Audi Q2 Review 2022

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
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

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
Changing my Motability car - what should I buy?
"I’ve extended my Motability contract for my Audi Q2 for up to two years due to the long waiting list for a replacement. However, I was shocked at the vast increase in the initial payment, up from £1,399 to £3,775 for the same model. I have had Audis since 1992 and I am reluctant to change but finances are likely to make me change. I need to have an automatic and would like comfort, reliability, good fuel consumption and good spec. Not much I know. About £2,500 would be my top figure for a replacement. "
You'll get a Toyota CH-R for £2,695. It comes with a CVT automatic, is very reliable, good on fuel and has a strong list of standard equipment. The SEAT Ateca can be yours for less than £2,500 and has all of the above, but doesn't have the same cast-iron reputation for reliability as the Toyota. Reviews on both, here:
Answered by Russell Campbell
Why do I keep getting a tyre pressure warning?
"The tyre pressure warning came up on my Audi A3. I had it checked by a tyre fitter and they found no need to pump them up and reset the alarm. This happened a few more annoying times and it became quite frightening especially when driving on to a motorway. On changing the A3 for an 18 plate Q2 Audi Sport wheels, it started again, this time the rear off side. Second time the car went to an Audi main dealer and I was handed the technician's report with video. No charge and off I went. It has since come on again. Do I need a new wheel ? Are alloy wheels porous? "
Has the tyre actually lost pressure when you have it checked? If it has then it is likely the wheel has been damaged – though it's probably not porous on such a new car. If the tyre is at the correct pressure something has likely triggered the sensor, you may have hit a big bump or pot hole, although you should be able to reset the sensors. If that doesn't work, there's likely something wrong with the sensor.
Answered by Russell Campbell
What do you recommend as a replacement for a MINI?
"My step daughter is currently driving a four-door petrol MINI from 2015. She has been very happy with it but now wants something with more passenger space and more boot space but not too big. As she lives in the country and the access road isn't the smoothest a bit more ground clearance would also be helpful. She is a professional designer so the look will also be important. The budget is likely to be the value of the MINI plus £10,000. I was thinking a crossover vehicle might be what she is looking for but I am not familiar with what is available. Can you suggest a few models that might fit her needs please?"
If she likes her MINI, the obvious replacement is a MINI Countryman. It's a stylish crossover SUV with more boot space than a MINI Hatch. A Volkswagen T-Roc would be a good alternative, or the more premium Audi Q2. They're all very stylish cars with decent boots and enough ground clearance for a rough access road.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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