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A “Q” model for everyone

2018-05-17 06:00


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Audi has an admirable range of SUVs. Each of the models has their own specific application in terms of size but they all retain the inherent Audi design virtues and allow for a seamless transition from an urban runabout to an adventure touring vehicle.

The range consists of the large Audi Q7 decreasing in size to the Audi Q5, Q3 and Q2.


R1 094 000 

183 kW/600 Nm

0-100 km p/hour in 6.9 seconds

225 km p/hour

6.3 l/ 100 km

Now in its second-generation the Q7 remains exactly what Audi intended it to be, a spectacularly spacious SUV with impeccable comfort. The cabin environment is enormous, with sufficient seating for seven adults, or alternatively, secure fastening for three Isofix child seats. Luggage capacity is particularly generous too, at 890 to 2075 litres. The vehicle also has the largest interior in its segment. The turbodiesel engine’s fuel economy and 75 litre tank capacity gifts the Audi Q7 with impressive long-distance driving endurance.

Audi’s virtual cockpit brings a peerless level of digitisation to the Q7’s instrumentation, which means less eye fatigue when driving long distances, especially at night. Best of all is the adaptive air suspension system, which offers Q7 drivers’ unparalleled comfort and cornering stability, endowing Audi’s largest SUV with gravel travel ability and superb ride characteristics on tarred roads too.


R1 053 000 

260 kW/ 500 Nm

0-100 k p/hour in 5.4 seconds

250 km p/hour

8.3l/ 100km

Audi’s most popular and best-selling SUV in the local market, the Q5 is also in its second-generation. The most significant new features include quattro drive with ultra-technology, highly efficient engines and an extensive array of infotainment and assistance systems. The styling elegance which typified the first-generation Q5 has evolved and the cabin remains true to Audi’s mastery of seamless ergonomics, impressive comfort and slick digitisation.

The SQ5 derivative is Audi’s mid-sized performance SUV featuring a turbocharged 3-litre V6 engine boosting to 260kW. Quattro all-wheel drive and a brilliantly intuitive eight-speed automatic transmission ensure traction on all road surfaces. The differentials and gearbox also happen to combine rather excellently and extract all possible performance from that V6 engine. The SQ5’s benchmark 0-100 km p/hour sprint time is a mere 5.4 seconds. To guarantee cornering agility when harnessing its performance, SQ5 has an optional sports differential too. Audi’s S-specific honeycomb grille, a reshaped, sporty bumper, LED lighting technology and twin-exhausts differentiate the SQ5 from its less sportier Q5 derivative.


R607 500 

135 kW/ 380 Nm

0-100 km p/hour in 7.9 seconds

219 km p/hour

5.3l/ 100km

The sporty character of the Q3 is apparent at first glance. The coupe-like body line with a wrap-around tailgate emphasize its dynamics. The Audi Q3 is the premium SUV in a compact form. It is sporty, efficient and versatile – an urban vehicle that is equally at home on or off the road. Inside, the Audi Q3 offers plenty of room, with high-quality workmanship and good ergonomics that reinforce its premium status. The luggage compartment has a basic volume of 460 litres which increases to 1,365 litres when the rear seat backrests are folded down. The 2.0 TDI quattro with its S tronic transmission offers a good variety of standard specification such as Xenon headlights, cruise control, electric mirrors and hill-start assist, to name a few features.

Q2 1.0 TFSI S tronic

R457 000

85 kW/ 200 Nm

0-100 km p/hour in 10.5 seconds

194 km p/hour

5.1 l/ 100 km

Q2 is Audi’s most compact SUV. The Audi Q2 is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, combining a progressive design, tremendously fun driving and a high level of functionality. The compact SUV’s connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on a similar level to that of a full-size SUV. The design: rugged and youthful. The engines: powerful and efficient. The handling: sporty and agile. The equipment: functional and diverse. The Audi Q2 combines characteristic SUV features with the agility of a compact sports car with a length of 4.19 metres in size.

Q2 customers can configure the look of their car according to their wishes in many aspects. Add-on parts give the SUV a sporty or typical off-road appearance. The Q2 is even further differentiated by fitting the S line sport package. Customers also have many ways to express their personal style in the elaborately crafted interior. Colours like yellow, orange and red may be selected for inlays, sections of the seats and contrasting stitching. At night, the optional LED lighting package makes the interior especially attractive; LED light guides illuminate the front of the instrument panel and the centre console. Drivers can choose from ten colours. Halogen lights are available as standard on all Audi Q2 models with LED headlights and dynamic turn signals available as an option.

The smallest petrol engine in the Q2 range is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque from a displacement of 999 cc.

Capable of inner-city commuting and weekend gravel travelling, Q2 perfectly captures the sense of purpose for those youthful entrepreneurs and thought leaders who work in the city but play in the realm way beyond it over weekends.

This content sponsored by Audi and co-created with Brandstudio24 for Wheels24.

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