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2021 Audi SQ2 pricing and specs detailed: New Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, BMW X2 M35i and Mini Countryman JCW rival bursts out

The SQ2 will finally land in Australia in two months’ time.

Audi Australia has announced pricing and specification details for the eagerly anticipated SQ2, the Q2 small SUV’s performance flagship, which is due in showrooms in May.

Priced from $64,400 plus on-road costs, the SQ2 slots in below the related – and soon-to-be-replaced – S3 hot hatch ($65,800) and takes aim at the Mercedes-AMG GLA35 ($83,700), BMW X2 M35i (from $68,900) and Mini Countryman JCW (from $61,915).

Like its rivals, the SQ2 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, with its unit punching out 221kW/400Nm, meaning the GLA35 (225kW/400Nm), X2 M35i (225kW/450Nm) and Countryman JCW (225kW/450Nm) all outmuscle it.

That said, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system in tow, the SQ2 sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, putting it on par with the X2 M35i and 0.2s ahead of the GLA35 and Countryman JCW.

Standard equipment in the SQ2 includes sports suspension, variable-ratio steering, Matrix LED headlights with high-beam assist, 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers and quad exhaust tailpipes.

The SQ2 sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The SQ2 sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

Inside, a 705W Bang & Olufsen sound system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a sports steering wheel, front sports seats with ‘S’ embossing and diamond-patterned stitching, and Nappa leather upholstery feature.

As reported, the SQ2 has been on sale overseas since 2018 but is only reaching Australia now in facelifted form due to several delays.