NEW AUDI Q2 ARRIVES IN SA: Audi's latest SUV, the compact Q2, has arrived locally. Prices start from R434 500 for the 1.0 TFSI manual to R565 000 for the 2.0 TDI. Image: Wheels24 / Sean Parker
Cape Town - Audi South Africa has expanded its Q-family of SUVs with the addition of the new Q2.
The Q2 measures 1.51m tall, 1.79metres wide, 4.19m long with a wheelbase of 2.60m. The crossover weighs 1205kg.
Prices start from R434 500 for the 1.0 TFSI manual to R565 000 for the 2.0 TDI. Full prices at the end of this article. Only the 1.4 T engine is available immediately, with the 1.0 T and 2.0 TDI engines arriving in May.
The petrol engines are offered as standard with a six-speed manual. A seven-speed dual-clutch is optional on the petrol derivatives and standard with the 2.0 TDI.
Engines comprise of two petrol and a single diesel option. The smallest petrol engine in the Q2 line-up is the 1.0 TFSI 85kW/200Nm with a displacement of 999cc. Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 5.1 litres/100km.
The sole diesel engine on offer is the 2.0 TDI producing 105kW/350Nm only available in S tronic guise.
Next-up is the 1.4 TFSI capable of 110kW/250Nm mated to a six-speed manual. With S tronic, the engine consumes on average 5.2-litres/100km with emission of 119g/km; with the manual gearbox these figures are 5.4-litres and 124g/km.
Wheels24's Sean Parker, drove the 1.4-litre on the local launch in Cape Town: "The Q2 is a niche offering for city slickers who are drawn in by the Audi badge and lifestyle.
"The looks are different enough to make it stand out from the crowd and other Audi models. It almost looks like an A3 Sportback on stilts as it has 35mm more ground clearance over its sibling. The in-your-face grille is arguably the main motif of the Q2 with other cool aesthetic features like the C-pillar 'blade' available in different colours to the car.
A3 owners will find their way around the interior easily, and newbies to the brand will enjoy ticking the options list for things like Audi's 'virtual cockpit' instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control and system to help you park in tight situations.
"Out on the road, the only difference between the two models I drove were the gearboxes, one a self-shifter and the other a dual-clutch unit. For the purpose of the Q2: ferrying family's and things around, the S-Tronic is the only choice.
"The 1.4 T has enough gusto to keep up with traffic and was frugal enough on our launch route.
"Interior space felt cramped but perhaps that because my driving partner and I are quite big okes. A 405 litre boot, which increases to over a 1000 litres when the backseats are folded down is bigger than that of the A3.
"If you're wondering why Audi SA hasn't brought in an all-wheel drive model (they're offered overseas), remember that the type of person buying an urban crossover will hardly venture off the beaten track.
"For that fact alone, I can see why the Q2 will carve out a niche in SA."
The 1.4T FSI engine is available at launch in February in South Africa, while the 1.0T FSI and 2.0TDI engines will follow in May 2017. Additionally, a Sport trim line is available optionally on the 1.0T FSI, while this trim is standard on the 1.4T FSI and 2.0TDI.
Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests.
The Q2 is fitted with Audi's Virtual Cockpit (R8, TT and A4) which depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3" TFT screen.
In addition to the fully digital instrument cluster and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class can optionally be implemented – the head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct field of vision. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages.
There is a choice of two different MMI Navigation systems to choose from, a basic version or an advanced version. Both versions include Audi connect and Bluetooth streaming, the only difference being the MMI touch pad and the level of radio system. With Audi connect, many online functions are brought into the car such as Google Earth and Google Street View, point of interest search and the ability to turn the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.
Driver assistance systems
A number of sophisticated driver assistance systems are also available for the Audi Q2 for the first time in the A0 segment. Audi pre sense front uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds.
The driver also gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can maneuver the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot.
It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors. Adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist round out the offering of driver assistance systems available.
A limited run of Q2 Edition #1 models will be available late in 2017. The Edition #1 package will comprise of the sporty S line exterior package, body colour in Quantam Grey, C pillar in black with white rings, 19" black rotor wheels, LED headlights amongst other interior design enhancements.
The 1.0T base models:
• 16” alloy wheels
• 4 passive loudspeakers (front)
• Audi music interface
• Auto release function
• Blade in body colour
• Bluetooth interface
• Child seat anchor in front
• Cruise control system and speed limiter
• Driver information system
• Electronic stability control (ESC)
• Exterior mirror housings painted in body colour
• Folding rear seat back
• Front centre armrest
• Full-size airbags with deactivation switch for front-passenger airbag
• Halogen twin headlamps
• Headlight range adjustment
• Headlining in titanium grey cloth
• Inlays in diamond paint finish, silver grey
• Interior lighting
• Interior mirror with manual dimming action
• Light / rain sensor
• Luggage compartment mat
• Manual air conditioning system
• MMI radio plus
• Multifunction leather steering wheel in 3-spoke design
• Non-smoker's package
• Progressive steering
• Radio remote control
• Rear fog lights
• Seats in Script cloth
• Separate daytime running lights
• Space-saving spare wheel
• Start/stop system with energy recovery
1.0T FSI Sport, 1.4T FSI Sport and 2.0 TDI Sport equipment:
• 17” wheels in 5-arm‘Star’ design
• Aluminium door sill trims
• Aluminium front and rear bumper diffusers
• Blade in Ice Silver, metallic
• Front Sport seats
• Bumpers in full paint finish
• Index cloth upholstery
• Inlays in red paint finish
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI manual - R434 500
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI S tronic - R453 000
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport manual - R464 500
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport S tronic - R483 000
Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport manual - R511 000
Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport S tronic - R529 500
Audi Q2 2.0 TDI Sport S tronic - R565 000