The fourth member of Audi’s Q family has made its public world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Audi Q2 has taken an audacious new styling direction in an attempt to appeal to a younger target audience. Head of Audi Design, Marc Lichte says, “In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with model-specific design characteristics. The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family.”
The sharp lines and edges represent Audi’s intent on creating a bold and strong image for the new Q2. Particularly striking features include the octagonal grille, large air inlets and the sloping roofline that merges into the C-pillar with alternate colour blades.
The Audi Q2 also comes with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display. As well as this, the new model inherits driver assistance systems from larger Audi models. These systems include Audi pre sense front, which can initiate hard braking if a hazard is detected, cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.
Despite its new design, the Q2 retains all the most attractive features of owning an SUV. Good all-round visibility as well as 405 litres or 1,050 litres of boot space with the seats down is on offer. Optional practical features also include a power tailgate and a three-way split rear bench.
The Audi Q2 will launch in the UK with a choice of five different engine options. These consist of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI engine, two four-cylinder engines (1.4 and 2.0-litre) with a 2.0-litre TFSI option joining the line up in 2017 and two four-cylinder diesel engines with 1.6 and 2.0-litres of displacement. As well as the six-speed manual gearbox, there is also a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission available for all engine types.