Audi opens Q2 order books with pricing that undercuts all premium compact SUV rivals.
The price of entry to the booming premium compact SUV segment is about to get a little sweeter, with Audi confirming a $41,100 starting point for the new Q2 ahead of its February showroom arrival.
Previewed in Sydney this week, the base Q2 will undercut the slightly larger Q3 by $1800, along with other entry premium SUVs like the Mercedes GLA ($1800), Infiniti QX30 ($7800) and BMW X1 ($8400).
The Q2 will also provide stiff competition for top-spec versions of mainstream branded models like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, which stretch to and $34,340 and $37,690 respectively.
The Australian Q2 line-up will be comprised of two tiers from launch, with 1.4-litre 110 TFSI petrol two wheel drive and 2.0-litre 110 TDI diesel quattro all-wheel drive variants. A 2.0-litre 140 TFSI petrol quattro will follow later, and all will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto as standard.
Audi is yet to confirm pricing for the two 2.0-litre models, but expect both to fit comfortably under $50,000.
Standard equipment will include pedestrian-recognising AEB that operates at speeds up to 85km/h, MMI multimedia system with sat nav, auto parking system and a reversing camera.
Features like Audi's virtual cockpit digital instrumentation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with side assist and active lane assist and rear cross traffic alert will also be available.
The standard styling pack shown in Sydney is the 'Design line', which includes contrasting high-gloss body details and 17-inch alloys. Like all Audis, several option packages will be available for personalisation.
The Q2 is slightly smaller than the Q3 in all dimensions, but still offers good interior space for four adults inside. The sloping roofline is countered with a sculpted headliner to leave useful headroom for average height adults.
The pre-production left hand drive two-wheel drive example on show in this week had a pair of cupholders at each end of the cabin, but bottle holders in the front doors only.
Also evident were two ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear, independent rear suspension and a puncture repair kit under the high boot floor despite there being room for a spacesaver.
Audi quotes 405 litres of cargo space, which expands to 1050 with the rear seat folded.
The Q2 is yet to score a safety rating from Euro NCAP or ANCAP, but Audi expects a maximum five stars from each.
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