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Audi’s compact premium Q2 SUV a funky design

I’ve just tested Audi’s petrol 2.0-litre TSFI 140kW Q2 SUV a top-spec 2.0-litre with seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic automatic.

This is a very classy premium package – Audi suggest its an urban adventure vehicle and its sits in the over $40,000 SUV premium segment against the likes of Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 and the slightly larger Audi Q3. However, the Q2 is funkier to the Q3, different in design and appeals to a different type of buyer. It really appeals to me with it more sharp edge lines, upright seat design and excellent ride quality. I can’t think of a better retirement vehicle for two people wanting a small and practical SUV with a premium touch. Audi in my opinion would do far better if they dropped the number of options they order on their vehicles. The test vehicle in standard form is listed at $48,500 however it had over $10,000 in options many of which are standard features on lower grade models. I like the all-wheel-drive nature of the Audi Q2 as well, great in the recent rain, sure footed with sharp steering with great feel. I enjoyed the 2.0-litre diesel Q2 but the petrol model is quieter, feels a little more polished and still retains nice torque – 320 Nm from 1500 revs right through to 4200. Performance is lively – with a 0 to 100km/hour time of 6.5 seconds. Small SUV’s continue to grow in popularity, sales year-to-date up nearly 25 percent on the same time last year – the small premium SUV segment has shown much the same growth. I’m David Berthon

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