Audi South Africa is proud to extend its Q family with a compact SUV, the all-new Audi Q2. An urban vehicle perfect for everyday driving and recreation, bundling youthful styling and technology with a high level of functionality. The sporty yet compact SUV with all road genes and coupé design is a new entrant into the premium A0-SUV segment of the market and it’s one all-rounder determined not to fit the boxes.
Its distinctive geometric design language exhibits a clear and independent character within the Q family creating a design that’s sharp and edgy. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grille in octagonal design that is positioned high and complemented by large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and emerges into the C-pillars with colour offset blades which accentuate the sportiness of the Audi Q2. The rear gains its sporty appeal with a long roof edge spoiler and an extended rear diffuser.
In the side view, the high window line is especially striking as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasise the wheel housings and thereby the Quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 metres tall and 1.79 metres wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 metres and a wheelbase of 2.60 metres. 12 exterior colours are also available in two colours, Coral Orange and Manhattan Grey, exclusive to the Audi Q2.
The interior of the Audi Q2 continues the angular design language of the exterior and offers space for five occupants. It instantly impresses with the top-quality materials and workmanship customary at Audi, as well as exemplary ergonomics. The luggage compartment can accommodate 405 litres of cargo and can be increased to 1,050 litres when the rear bench seat back is folded. Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle segment also serves as a through-loading facility – practical for transporting longer length items.
Once again, the highlight of the interior is the Audi Virtual Cockpit which depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel. In classic mode, the instruments appear as large as the usual analogue displays. In infotainment mode, a central window predominates that provides more space for the navigation map or shows clearly arranged lists for the phone, radio and audio sectors.
In addition to the fully digital instrument cluster and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class can optionally be implemented – the head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct field of vision. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages.
In infotainment, the new Audi Q2 once again sets new standards. The MMI radio plus with the non-retractable monitor is standard equipment. There is a choice of two different MMI Navigation systems to choose from, a basic version or an advanced version. Both versions include Audi connect and Bluetooth streaming, the only difference being the MMI touch pad and the level of the radio system. With Audi connect, many online functions are brought into the car such as Google Earth and Google Street View, the point of interest search and the ability to turn the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto round off the infotainment offering by seamlessly integrating into the car via the Audi smartphone interface system.
Driver assistance systems
A number of sophisticated driver assistance systems are also available for the Audi Q2 for the first time in the A0 segment. Audi pre sense front uses radar to recognise hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds.
The driver also gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can manoeuvre the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors. Adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assists round out the offering of driver assistance systems available.
Audi South Africa will offer a range of 2 petrol engines and 1 diesel engine for the Audi Q2. The smallest petrol engine in the Q2 lineup is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque from a displacement of 999 ccs. Claimed fuel consumption for this engine is 5.1 litres per 100km while it is exempt from CO₂ taxation with emissions figures of 117 grammes per kilometre. Both a manual and S-Tronic transmission is available on this model.
Above that is the 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW and 250 Nm of torque and also comes with cylinder on demand (COD) technology. Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm and while coasting when the 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 litres of fuel and emits 119 grammes CO₂ per kilometre; with the manual gearbox, these figures are 5.4 litres and 124 grammes CO2 per kilometre.
The sole diesel engine on offer is in the form of the 2.0 TDI producing 105 kW and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will only be available in S Tronic transmission.
The 1.4T FSI engine is available at launch in February in South Africa, while the 1.0T FSI and 2.0TDI engines will follow in May 2017. Additionally, a Sports trim line is available optionally on the 1.0T FSI, while this trim is standard on the 1.4T FSI and 2.0TDI.
Body and Chassis:
With the 1.0 TFSI engine and manual transmission, the compact SUV weighs just 1,205 kg. 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 Q2 boasts a superior cd figure of 0.30.
Progressive steering is standard in all versions – in this system, the toothing of the steering rack is designed to vary the steering gear ratio according to the steering input. With large steering movements, it is more direct, making driving more dynamic.
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 an adaptive damper control. With ESC Offroad mode and nearly 15 centimetres (5.9 in) of ground clearance, the Q2 is also well-suited to rugged terrain.
Individual style: exterior and interior
Q2 customers can configure the look of their car according to their wishes in many aspects. Add-on parts give the SUV a sporty or typical off-road appearance. The Q2 is even further differentiated through the Audi exclusive programme or by fitting the S line sports package.
Audi Genuine Accessories as either factory-installed options or retrofit equipment from an Audi partner offer additional customization solutions: add-on parts of carbon, the offroad style package and film designs are available for many areas of the body.
Customers also have many ways to express their personal style in the elaborately crafted interior. Colours like yellow, orange and red may be selected for inlays, sections of the seats and contrasting stitching. Inlays are also available in brushed aluminium. Seat upholstery choices range from high-end fabrics to fine Nappa leather. At night, the optional LED lighting package makes the interior especially attractive, LED light guides to illuminate the sculpted inlays at the front of the instrument panel and the centre console. Drivers can use the MMI to choose from ten colours.
Halogen lights are available as standard on all Audi Q2 models with LED headlights and dynamic turn signals available as an option.
A limited run of Q2 Edition #1 models will be available in quarter 3 2017. The Edition #1 package will comprise of the sporty S line exterior package, body colour in Quantum Grey, C pillar in black with white rings, 19-inch black rotor wheels, LED headlights amongst other interior design enhancements.
The 1.0T base models will offer the following standard equipment:
- 16” alloy wheels
- 4 passive loudspeakers (front)
- Audi music interface
- Auto release function
- Blade in body colour
- Bluetooth interface
- Child seat anchor in front
- Cruise control system and speed limiter
- Driver information system
- Electronic stability control (ESC)
- Exterior mirror housings painted in body colour
- Folding rear seat back
- Front centre armrest
- Full-size airbags with deactivation switch for front-passenger airbag
- Halogen twin headlamps
- Headlight-range adjustment
- Headlining in titanium grey cloth
- Inlays in diamond paint finish, silver grey
- Interior lighting
- Interior mirror with manual dimming action
- Light / rain sensor
- Luggage compartment mat
- Manual air conditioning system
- MMI radio plus
- Multifunction leather steering wheel in 3-spoke design
- Non-smoker’s package
- Progressive steering
- Radio remote control
- Rear fog lights
- Seats in Script cloth
- Separate daytime running lights
- Space-saving spare wheel
- Start/stop system with energy recovery
The 1.0T FSI Sport, 1.4T FSI Sport and 2.0 TDI Sports model will offer the following equipment in addition:
- 17” wheels in 5-arm ‘Star’ design
- Aluminium door sill trims
- Aluminium front and rear bumper diffusers
- Blade in Ice Silver, metallic
- Front Sport seats
- Bumpers in full paint finish
- Index cloth upholstery
- Inlays in red paint finish
The Audi Q2 will be priced as follows, standard with the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan and inclusive of all taxes:
- Audi Q2 1.0T FSI manual: R 434,500
- Audi Q2 1.0T FSI S-Tronic: R 453,000
- Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sports manual: R 464,500
- Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sports S-Tronic: R 483,000
- Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sports manual: R 511,000
- Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sports S-Tronic: R 529,500
- Audi Q2 2.0 TDI Sports S-Tronic: R 565,000