions include powered tailgate operation, the Audi Smartphone Interface, rear parking sensors and cruise control, and on top of their visual and technological gains Sport, S line and Black Edition models are enhanced by additions such as front sport seats, those in the latter two variants finished with a cloth and leather combination upholstery, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
Black Edition specification also brings a black styling treatment for many exterior details, combined with larger 19-inch alloy wheels for maximum visual impact, while Vorsprung models take all of these benefits and embed even more luxury, technology and safety.
Fine Nappa leather upholstery and seat heating, a panoramic sunroof, Bang & Olufsen audio and an upgrade to dual-zone climate control soothe occupants of these top specification models, as do advanced LED ambient lighting and softly backlit inlays whose colour scheme can be selected via the MMI.
For the Q2 Vorsprung driver there is also a step up to adaptive sport suspension with damping control for increased comfort and handling reward, a rear view camera for easier manoeuvrability and the benefit of every other driver assistance system available for the Q2.
Over and above Audi pre-sense front, which is standard across the range and uses radar to observe the area in front of the car in order to avoid accidents or reduce their severity, Vorsprung specification adds park assist for automatic steering into and out of parking spaces, side assist blindspot monitoring, the rear cross-traffic assist reversing aid and the Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense rear collision prevention and mitigation systems.
The adaptive cruise assist system featured in larger Audi models is also adopted by the Q2 Vorsprung versions. It allows the driver to let the system largely take over the tasks of accelerating, decelerating and steering within a lane with the help of its frontal camera and sophisticated sensors.
To maintain automatic lateral guidance, the driver need only gently touch the steering wheel, which is part of the system, to prove that they are paying attention. The adaptive cruise assist operates across the entire speed range, and in combination with camera-based traffic sign recognition can initiate automatic deceleration and acceleration in certain situations, for example when entering and leaving towns.
At launch the new generation Q2 will be available with the powerful 1.5 TFSI petrol engine with its cylinder on demand efficiency system, which delivers peak power and torque outputs of 150PS and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft).
Further TDI and TFSI engines will be added before the end of the year.
All engines comply with the new Euro 6 AP emission standard, and the twin dosing technology of the diesel engines minimises NOx emissions. This is achieved through the use of two SCR catalytic converters, one located directly behind the engine and the other installed in the vehicle floor, which cover different operating situations and have complementary effects.
The Q2 with the 1.5 TFSI engine features a manual six-speed transmission as standard, with the seven-speed S tronic available as an option. When additional engines arrive some will be available in conjunction with quattro all-wheel drive based around a new generation multi-plate clutch, which transfers part or all of the engine torque to the rear wheels as needed.
The latest version is around one kilogram lighter than its predecessor while offering increased efficiency thanks to enhancements to various details such as bearings and oil supply.
Regardless of specification, the compact Q2 is an agile SUV. Comfortable yet well controlled suspension with a standard set-up is common to all versions except the Vorsprung models, which come with adaptive damping and sport tuning, while progressive steering is fitted without exception, its response becoming increasingly direct as the steering movement increases to optimise handling and vehicle dynamics during manoeuvring and on winding roads.
On rougher terrain ground clearance of almost 15 centimetres and Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) with an integrated off-road mode also serve the compact SUV well.
1st of September 2020
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