Audi extends its Q family with a compact SUV. The Audi Q2* is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, bundling a progressive design with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on level of full-size class.
“In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with special design characteristics specific to this model. The car thus exhibits an independent character within the Q family,” explains Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.
Robust look: the exterior design
The result: a powerful SUV that is sharp and edgy. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grille in octagonal design that is positioned high as well as large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with color offset blades. This contrast accentuates the sportiness of the Audi Q2. The rear body terminates in a dynamic way with a long roof edge spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look. In a side view, the high window line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area.
The latter emphasize the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) tall and 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft), which means it will fit in any parking space.
Functional: the interior
The interior of the Q2, which takes up the taut and angular form language of the exterior, offers space for five. The four doors open wide, entry is comfortable and visibility is good, however seating positions for the driver and front passenger are sporty. The luggage compartment can handle 405 liters (14.3 cu ft) of cargo, and luggage capacity increases to 1,050 liters (37.1 cu ft) when the rear bench seat back is folded. Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle segment also serves as a through-loading facility – practical for transporting skis or shelving.
MMI navigation plus: user operation that is a lot of fun
Operating the Q2 is simple and ergonomic: The MMI screen is positioned high on the instrument panel as standard. Its size depends on the infotainment system that is ordered. Its functions are controlled by a rotary/push-button control, two buttons and two rocker switches on the center tunnel. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch tops the infotainment range. Its menu structure and the touchpad on the rotary/push-button control that allows scrolling and zooming make operating it a pleasure. Natural language operation and MMI search are just as intuitive. Often just a few characters need to be input to arrive at the desired function.
Brilliant displays: Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display
The Audi virtual cockpit is available as an alternative to the easy-to-read analog instruments. Its 12.3-inch screen displays highly detailed, brilliant graphics and offers two display modes: One focuses on the tachometer and speedometer, and the other emphasizes infotainment and/or navigation data. The view is changed using the multifunction steering wheel. In addition to the fully digital instrument cluster and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class has been implemented – the
head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct field of vision. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages.
Always online: Audi connect SIM and Wi-Fi hotspot
In May 2015, Audi entered into a strategic partnership with the Irish firm Cubic Telecom, a leading worldwide supplier of seamless connectivity solutions. The first fruit of this collaboration is the Audi connect SIM, which is available in a number of models including the new Audi Q2. This is a permanently installed SIM card, known as an embedded SIM or eSIM, which customers acquire in combination with the optional Audi connect equipment package. It brings the connect services on board, including navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View; travel, traffic and parking information; and access to Twitter and your email in-box.
The new SIM card contains an unlimited data volume for using these services. There is no activation process. The Audi connect SIM also permits roaming in most European countries, as it can automatically access the provider for the specific country, as necessary. This eliminates high, country-specific roaming charges and inconvenient roaming confirmations for the customer.
Independent of the integrated connect services, Q2 owners can also purchase additional data packages for the Wi-Fi hotspot, which is a component of the optional navigation systems. This allows passengers to surf the internet at attractive rates on their smartphones, tablets and other devices. If a customer selects a European data package, the data transfer also automatically works accordingly when crossing an international border – and thus when changing internet provider at fixed prices.
With the new SIM card, the use of Audi connect services is activated when the car is purchased – and in combination MMI navigation plus, is free for three years. With MMI navigation, use is included for three months or, for an additional fee, for three years. After this, customers can ask their Audi service partner to extend access for a fee.
Unlimited choice: infotainment
Attractive infotainment modules like the Audi smartphone interface round out the range. It links iOS and Android mobile phones to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto environments. The free Audi MMI connect app enables online media streaming as well as transferring a calendar from smartphone to MMI. The app for iOS operating systems also has the myAudi destinations function. It makes it possible to send the data of a desired navigation destination from any app to the navigation system, which then uses it for navigation. Music and acoustics aficionados will be pleased to find a Digital Audio Broadcasting tuner and the Bang & Olufsen Sound System. It features 14 loudspeakers and upgrades the interior with glossy anodized aluminum clips on the woofers. LED light guides shine white in the dark.
Full-size-class technologies: the driver assistance systems
The driver assistance systems for the Q2 come from the full-size class. Audi pre sense front, which comes standard, uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds.
The optional systems are also multifaceted and offer high performance. Audi has bundled the most popular ones in the assistance package, including adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function and traffic jam assist. The first system operates with radar support to maintain a desired distance to the vehicle ahead. Another highlight in the Q2, traffic jam assist, uses additional ultrasonic sensors and a front camera. It can also take over steering work in slow-moving traffic on well-built roads at speeds up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph). Audi side assist monitors lane changes by radar, and the video camera-based Audi active lane assist helps the driver to stay on track in the driving lane. If the driver does not react to the warnings from the lane departure warning system, the new emergency assist brings the Audi Q2 to a stop autonomously. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs graphically shows the driver speed limits, no passing zones and auxiliary signs.
The driver gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can maneuver the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors.
Wide range: three TFSI and three TDI engines
Audi offers a selection of six engines for the Q2: three TFSI and three TDI engines whose power outputs range from 85 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). The engine program follows the principle of rightsizing. This is about striking the perfect balance between vehicle class, engine displacement, power output, torque and efficiency behavior in everyday conditions. Engine displacements range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters.
The smallest gasoline engine in the Q2 lineup is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW (116 hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque from a displacement of 999 cc. Above that is the 1.4 TFSI (110 kW/150 hp) with cylinder deactivation COD (cylinder on demand). Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm (73.8 lb-ft) 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 liters and emits 119 grams CO2 per kilometer (45.2 US mpg and 191.5 g/mi); with the manual gearbox these figures are 5.4 liters and 124 grams CO2 per kilometer (43.6 US mpg and 199.6 g/mi).
The top gasoline engine is the powerful 2.0 TFSI (140 kW/190 hp), for which Audi developed a new combustion process. It enables the four-cylinder to realize the fuel economy benefits of a downsizing engine in part-load operation, while offering the benefits of an engine with large displacement at higher loads. This results in excellent efficiency and power behavior over the entire engine speed range.
The gateway to the diesel engines is the powerful four-cylinder with 1.6 liter displacement delivering 85 kW (116 hp). It consumes on average just 4.4 liters of diesel (53.5 US mpg), corresponding to 114 grams CO2 per kilometer (183.5 g/mi).
The top engine is the 2.0 TDI, which Audi offers at two output levels: a front-wheel drive version with 110 kW (150 hp) and a quattro version with 140 kW (190 hp) and S tronic. It is frugal despite agile performance.
New dual-clutch transmission: power transfer
Audi offers a six-speed manual transmission and the S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds in combination with all engines. Exceptions are the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI, in which a newly developed dual-clutch transmission is standard. It impresses with widely spaced gear ratios and a high level of efficiency that is attributable to a new type of oil supply and reduced friction.
Top solutions: chassis
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.
The top TDI and the 2.0 TFSI come standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Customers can also choose quattro with the 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp) – an attractive entry into the quattro world. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch with its electronic control transfers torque nearly entirely to the front wheels in normal driving, but it can redirect torque in a 50:50 ratio to the rear axle steplessly and lightning fast, if necessary. This is how the quattro drive unites driving pleasure and driving safety, taking them to a new level. Wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent sub-function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), rounds out the quattro range of functions.
The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between five modes: auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual. It influences a variety of vehicle systems, including the steering and gear shift characteristics as well as the optional suspension with adaptive damper control. With ESC Offroad mode and nearly 15 centimeters (5.9 in) of ground clearance, the Q2 is also well-suited to rugged terrain.
Particularly lightweight and torsionally rigid: the body
With the 1.0 TFSI engine and manual transmission, the compact SUV weighs just 1,205 kg (2,656.6 lb). 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.
Individual style: exterior and interior
Q2 customers can configure the look of their car according to their wishes in many aspects. Add-on parts, which vary according to the trim line, give the SUV a sporty or typical off-road appearance. The two lines design and sport are positioned above the base car. The Q2 is even further differentiated in the design selection or the S line sport package. The S line exterior package highlights the agile stature of the SUV.
Audi Genuine Accessories as either factory-installed options or retrofit equipment from an Audi partner offer additional customization solutions: add-on parts of carbon, the offroad style package and film designs for many areas of the body.
Customers also have many ways to express their personal style in the elaborately crafted interior. Colors like yellow, orange and red may be selected for inlays, sections of the seats and contrasting stitching. Inlays are also available in white plastic or brushed aluminum. Seat upholstery choices range from high-end fabrics to fine Nappa leather. At night, the optional LED lighting package makes the interior especially attractive. In the top version, LED light guides illuminate the sculpted inlays at the front of the instrument panel and the center console with homogeneous light. Drivers can use the MMI to choose from ten colors.
Prices: starting at 22,900 euros
The compact SUV rolls off the assembly line at the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt. It can be ordered from mid July onwards and will launch on the European market in fall 2016. The base price is 22,900 euros for the 1.0 TFSI.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.