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Audi Q2 ESTATE SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic

Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
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Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
Audi Q2 SQ2 Quattro 5dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph4.8 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02159 g/km
  • BHP300
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D35%

Review

Shopping rockets used to be based on superminis and family hatchbacks. Now, increasingly, we're seeing a switch over to performance-minded small crossovers like this Audi SQ2. You get most of the dynamic drive of a hot hatch. With extra style and practicality. And, in the case of this Audi, a decent dose of quality too.

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The SQ2 shows just how much of a proper hot hatch a fast compact SUV can be. Jonathan Crouch considers its appeal.

Background

Audi's 'S' series of performance models is well established. The brand's 'SQ' range less so. Those two letters designate performance versions of the company's SUVs and the SQ model line was originated with the SQ5 of 2013, which was followed by the larger SQ7 of 2016. Curiously, there's never been an SQ3 to widen the scope for this sub-franchise - only a wild RS Q3 variant that few could afford. But in 2018, we did get this car, the SQ2, which really amounted to precisely that. With all the engineering ingredients we would have expected from an SQ3. Do they all add up here? Let's see.

Driving Experience

If you happen to be a student of Volkswagen Group performance models, you might be pretty familiar with the recipe on offer here. Namely, the award-winning EA888 version of the 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo engine in 300PS form. Plus 4WD and a DSG 7-speed paddleshift auto gearbox. Pretty much what you'll find in a Golf R. And exactly as you'll find it with this car's two similarly priced compact SUV Volkswagen Group cousins, the Volkswagen T-Roc R and the CUPRA Ateca. Or perhaps not quite exactly. Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers are optional (or in the case of the CUPRA, standard) on the other Wolfsburg models featuring this engineering package, but you can't have them at all here. Which seems something of an oversight on Audi's part. Unlike front-driven Q2 variants, quattro versions of this model like this one have proper sophisticated four-link suspension, but the ride of this SQ2 can still feel somewhat over firm on poorer surfaces. It's still properly fast though. There's an actual (not limited) top speed of 155mph. And the 62mph sprint from rest is dispatched with impressive ferocity in just 4.8s, with torque that keeps pulling like a train up to 5,200rpm, so when you put your foot down in just about any gear, the car spears forward. True, there's a touch more body roll through the turns than you'd get in a Golf R or an Audi S3 but you'd expect the fractionally higher driving position to deliver that. An arguably greater issue is the way that this exacerbates the lack of lateral support provided by the sports seats.

Design and Build

'S'-model Audis specialise in subtle yet potent visual adornment and the SQ2 doesn't deviate from this policy. Assertive air intakes in the front bumper feature unique vanes and can be ringed by broad, black accents. There's sports suspension which lowers the car 20mm further towards terra firma. And the rear end features no fewer than four exhaust pipes. Inside, there are the expected sports seats but they position you a little higher up than some ex-hot hatch drivers might like. This is one of Audi's older cockpit designs, but the circular air vents and soft moulded dash top still look good. Good enough though, for a £40,000 car? That might be a matter for more debate. In standard form, this model only gets a 7-inch centre-dash infotainment display, controlled via a rotary dial behind the gear selector. Most buyers though, tend to upgrade this monitor to the 8.3-inch screen that comes packaged with the brand's impressive Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Otherwise, though, things are much as they would be in any other Q2. Which means that rear seat space offers 650mm of legroom and 930mm of headroom. That's pretty similar to what you'd get in an A3 Sportback (comfortable for two adults but a squash for three). Out back, there's a 355-litre boot.

Market and Model

Audi wants just over £37,000 for this SQ2, which you might think sounds rather a lot but is in the same ballpark as the money being asked for comparable VW Group performance products featuring the same engine and performance recipe, cars like the Golf R, the CUPRA Ateca and the Volkswagen T-Roc R. Audi points out that the fee required for this 300PS SQ2 is only a couple of thousand more than the ritziest 'Black Edition' version of a Q2 40 TFSI quattro with the 190PS version of this same 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine. Unfortunately, you'll almost certainly be paying more than that to get the kind of SQ2 you'd ideally want. Almost all buyers of this model opt to pay the £1,400 more that the brand wants for its optional 'Technology Package, which includes a larger 8.3-inch centre-dash screen for the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system, along with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle. Other popular options include larger 19-inch wheels (£1,500) and embellishments like gloss black interior trim and privacy glass. You might also want to pay around £700 more for the 14-speaker 705-watt Bang & Olufsen premium audio set-up with its concert hall-quality 3D surround sound. The sports seats can be had in full-leather finishes that come with a choice of either 'Milano' or softer 'Nappa' hide.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures: up to 33.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. And 159g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. These are reasonable by class standards thanks to the use of a dual-clutch transmission which has an efficient type of oil supply and reduced friction. Depreciation figures should be as strong as they usually are on Audi models. It's a little disappointing though, that the brand sticks to its usual 60,000 mile limit on the three year warranty. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years. As for servicing costs, well Audi service intervals tend to range from every 9,000 miles for minor checks to every 19,000 miles for a full service. Further assistance in this regard is provided by a fixed price servicing plan that can cover you for between three and five years. In fact, this car can even book its own service appointments via an 'Audi connect safety and service' system app. As well as providing emergency calling and online roadside assistance, this feature can, at the appropriate time, send a service request direct to your local dealer. Another neat service your dealer can offer you is the so-called 'Audi Cam' system. Here, technicians carrying out workshop inspections on your Q2 can focus a hand-held 'Audi Cam' camera on specific problems, accompanying the image with a verbal diagnosis to create footage that can be sent to your computer or smartphone. That way, you'll know precisely what work you're authorising on your car.

Summary

Cynics dismiss the SQ2 as a 'copy-and-paste' facsimile of every other 2.0-litre turbo 300PS all-wheel-drive performance model in the Volkswagen Group's growing portfolio. But that's evidently what customers want: fundamentally sound engineering available in a variety of different flavours. The one on offer here is distinctly Audi in its presentation and if you like that, then you simply won't want a Volkswagen T-Roc R or a CUPRA Ateca as an alternative, no matter how much the motoring press tell you that they're all essentially the same confection. The SQ2 loses out to these two cousins in its lack of the adjustable damping option we think it needs. And it's a little smaller inside. But you can't help feeling that it's a slightly higher quality item. Or maybe it's just the badge on the front. But so what if it is? Sometimes, we just want nice things.

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Driver Convenience
Rear parking sensors
Audi drive select
Audi smartphone interface
Automatic start/stop system with recuperation
Bluetooth interface includes bluetooth audio streaming
Cruise control
Driver's information system - 3.5" colour display
Instrument dials with S logo
MMI SD card integrated nav with 3D map display, dynamic route guidance with TMC, MMI search, natural voice recognition and myAudi special destinations
Power operated tailgate
Progressive steering
Service interval indicator
Entertainment
8 passive loudspeakers
2 x SDXC card reader
Audi music interface - apple iPod, apple iPhone, USB storage media, compatible MP3 players, 2 x USB charging points and 1 x Aux-in
CD Drive
DAB digital radio and AM/FM radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller
Exterior Features
Aluminium door mirror housings
Matt titanium grey C-Pillar blade
Solid paint
Black window trims
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
Front and rear electric windows
Front windscreen with grey tinted sunband
Headlight washers
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
Interior mirror
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
LED indicator lights
Manual folding door mirrors
Rain and light sensors
Rear wiper
S design body styling - underbody protection, SQ2 - front bumper with S design inlets, rear diffuser in silver and roof spoiler
S design radiator grille with horizontal struts and SQ2 logo
S specific dual branch tailpipes on left and right in chrome finish
Interior Features
Leather/Alcantara upholstery with S embossed logo
Tool kit
3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles
60/40 split folding rear seat bench
Black cloth headlining
Dual zone electronic climate control
Electronically operated child locks
Floor mats with contrast stitching
Front centre armrest
Front headrests
Front sport seats with S embossed logo
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger with airbag deactivation and outer rear seat including top tether attachment point for outer rear seats
Manual seat adjustment including seat height adjustment for front seats
Stainless steel pedals
Storage compartments - Glovebox, cupholder compartment in centre console, storage compartment in rear centre console, front and rear door pockets
Three rear headrests
Packs
LED interior lighting pack - Q2
Extended interior upholstery pack - Q2
Non smoking pack - Q2
Safety
Black brake calipers with S logo on front
3x3 point rear seatbelts
6 airbags - Front, curtain and front side airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Extended and proactive pedestrian protection
Hill hold assist
Multi collision brake assist
Pre-sense front with pedestrian recognition
S model enhanced braking system
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning light
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Trim
Matt brushed aluminium trim inlays
Aluminium interior element
Wheels
18" 5 spoke V design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti theft wheel bolts
Central locking system with remote control key
Technical
S sports suspension with lowered by 20mm
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 159
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 192
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 194
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 192
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 85.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92.8
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 40.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 33.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 33.2
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 300
Coin Description TFSI Quattro
Coin Series SQ2
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 37E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 70
NCAP Safety Assist % 70
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.8
Engine Power - BHP 300
Engine Power - KW 221
Engine Power - RPM 5300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5-SPOKE V DESIGN
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1495
Length 4210
Wheelbase 2594
Width 1794
Width (including mirrors) 2009
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 55
Gross Vehicle Weight 2065
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1000
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 355
Max. Loading Weight 555
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1510
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.1

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £626.26 p/m £18.60 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £519.69 p/m £15.20 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £454.89 p/m £27.73 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £590.29 p/m £12.00 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £751.51 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £611.97 p/m £12.00 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £626.42 p/m £12.00 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £507.52 p/m £9.60 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £623.63 p/m £18.24 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £529.43 p/m £14.64 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £544.04 p/m £18.00 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £458.67 p/m £20.40 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £545.86 p/m £33.27 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £478.30 p/m £25.44 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £491.39 p/m £28.80 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist including rear cross-traffic assist £500.00
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
C-Pillar blade in body colour FOC
Crystal effect paint £800.00
Lockable and removable tow bar £725.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £875.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Privacy glass £375.00
Special solid paint £575.00
Interior Features
Fine Nappa leather upholstery with S embossed logo £600.00
Tool kit and car jack £25.00
Packs
Carbon style pack - Q2 £1,350.00
Comfort and sound pack - Q2 £1,195.00
Interior pack - SQ2 £900.00
LED interior lighting pack advanced - Q2 £250.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Crystal - Ara blue £800.00
Metallic - Floret silver £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Nano grey £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £575.00
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Special solid - Quantum grey £575.00
Safety
Red brake calipers £300.00
Trim
Fine Nappa leather - Black with rotor grey stitching £600.00
Interior pack - Fine Nappa leather - Magma red/Black with steel grey/red contrast stitching £900.00
Leather/Alcantara - Black with rock grey stitching FOC
Wheels
19" 5 arm rotor design sport alloy wheels in gloss anthracite black look with diamond cut finish £1,300.00
19" 5 double spoke design alloy wheels in gloss white with diamond cut finish £1,500.00
19" 5 twin spoke V design alloy wheels with diamond cut finish £750.00
Space saver spare wheel £100.00
* option prices shown are estimated