Audi Q2 Review 2023
Audi Q2 At A Glance
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.