2021 Audi Q2 Review

5/5

Overview

The Q2 is a small crossover from Audi. It offers a level of style, class and features that other rivals struggle to compete with. There is a lot to like about it. It is good to drive, has plenty of room and Audi offer a wide range of options to suit you, as well as some tempting finance deals. 

Pros
  • Typical Audi performance and pedigree
  • Ergonomic interior design
  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Some interior materials not as robust as they could be

Exterior

It looks quirky, at least by Audi standards. It is arguably Audi’s most daring design yet and will not be mistaken for any other car in the range. The latest model has a more angular grille and fake vents that invoke the Quattro heritage. There is a wide range of bright colour options with contrasting rear pillars and graphics offering visual delights. Further options include oversized wheels and standard front and rear LED lights. 

Interior

Everything inside works as it should and is laid out with the usual German efficiency. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is typically fresh and precise while the sat nav and media systems all work wonderfully. If you are a little wary of dark Germanic cabins then Audi offer some cheery colour options. This feels more like a young couples car than a full-on family mobile but having said that there are still ISOfix points in the back and a decent sized boot. 

Performance

The 1.5 TFSI revs sweetly and is refined enough for motorway cruising while also having enough firepower to be sporty. The engine is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic across all trim levels. The S-tronic gearbox is an excellent choice as it is extremely quick to react and works smoothly. Alongside the 1.5-litre unit there is also the 1.0 TFSI. Despite lacking power on paper, it actually suited the car well, with plenty of punch and a quiet, refined nature. The 1.6 TDI diesel will be familiar to many VAG group drivers and the Audi will comfortably keep pace with most traffic.

Reliability

Audi’s recent reliability record is as good as you would expect and all new Audi with a three year warranty, two year unlimited mileage and cover in third year up to 90,000km.

Running Costs

There are five trim levels to choose from. Technik is the base, with Sport (17in alloys, sports seats), S Line (18in wheels, mild bodykit), Black Edition (19in wheels, much black trim, cloying flat-bottom steering wheel) and Vorsprung (leather, pano-sunroof, posh suspension, self-parking) above it. The cheapest Vorsprung is nearly 40 grand. 

Handling

It drives exactly as well as it needs to. When the VW Group launched the platform it’s based upon, the cars upon it all felt sharp and keen; Golfs, Leons and A3s suddenly handled with a newfound flair. The Q2’s steering is derived from the Audi S3 model making it feel meaty enough to put a smile on your face. The raised driving position makes it a doddle to drive around town while there is still a surprisingly small amount of body-roll. The steering is lighter and faster than a CX-3.

Safety

The 2021 Audi Q2 comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
70%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The Q2 is a small crossover from Audi. It offers a level of style, class and features that other rivals struggle to compete with. There is a lot to like about it. It is good to drive, has plenty of room and Audi offer a wide range of options to suit you, as well as some tempting finance deals.