Is the S Tronic gearbox problematic?

My daughter is wanting to buy a petrol Audi Q2 with the S-Tronic gearbox. You often advise against particular types of automatic or semi-automatic gearboxes. Is this one likely to be reliable? I also understand that it comes with 18-inch wheels. Are these likely to give a harsh ride and would smaller diameter wheels be more desirable for everyday use? Kind regards.

Asked on 7 July 2020 by Roy W

Answered by Georgia Petrie
The S tronic dual-clutch transmission is reliable if well maintained. However, DSGs (which the S Tronic is) are very expensive to fix if they go wrong. We haven't had any reports of reliability issues of this auto gearbox in a Q2, but we have had reports of DSG issues in the part. The DQ200 DSG gearbox traditionally has been problematic.

A smaller set of wheels with bigger tyres will give a quieter, more comfortable ride - but 18-inch wheels shouldn't be too bad. I ran a Q2 for six months on 18-inch wheels and it was comfortable enough for everyday use:
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