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On PA­Per, THe AUDI Q2 Is A COM­PACT sUV, BUT IT re­Ally Is sO MUCH MOre THAn THAT lA­Bel IM­PlIes.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / SEPTEMBER DEPARTMENTS - By Pierre A. Calasanz

The new Audi Q2.

Hard to be­lieve that it’s been 25 years since Mike My­ers (as the goof­ball Wayne Camp­bell in

Wayne’s World), won­dered out loud, “Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Pat­ten who said, ‘If you la­bel me, you negate me’?” Of course, it’s the Dan­ish philoso­pher who takes credit for the quote, which some­how sums up the global pub­lic­ity push be­hind the Audi Q2.

Ac­cord­ing the Ger­man car­maker’s mar­ket­ing gu­rus, the Q2 is “#Un­tag­gable,” and by that they mean it de­fies sim­ple de­scrip­tions, re­de­fines the genre, and smashes con­strict­ing la­bels. In some pub­lic­ity ma­te­ri­als, images of the beefy yet com­pact ve­hi­cle are ac­com­pa­nied by a few ques­tions: Is it a coupe? An sUV? A cross­over? let’s fig­ure it out then.

Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, the Q2 isn’t a coupé as it has more than two-doors. But take a look at the com­pact sUV’s de­sign his­tory and that “tag” will make more sense. Five years ago, Audi took part in the 2012 Paris Auto show and pa­raded a con­cept car, the Cross­lane—ba­si­cally an early ver­sion of the Q2, but with two doors. some­where along its de­vel­op­ment (over­seen by de­sign chief Marc lichte, who came aboard in 2014), the coupe con­cept was dropped and doors added—a very prac­ti­cal choice for car own­ers who usu­ally travel with more than one com­pan­ion.

so with five doors and a sporty look, the sUV cat­e­gory seems a bet­ter fit for the Q2. Given its size—4.19 me­ters long (that makes it shorter than the A3 sedan by 12 cm) and 1.51 me­ters tall (10cm smaller than the Q3) call­ing it a com­pact sUV seems jus­ti­fi­able. like other mod­els cur­rently sport­ing the Q des­ig­na­tion, the Q2 has a tall, al­most ver­ti­cally flat front nose, with the car’s an­gles gain­ing def­i­ni­tion as you reach the front roof pil­lars. From there, the roofline be­gins a slight down­ward ta­per end­ing at the tail­gate sec­tion, which ex­tends a short span be­yond the rear wheel arches.

On the in­side, it’s very much an Audi, too. The new­est baby in a grow­ing car fam­ily (it has the Q3, Q5, Q7, and Q8 as big broth­ers), it has a lot of im­pres­sive hand-me-downs in terms of tech­nol­ogy that

you wouldn’t nor­mally see in small cars. This trickle-down ef­fect ben­e­fits the Q2 owner, who can en­joy the high-tech 12.3-inch vir­tual cock­pit dis­play (for real-time driv­ing and road con­di­tions in­for­ma­tion) as well as the 5.8-inch mul­ti­me­dia in­ter­face (for in-car en­ter­tain­ment). Now that the mod­i­fied Anti-Dis­tracted Driv­ing law is in place, the vir­tual cock­pit elim­i­nates the need to glance at your phone for nav­i­ga­tion, as the map and direc­tions are dis­played in high def­i­ni­tion, safely and con­ve­niently in your line of sight. It’s also here where you’ll see when the safety fea­tures en­gage (such as the ac­tive lane as­sist func­tion) and also your speed, fuel con­sump­tion, and other cru­cial data.

The base Audi Q2 is pow­ered by an in­line three-cylin­der 1.0 liter gaso­line en­gine, with 1.4 and 2.0 ver­sions avail­able in the up­per range. Audi’s diesel en­gines are renown for their ef­fi­ciency, and per­haps you’ll con­sider the 1.6 TDI or 2.0 TDI for your Q2. An op­tion that most Audi en­thu­si­asts will cer­tainly or­der is the four­wheel-drive sys­tem—you know it as “Quat­tro”—made pop­u­lar by Audi’s all-con­quer­ing rally cars in the 1980s. Help­ing the Q2 in terms of the muchde­sired sports car feel is that the driv­ing po­si­tion isn’t as high as other SUVs—in fact, the steer­ing wheel height is pretty close to its sedan and hatch­back sib­lings so you feel much closer to the ground.

If you en­joy be­ing be­hind the driver’s seat, one fea­ture in par­tic­u­lar should grab your at­ten­tion: Traf­fic Jam As­sist. Adap­tive cruise con­trol on

steroids, it re­ally shines in slow­mov­ing city traf­fic. With its front radar and camera sys­tem, it mon­i­tors not only the car in front, but also those on your sides, and au­to­mat­i­cally con­trols your brak­ing, ac­cel­er­a­tion,

and steer­ing. In this city of long-suf­fer­ing mo­torists, Audi’s motto—Vor­sprung durch

tech­nik (Ad­vance­ment through tech­nol­ogy)—has never been bet­ter ex­em­pli­fied. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 0917.813.9064 or visit Audi show­rooms in Green­hills, Boni­fa­cio Global City, West­gate Ala­bang, and SM Sea­side City Cebu; audi.ph.

THIS triCkle-doWn ef­fecT Ben­e­FitS THe Q2 OWNer, WHO cAN eN­JOy THe HIgH­TecH 12.3-INcH Vir­tuAl

CoCk­pit diS­plAy (fOr re­Al­TIme DrIV­INg AND rOAD cON­DI­TIONS IN­fOr­mA­TION) AS Well AS THe 5.8 inCh Multi-Me­diA in­ter­FACe (fOr IN-cAr eN­Ter­TAIN­meNT).

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GREAt thInG, SMALL pACK­AGE From top: the boot has 405 liters of stor­age space; the in­te­rior is stream­lined and re­fined; the tur­bocharged fuel strat­i­fied in­jec­tion en­gine; sporty car seats; the all-new Audi Q2.

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