A bold new take on the com­pact SUV

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

THE new Audi Q2 is now avail­able to or­der in the UK, ush­er­ing in fresh, func­tional de­sign and a bold yet fa­mil­iarly pre­mium take on the com­pact SUV class.

Fea­tur­ing a host of cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions de­signed to make ev­ery model stand out from the crowd, the Q2 also in­cor­po­rates a suite of Vor­sprung durch Tech­nik in­no­va­tions from the full-size class with a dis­tinct fo­cus on con­nec­tiv­ity and in­fo­tain­ment.

Prices start from £22,380 OTR, with more en­gines and an even lower pric­ing point to fol­low shortly, in­clud­ing an entry level three-cylin­der 1.0 TFSI and a 2.0 TDI with 190PS, the lat­ter in­tro­duc­ing the op­tion of qu­at­tro all-wheel drive.

From next month, Audi is also in­tro­duc­ing an en­tirely new and in­di­vid­ual spec­i­fi­ca­tion to the line-up – the Q2 Edi­tion #1.

Its in­di­vid­ual and im­me­di­ately eye-catch­ing road pres­ence is fur­ther em­pha­sised by the three spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els avail­able from launch – SE, Sport and S line. Both SE and Sport mod­els are equipped with con­trast­ing lower bumpers, side skirts and wheel arch trims in match­ing Man­hat­tan grey, while the sig­na­ture S line full body colour fin­ish fur­ther en­hances its dis­tinc­tive vis­ual ap­peal.

Entry-level SE ver­sions ben­e­fit from a raft of fea­tures as stan­dard. Among them is the Audi smart­phone in­ter­face, which sup­ports Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto dis­played via the MMI screen once a phone is plugged in via USB. A Blue­tooth in­ter­face is also stan­dard, as is the MMI ra­dio plus with MMI con­troller and heated, elec­tri­cally ad­justable ex­te­rior mir­rors.

Pro­gres­sive steer­ing is also stan­dard in the Audi Q2. Its steer­ing rack is de­signed so that the steer­ing ra­tio be­comes in­creas­ingly di­rect when turn­ing. This af­fords the new Q2 pre­cise and ag­ile steer­ing with lit­tle ef­fort in down­town traf­fic and on wind­ing coun­try roads. The elec­tro-me­chan­i­cally driven and thus highly ef­fi­cient steer­ing adapts its as­sis­tance to speed and works to­gether with the op­tional Audi ac­tive lane as­sist and park as­sist.

A strik­ing new­comer com­ing to the top of the Audi Q2 range next month is the Edi­tion #1, of­fer­ing a host of stan­dard equip­ment over the rest of the range. Fin­ished in unique Quan­tum grey with con­trast­ing lower body sec­tions in Man­hat­tan grey,

Along with the op­tional Audi vir­tual cock­pit and the head-up dis­play, the driver as­sis­tance sys­tems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi mod­els – in­clud­ing the Audi pre sense front with pedes­trian recog­ni­tion that is stan­dard. The sys­tem recog­nises crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions with other ve­hi­cles as well as pedes­tri­ans cross­ing in front of the ve­hi­cle, and if nec­es­sary it can ini­ti­ate hard brak­ing – to a stand­still at low speeds.

Other sys­tems in the line-up in­clude adap­tive cruise con­trol with Stop & Go func­tion, traf­fic jam as­sist, the lane-de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem Audi side as­sist, the lane-keep­ing as­sis­tant Audi ac­tive lane as­sist, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and rear cross-traf­fic as­sist.

Ini­tially avail­able to or­der with a 150PS 1.4 TFSI or 1.6 TDI en­gine pro­duc­ing 115PS, buy­ers can opt to equip both with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or seven-speed S tronic trans­mis­sion (1.6 TDI S tronic avail­able from Septem­ber). The 1.4 TFSI uses Cylin­der on De­mand tech­nol­ogy to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion by de­ac­ti­vat­ing the se­cond and third cylin­ders dur­ing par­tial loads and when coast­ing.

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