Light new Q2 no lightweight in specs
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.
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.