Audi Q2 Review 2024

Audi Q2 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Audi's smallest SUV can barely be considered one, but as a raised-up alternative to traditional premium hatchbacks its a good buy. With a pleasant all-round driving experience, a classy look and feel and easy-to-use tech, only its relatively high price holds it back.

+Feels like a high quality car with user-friendly tech. Scope for personalisation. Good sized boot. Works surprisingly well with 1.0 TFSI engine.

-Looks a little expensive given its size. Firm ride with the biggest wheels. Not the most spacious small SUV around. Nearing the end of its life so makes more sense as a used buy.

New prices start from £23,340, brokers can source from £26,203
Insurance Groups are between 13–27
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

When the Audi Q2 first arrived way back in 2016 many people questioned why it was needed. After all, Audi already had the small SUV sector all sewn up with the Q3. But several years on from launch, as we revisit it in this review, it makes more sense than ever given the vast number of similarly-sized, raised-up models proving immensely popular with buyers. 

The Q2 has everything we've come to expect from an Audi. It's comfortable, quiet, extremely well-made and available with a decent amount of technology. But its pricing looks steep next to non-premium small SUVs such as the Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Roc - so you’ll have to really want that Audi badge to justify one.

The Q2 is an older design now, being loosely based on the previous-generation A3. That means it's smaller than you might expect, being substantially shorter than the current A3 and more similar in size to supermini-based SUVs. There was a facelift in 2020, but it's very light, mainly focused on raising the standard kit level. 

Inside, the Q2 is typical Audi, albeit from around five years ago. The dashboard is very classily and clearly arranged, with intuitive controls and a high quality feel, plus there are some stylish touches like illuminated inlays and posh-feeling air vents. Rear legroom is tight so taller adults might struggle get comfortable, though children will be fine.

There are no complaints when it comes to the boot, though. At 405 litres it’s bigger than you might expect, so there’s plenty of space for shopping, holidays or pushchairs, and more than you'll find in many A3-sized hatchbacks

On the road the Q2 drives in typical Audi style – with no drama and lots of competence. The handling is neat and manageable through bends, while the suspension treads the line between sporty firmness and comfort well, albeit with the occasional thump over a pothole if you go for higher spec models with larger wheels. 

The engine range includes a 1.0 TFSI petrol that is ideal in town, but the 1.4 TFSI feels more in keeping with the upmarket approach, especially if you're going to be using your Q2 with a full complement of passengers on board. There is also a 1.6 TDI and a 2.0 TDI but all are cheap to run, with competitive emissions and fuel economy.

Standard equipment includes some useful features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LED headlights. Earlier versions didn't come with cruise control as standard, but opt for a 2020-on models and there's a more comprehensive kit tally. 

There are larger crossovers like the SEAT Ateca or Nissan Qashqai on offer for a similar amount of money as the Audi Q2 - and they will represent better value for many buyers. But if you don’t mind spending a pretty penny then the Audi Q2 is a more upmarket and desirable alternative to compact SUV options like the Nissan Juke or Peugeot 2008.

We lived with a Q2 for six months - find out how we got on with it in our long-term test of the Audi Q2. Why not get a second opinion with heycar's Audi Q2 review.

Ask Honest John

Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q2 - which is best?

"I’m considering buying a 12-month-old SUV. I've narrowed my choice to the Mercedes-Benz GLA or Audi Q2. Which car would you recommend?"
Both good choices. We'd recommend the Mercedes GLA, though - it feels a bit newer (the Q2 has been on sale largely unchanged since 2016). Also consider the excellent new BMW X1, if it's within budget.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What is the best petrol alternative to a diesel MINI Countryman?

"What small automatic petrol car do you suggest to replace my wife’s diesel MINI Countryman for £17,000?"
If your wife likes her Countryman, a petrol version is the obvious choice. You should be able to find the latest model (launched late in 2016) within budget. Alternatively, consider an Audi Q2 or BMW X1.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Can you recommend an alternative to the Audi Q2?

"I like the look and performance of the Audi Q2. What similar models would perhaps be a better choice?"
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a very similar car underneath to the Q2, powered by many of the same engines. Its cabin isn't quite as nicely trimmed but it's a newer design, with fresher tech. We'd also consider the BMW X1 or X2, the MINI Countryman and the Mazda CX-30.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

Can you recommend a small SUV for towing?

"I'm looking to purchase a small/mid-sized SUV for about £20,000. We only drive about 8,000 miles per year so I'm guessing petrol but we do tow a trailer tent quite often in the summer months so it must cope with that OK. I'm looking at the BMW X1 or X2 or maybe the Audi Q3. I have not discounted going bit bigger so the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Kuga may be options."
The low-down grunt of a diesel engine will make light work of towing your trailer tent but it's not ideal for your otherwise low mileage. I'm guessing your trailer tent isn't particularly heavy, so a punchy turbocharged petrol should be able to tow it without too much effort. Depending on its weight, a BMW X1/X2 or Audi Q2 should be up to the job and they're excellent small SUVs. How about a Volkswagen Tiguan? It's not quite as premium as a BMW or Audi, but you get more physical car for your money. Take a look at the Skoda Karoq, too, if you're not fussed about the badge on the bonnet.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Audi Q2 cost?

Buy new from £26,203(list price from £30,915)