Light new Q2 no light­weight in specs

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AUDI South Africa will of­fer a choice of two petrol en­gines or one turbo diesel for the seven Audi Q2 on sale lo­cally.

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.

With ESC Of­froad mode and nearly 15 cen­time­ters of ground clear­ance, the Q2 is also well-suited to dirt roads ter­rain. 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 cc. Claimed fuel con­sump­tion for this en­gine is 5.1 litres per 100km while it is ex­empt from CO tax­a­tion with emis­sions fig­ures of 117 grams 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 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 grams CO per kilo­me­ter; with the man­ual gear­box these fig­ures are 5.4 litres and 124 grams 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 Sport trim line is avail­able op­tion­ally on the 1.0T FSI, while this trim is stan­dard on the 1.4T FSI and 2.0TDI.

Prices start at R434 500 for the 1.0T FSI man­ual and go up to R565 000 for the 2.0 TDI Sport S tronic.

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The light Audi Q2 boast both good con­sump­tion and the brand’s unique dash­board. The seven mod­els sell from R434 500, which in­cludes a 5 year/100 000km Audi Free­way Plan.

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