Audi extends its Q family with a compact SUV. The Audi Q2 is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, bundling a progressive design with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on level of full-size class.
“In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with special design characteristics specific to this model. The car thus exhibits an independent character within the Q family,” explains Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.
The model uses the latest interpretation of the corporate singleframe front grille featuring an octagonal layout while the front bumper hosts a pair of large air inlets. The side of the baby crossover shows a high shoulder line and plastic body cladding around the wheel arches while the slightly sloped roofline creates a sportier profile compared to other crossovers.
The latter emphasize the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) tall and 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft), which means it will fit in any parking space.
Audi offers a selection of six engines for the Q2: three TFSI and three TDI engines whose power outputs range from 85 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW 190 hp). The engine program follows the principle of rightsizing. This is about striking the perfect balance between vehicle class, engine displacement, power output, torque and efficiency behavior in everyday conditions. Engine displacements range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters.
The smallest gasoline engine in the Q2 lineup is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW (116 hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque from a displacement of 999 cc. Above that is the 1.4 TFSI (110 kW/150 hp) with cylinder deactivation COD (cylinder on demand). Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm (73.8 lb-ft) and while coasting when engine speed is between 2,000 and 3,200 rpm. If the dual-clutch transmission is installed, cylinder deactivation occurs sooner, between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm. With S tronic the engine consumes on average 5.2 liters of fuel (45.2 US mpg) and emits 119 grams of CO2 per 100 kilometers (191.5 g/mi).
The top gasoline engine is the powerful 2.0 TFSI (140 kW/190 hp), for which Audi developed a new combustion process. It enables the four-cylinder to realize the fuel economy benefits of a downsizing engine in part-load operation, while offering the benefits of an engine with large displacement at higher loads. This results in excellent efficiency and power behavior over the entire engine speed range.
The gateway to the diesel engines is the powerful four-cylinder with 1.6 liter displacement delivering 85 kW (116 hp). The top engine is the 2.0 TDI, which Audi offers at two output levels: a front-wheel drive version with 110 kW (150 hp) and a quattro version with 140 kW (190 hp) and S tronic. It is frugal despite agile performance.
Audi offers a six-speed manual transmission and the S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds in combination with all engines. Exceptions are the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI, in which a newly developed dual-clutch transmission is standard. It impresses with widely spaced gear ratios and a high level of efficiency that is attributable to a new type of oil supply and reduced friction.
The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between five modes: auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual. It influences a variety of vehicle systems, including the steering and gear shift characteristics as well as the optional suspension with adaptive damper control. With ESC Offroad mode and nearly 15 centimeters (5.9 in) of ground clearance, the Q2 is also well-suited to rugged terrain.
With the 1.0 TFSI engine and manual transmission, the compact SUV weighs just 1,205 kg (2,656.6 lb). Hot-shaped steels give the passenger cell a strong backbone and high rigidity. The noise level on-board is low thanks to the vibration-optimized body and Audi’s high level of competence in aeroacoustics and aerodynamics. For an SUV, the Audi Q2 boasts a superior cd figure of 0.30.
The compact SUV rolls off the assembly line at the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt. It can be ordered from mid July onwards and will launch on the European market in fall 2016. The base price is 22,900 euros for the 1.0 TFSI.