A gad­get-lov­ing Q

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By PETER KEENAN

WANT a com­pact cross­over with a big­car feel – then get in the Q2. Audi’s baby SUV is a beauty with top-notch tech­nol­ogy nor­mally the pre­serve of much larger ve­hi­cles.

The Q2 may be the Ger­man car maker’s first go at a small sports util­ity ve­hi­cle, but with a track record of pro­duc­ing high-class mo­tors it was never go­ing to be a dud.

In­deed Audi’s newest mem­ber of the fast-ex­pand­ing ‘Q’ fam­ily is a multi-me­dia nerd’s de­light aimed at en­tic­ing younger buy­ers.

There’s a link al­low­ing your smart­phone to be­come part of the car, wire­less charg­ing to en­sure noth­ing runs flat and up to three in­for­ma­tion dis­plays if you ex­tend the bud­get to in­clude the op­tional head up sys­tem.

Also on the op­tions menu is a Tech­nol­ogy pack which at first glance may seem ex­pen­sive at £1,395 when you have al­ready shelled out just shy of £27,000 for the Sport model.

But don’t be put off as it gives you ac­cess to the 12.3-inch multi-mode high def­i­ni­tion Vir­tual Cock­pit dig­i­tal dash dis­play which re­places the nor­mal in­stru­ment panel.

This is a de­light as the driver gets a tech­ni­colour treat full of useful in­for­ma­tion while the cen­tre of the dash still has room for a sim­ple dis­play screen that can also fea­ture sat nav di­rec­tions.

The driver gets to choose what is dis­played and where, al­low­ing the tech­nol­ogy to be per­son­alised to your heart’s con­tent.

This also ap­plies to the in­te­rior as there are dif­fer­ent colour choices avail­able for var­i­ous bits and bobs as well as vari­able shades of am­bi­ent light­ing in the evening.

Com­fort­able and sup­port­ive sports-style seats not nor­mally found in a com­pact cross­over com­plete an ap­peal­ing cabin that of­fers plenty of room for four adults.

Prac­ti­cal­ity is as­sured by a large 405-litre lug­gage area which can be ex­panded to 1,050 litres by fold­ing the rear seats – with the boot floor able to be raised slightly to give a flat floor.

There are lots of cubby holes and handy cup hold­ers as well as good-sized door bins.

The ex­te­rior of­fers plenty of kerb ap­peal thanks to smooth lines, good use of con­trast­ing colours and natty al­loys. Be aware though that as the wheels get larger you use more juice and pol­lu­tion in­creases.

Emis­sions and av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion with the op­tional 18-inch wheels fit­ted here changes from 119g/km and 54.3mpg on 16 and 17-inch rims to 123g/km and 52.3mpg.

Thanks to Audi’s usual pol­ish the Q2 is a re­fined beast to drive with good re­sponses from the 1.4-litre petrol en­gine al­low­ing 62mph to be reached from a stand­ing start in 8.5 sec­onds on the way to a top speed of 131mph.

Spir­ited per­for­mance is one thing, but when pootling around town Audi’s Cylin­der On De­mand sys­tem can tem­po­rar­ily de­ac­ti­vate two of the four cylin­ders by clos­ing their valves, en­sur­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency re­mains at an op­ti­mum.

The ride is com­fort­able thanks to an ef­fi­cient sus­pen­sion soak­ing up most of the pun­ish­ment handed out by our pot­hole-rid­den roads while the han­dling is sharp and sure-footed thanks to good lev­els of grip and well-weighted, in­for­ma­tive steer­ing.

It all adds up to an ap­peal­ing pack­age – but be pre­pared to pay a bit ex­tra to get all the best fea­tures on the op­tions menu.

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