The Audi Q2* combines agile handling with plenty of comfort and a high level of driving safety. The responsive suspension smooths out all types of uneven road surfaces, and the direct steering gives precise feedback. Straight-line stability is steady and sure; stability in curves is composed. Thanks to nearly 15 centimeters (5.9 in) of ground clearance, the Q2 also does well in rough terrain.
Four links each in the rear: the wheel suspensions
The front suspension, which has a track of 1,547 millimeters (5.08 ft), is a McPherson construction with lower wishbones and cast aluminum pivot bearings. Q2 variants with front-wheel drive use a compact, lightweight torsion-beam rear axle; quattro versions a four-link rear suspension with 1,541-millimeter (5.06 ft) track. The trailing links absorb the propulsive and braking forces, and their bearings are configured to be relatively soft for a more comfortable ride. On the other hand, the three wishbones per wheel, which handle lateral forces, are rigidly joined to the subframe to improve handling characteristics. The shock absorbers and coil springs are installed separately, which benefits luggage capacity.
Top technology: progressive steering
Progressive steering is standard in the Audi Q2. Its steering rack is designed so that the steering ratio becomes increasingly direct when turning. This allows the new Q2 to be steered agilely and precisely with little steering 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.
Five characters: Audi drive select
The Q2 can also roll off the assembly line with Audi drive select. Drivers can select from five modes that influence the driving characteristics: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual.
In the basic configuration, Audi drive select affects the engine characteristic and the power steering. The optional components S tronic – standard with the top engines – adaptive cruise control, cruise control, engine sound and suspension with damper control are also coupled to Audi drive select.
Enhanced dynamics: sport and adaptive suspension
As an alternative to the standard suspension with monotube shock absorbers, Audi offers a sport suspension that lowers the body by ten millimeters (0.4 in). It is included with the S line sport package. The optional suspension with active damper control is available in combination with the Audi drive select handling system. The twin-tube, gas-filled shock absorbers in this case include an additional electro-magnetic valve. It controls the flow of hydraulic fluid between the inner and outer tube. A small flow cross-section makes the characteristic firmer, and a larger one makes it softer.
The suspension with damper control operates within the mode specified by Audi drive select. It adapts within milliseconds to the driver’s style and the road conditions. It provides the optimal damping force for any situation – low for hard bumps; high to brace the body during fast cornering or when braking.
High-end system: Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC)
Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) integrates wheel-selective torque control, which perfects handling at the cornering limit. It made its Q-model debut in the Audi Q3*. For the Q2, the engineers have systematically updated all of the stabilization functions and traction-enhancing measures. Before understeer can even occur, finely metered brake torque is applied imperceptibly to the inner wheels. This causes excess torque to flow to the outside wheel. The Q2 can thus be turned precisely into corners approached at high speed – with excellent directional stability. This function and the interplay with the multi-plate clutch minimizes the tendency toward understeer at the physical limits. The result is significantly greater driving safety combined with greater driving pleasure. As with all Q models, the ESC can be deactivated via a two-stage switch.
An offroad mode is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. This guarantees optimal traction on sand, loose scree and rugged terrain. Offroad mode also adapts the anti-lock brake system and electronic differential lock to the respective surface. ESC can be deactivated completely in the second stage, underscoring to skilled drivers the sporty ambitions of the Q2. Wheel-selective torque control and the electronic differential lock remain active, however, to ensure optimal traction and stability.
Supreme control: the brake system
The brake system provides an immediate, taut pedal feel and can be precisely modulated. Depending on the engine version, the vented front discs measure 312 mm (12.3 in) in diameter; the solid rear discs have a diameter of 272 mm (10.7 in). The electromechanical parking brake is part of the rear axle brake system. It can optionally be expanded to include the hold assist, which enhances safety by preventing the Q2 from rolling after stopping on uphill or downhill slopes.
Lots of sizes and designs: wheels
Audi has put together an attractive lineup of wheels for the Q2. Standard are 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel trim. 16-inch aluminum wheels are optional. Customers ordering the Q2 in the lines design or sport get alloy wheels one size up and can choose from a variety of designs. Audi also offers 18-inch wheels. Audi Sport offers wheels in sizes up to 19 inches with not just different designs, but also different surface finishes.
All of the tires feature good ride characteristics and low rolling resistance. A tire repair kit and a tire pressure indicator are standard. Audi provides a spare tire upon request.
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.