Colin-on-Cars – The apple of your eye

Just one engine option is on offer for South African buyers of the new Audi Q2 that comes in 17 mm longer than before and showcases apple green as a new body colour.

Although marginally longer, the wheelbase of 2,60 metres, the width of 1,79 metres, and the height of 1,508 metres remain the same.

In terms of styling, Audi designers have applied the motif of the polygon, which already characterised the front and shoulder line, to the rear end as well where the bumper has an integrated angular diffuser insert with large pentagons on both sides.

The front has also been modified and the surfaces below the headlights have a more distinctive shape. The large implied air inlets, which are also pentagonal, also appear even more expressive, especially in the S line trim line.

In addition to the basic version, Audi offers the advanced and S line exterior trim lines. In the basic version, the attachments in the lower area of the body are grained black; in the Advanced line, they are painted in Manhattan grey, and in the S line, they are painted in the body colour. All lines include mirror housings in the body colour, and the front entries feature aluminium strips. The optional black styling package further enhances the Q2’s expressive exterior design with black accents and elements.

Even in the standard version, the revised Q2 illuminates the road with LED headlights and Audi will install the new Matrix LED headlights upon request.

The compact SUV is launched in the South African market with one engine offering. The 1.4 TFSI that powers the Q2 35 TFSI has an output of 110 kW and produces 250 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 8,8 seconds; its peak is 213 km/h. The vehicle is fitted with an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox.

In the basic interior, standard or sport seats are available with fabric upholstery or a combination of leather and leatherette (artificial leather). Standard seat upholstery includes script fabric in black. Sports seats are available in index fabric as standard and is finished off in black with rock grey accents. Sports seats can be optionally upgraded with leather / leatherette upholstery or as part of the S line interior package, these are finished off in black colour with rock grey stitching. The upholstery also features embossed S logos on the backrest in the latter offering.

Customers who order the contour ambient lighting package can choose from 10 colours to add visual lighting personality to the interior of the new Audi Q2. As part of this package, the decorative inserts within the cabin are able to light up as well.

Audi offers four distinct local equipment packages:

Comfort Package: electric tailgate; 4-way lumbar support; seat heaters in front; storage and luggage

compartment package with two rear USB’s.

Tech Package: MMI navigation plus; Audi smartphone interface; Audi virtual cockpit.

Black styling package: only available on the Advanced and S line models and includes Singleframe in black; front and rear bumper trims in black; exterior mirrors in black; side blade in black; 19-inch 10-spoke Y style wheels in black; sports suspension. This package is only available with the Advanced and S line models.

S line interior package: only available on the Advanced and S line models and includes decorative inserts in matte brushed aluminium; S line emblems; headliner in black fabric; interior aluminium look; pedal and foot rest in stainless steel; scuff plates with aluminium inserts in front and illuminated with “S” logo as well. This package is only available with the Advanced and S line models.

Standard equipment includes the progressive steering, which becomes more and more direct the further the driver turns the steering wheel. Since the model is front-wheel drive, wishbones and MacPherson suspension struts guide the front wheels and a torsion-beam structure is installed in the rear.

The sport suspension lowers the body by 10 millimetres (standard with the S line model). The Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables the driver to configure the drive, steering assistance, and other systems in five modes: auto, efficiency, comfort, dynamic, and individual.

With roughly 20 centimetres of ground clearance, the compact SUV also does well on unpaved roads. The ESC stabilisation control has an integrated offroad mode.

The new Audi Q2 comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan

Audi Q2 35 TFSI                        R545,500

Audi Q2 35 TFSI Advanced       R567,500

Audi Q2 35 TFSI S line               R581,500

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