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Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro 2018 review

For a small SUV Audi's managed to make it look less boxy than normal. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

For a small SUV, the Audi Q2 TFSI Quattro holds its own. It’s not your typical Audi in that it’s not a super luxurious sedan, nor a large super practical SUV, and competitors in this class are fierce - it’s up against the BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman. But Audi has used a few unique tricks to entice buyers into the car. 

I spent this weekend having a parent’s trip away (read: no children, lots of sleep!) and the size was perfect for the two of us pretending we were young and free. But how did it perform on the other five days when we were back to reality and the full family? Let’s find out. 

How does it drive?

Very nicely. The Audi Q2 TFSI Quattro is an all-wheel drive in petrol. It’s a fun car to get around town in - fast and zippy so you can weave in and out of traffic easily. It has a 2.0-litre engine and has power to get up hills really quickly. 

Put your foot down and it drives swiftly with great handling. The steering wheel is a bit stiff to start with but by the end of the week I didn’t even notice it. It all just feels really great to drive. Audi has nailed the gearshift, and it swaps gears so easily, which is something not every car company has spent enough time on and it is really noticeable.

It has a 2.0-litre engine and has power to get up hills really quickly. (image credit: Dean McCartney) It has a 2.0-litre engine and has power to get up hills really quickly. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

The small turning circle and the size of the car means you’ll have less trouble parking, I certainly appreciated it when it came to doing the school run and the tired old game of finding a park. It made life easier this week. 

There’s also a good reverse parking camera that has a 360 degree view so you can see where you are in space and helps with parking in tight spots. 

What does it look like?

From the outside it’s cool and it’s cute. Like a miniature version of its big brother, the Q5, it’s got nice curved lines and for a small SUV Audi's managed to make it look less boxy than normal. I drove it in Audi’s signature flat grey colour which I used to not particularly like but it’s grown on me. It’s modern and chic and looks good with any outfit (#priorities). 

The interiors are a tiny bit yin and yang, as it bounces from a surprisingly plastic finish on the dash and doors to the impressive leather seats and steering wheel, and the digital dashboard.

  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

Granted, the steering wheel I tested does not come standard with the car - it’s part of a 'Technik package' that costs around $2500. But it’s the steering wheel to get. It’s small with a flat bottom and makes you feel like you’re in a racing car, rather than a mini SUV. The leather is smooth and the whole experience makes every driving day a great day.

As a part of the Technik package, you’ll also get Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’, which is a fully digitised screen in front of the steering wheel with the speedometer displayed on a map of where you’re actually travelling. You can customise the view and it makes the whole car look swish and ultra modern.

They’ve focused on making the interior cool, rather than luxe, with a premium matt black finish around the centre console area and red metallic accents throughout which actually work really well. Together with leather seats which are comfortable and in the style we’ve come to expect from Audi, it makes for a funky interior that looks good and feels good, even if it does have some slightly lower-budget areas. 

How easy is it to use everyday?

I find smaller cars easier to get in and out of, but that’s probably due to my height, so as with everything, it’s a personal choice. There are two cupholders in the front, but none in the back. There is a bottle holder in each door and a small centre storage bin for keys and wallets plus pockets on the back of the front seats.

The best and most practical feature for a parent is the boot which opens with a hold of a button on the key - I can’t tell you how useful this is when you are loaded down with groceries (which seems to be the story of my life), you can open the boot on approach or as you leave, shutting the boot behind you.

How spacious is it?

The front was good for me and my 185cm husband, with enough leg and head room. It’s not as wide as a larger SUV so we were naturally seated closer together than we would be in a bigger family car but it doesn’t feel tight.

  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)
  • 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney) 2018 Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

In the back there is enough room for my two girls, aged four and six, to happily sit with enough space between them. You can’t fit a third car seat in there though, I tried with a baby capsule in between a six month to seven year seat and a booster seat, and it just wouldn’t squish. If your third child is out of a car seat you might be able to get them in the middle, and if all children are out of car seats you will be fine to fit three kids in. 

The boot is not particularly spacious. At 355 litres, it only just pips a Volkswagon Polo, but is around the same as a Hyundai Kona. A Mini Countryman has 100 litres more boot space than the Q2, and the BMW X1 is 150 litres bigger. 

So it’s on the lower end for a small SUV. Still, we were able to fit our two weekender luggage bags in, as well as one for the children as we dropped them off at their grandma’s before heading into the sunset for our weekend away. 

What’s the tech like?

With this Technik package, my test car’s multimedia screen was up-sized from a standard 7.0-inch to 8.2-inch. The car comes with Audi’s MMI sat nav technology which includes voice control and it has eight speakers, but you can upgrade to 10 speakers or even 14 if your heart so desires. The sound is pretty fab either way.

Voice control can be used to send texts and make phone calls so you never have to touch your phone while driving. (image credit: Dean McCartney) Voice control can be used to send texts and make phone calls so you never have to touch your phone while driving. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

Plug in your phone to be connected via Apple Carplay or Android Auto and your phone’s main apps will appear for use on the multimedia screen. You can also use voice control here to send texts and make phone calls so you never have to touch your phone while driving. 

How safe is it?

Safety features that come standard include airbags for the front passengers and side curtain airbags extending to the back row plus three top tethers and two ISOFIX points for car seats.

Audi offers an 'Assistance package' if you want other safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and park assist. (image credit: Dean McCartney) Audi offers an 'Assistance package' if you want other safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and park assist. (image credit: Dean McCartney)

You’ll also get Auto Emergency Braking, but you’ll have to buy the 'Assistance package' for $990 if you want other safety technology like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and park assist which will actually park the car for you (as in, take control of the steering wheel and manoeuvre it into a park) if you don’t trust your own parking skills.

What does it cost to run?

The Audi Q2 TFSI Quattro comes in at $48,500, before you’ve bought any packages. Claimed fuel consumption is 6.5 litres for every 100km. 

Audi offers a three year/100,000km warranty with every car, and servicing is due every 12 months/15,000km.


The Wrap

The Audi Q2 TFSI Quattro is a fun car to drive - either on your own, with a partner on weekend away or for a family. It’s not the biggest small SUV in its class, but it does fit a family of four and holds its own in other areas . It drives really well, has a cool interior and certainly makes it feel like you’re in a car that you like, rather than in a giant family SUV. 

I gave it a family rating of 7.5 out of 10, taking points off for boot space. My children also gave it 7.5, they really loved the red metallic accents on the interior.

Likes

Fast, fun drive
Excellent steering wheel
Good safety

Dislikes

Boot space
Some interior features

Scores

Nedahl:

3.8

The Kids:

3.8

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