Audi expands its crossover line with this compact Q

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Audi has finally put to bed the rumors of an addition to its Q lineup of SUVs. Introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Audi Q2 expands the automaker’s reach into the entry-level category of luxury crossovers.

Looking more like a high-riding hot hatch, the Q2 is a lightweight five door that helps usher in Audi’s new design styling. The front grille wears a new polygon shape while the C-pillar sports a “color blade” that can be customized, much like the first-generation R8. Six available engines, two transmissions, a bevy of safety equipment and driver aids, and Audi’s new glass gauge cluster make the Q2 perhaps the most tech-savvy option in the current crop of crossovers.

The technology extends into the unseen, as well. The Q2 is built from form-hardened steels that increase strength without adding excessive weight. Its size is fairly diminutive at only 13.7 feet long with a wheelbase of 8.5 feet. Its width is also tidy at 5.9 feet. Not only should this make the Q2 an outstanding performer in crash testing, but with a curb weight of only 2,656 pounds, the crossover should be a blast to drive.

Those passing judgment based on horsepower numbers shouldn’t be fooled – Audi says its engine lineup has been “right-sized” to provide the best power to weight optimization. The top performer of the bunch is the 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill that cranks out 190 horsepower. For turbodiesel fans, the 2.0-liter TDI is offered in two power levels, with the horsepower peaking at 190, matching the TFSI. Audi has not announced torque figures.

The Q2 is blazing new trails for Audi in the compact crossover segment, but with its light weight, tech-filled cabin, wide range of powertrains, and striking looks, it’s easy to foresee Audi’s domination over the competition.

Update 03/01/2016: Audi has officially debuted the 2017 Q2 crossover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi Q2.

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    six-speed manual
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  • Top Speed:
    136 mph (Est.)
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    Front Engine, AWD
  • Price:
    29000 (Est.)
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The 2017 Audi Q2 wears some very interesting sheet metal. Up front, the classic Audi grille has been redesigned with a more squared-off look. Larger honeycombs and satin trim further push the look into the upcoming decade. The satin trim extends to the lower fascia. It spans nearly the entire width of the vehicle, helping its 5.9-foot dimension seem wider to the eye.

A single line runs from the headlight and splits into two lines just below the A-pillar

A moderately sloped windshield meets a roof that slopes rearward toward the C-pillars. The decreasing height of the roof is met with the increasing height of the beltline. Just below the windows is perhaps the most interesting body line on the entire Q2. A single line runs from the headlight and splits into two lines just below the A-pillar. The two lines continue parallel, then merge back together just before the rear door handle. The flat space created by the parallel lines makes for a truly interesting statement piece.

Those not noticing the smaller details will first gravitate toward the C-pillar and its “color blade” design. Audi says it can be customized, though details on the color combinations are missing. The Q2 can be had in 10 body colors, however.

Large LED taillights dominate the rear and the satin chrome accent long the lower bumper. The rear window is somewhat small, and combined with the large C-pillars, will likely lead to a compromised rear view. It’s a good thing a backup camera comes standard. The lower section of the Q2 has a SUV-like trim piece that runs over the wheel arches and along the bottom of the doors. Speaking of wheels, they’re beautiful 19-inch, 20-spoke wheels coated in a silver metallic finish that makes the current trend of blacked out rims seem ridiculous. Other options are very likely, though Audi doesn’t mention anything is its Geneva-based press release.


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The minimalistic dashboard features four, round air vents, the pop-up infotainment screen, and the gauge cluster hood

The interior of the Q2 is typical modern Audi. The minimalistic dashboard features four, round air vents, the pop-up infotainment screen, and the gauge cluster hood. A satin chrome accent separates the upper and lower dash sections, while playing host to several switches on the center stack. HVAC controls are just below, with three simple knobs, and a row of intuitive buttons.

Further down, the center console has room for two drinks just ahead of the shifter. The Start/Stop button and radio volume button lie parallel near the shifter, with Audi’s MMI controls below. Two toggle switches, along with a Menu and Back button are the only hard keys found. All other inputs are done with the rotary control knob.

The Q2 utilizes Audi’s current fully digital, glass gauge cluster. The 12.3-inch screen is similar to the one seen in the TT and R8. The configurable display offers two main views – one with the speedometer and tachometer in prominent display, or the two gauges off to the sides with the entertainment or maps screens displayed in the center. The screen enhances the view of information, both important and secondary.

The interior pictured here showcases a new color scheme for Audi. The lower dash and door panels are accented with a teal color. The tasteful accent makes the cabin feel less dreary and dark, while adding a look not seen before in modern cockpits. For audiophiles, an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system pumps out 705 watts of power through 14 speakers. At night, the Q2’s interior is illuminated by LED light strips that glow white.


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The 2017 Audi Q2 has no shortage of powertrain options. It offers three gasoline and two diesel choices with two power levels, though Audi will likely determine what markets get which engines.

Starting off, the smallest gasoline mill is the 1.0-liter TSFI three-cylinder. Audi says it will be the best choice for fuel economy within the gasoline lineup. There’s also a 1.4-liter four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter four. Audi says it reworked the combustion process for the 2.0-liter, helping it get better fuel economy while sill making nearly 200 horsepower.

Audi has developed a new dual clutch transmission for the 2.0-liter TSFI and 2.0-liter TDI

On the turbodiesel side, the entry engine is a 1.6-liter TDI. The familiar 2.0-liter TDI makes its appearance here, as well, being offered in two levels of tune. The base tune offers 150 horsepower, while the peppier version kicks out 190 horses. We’ll update you when Audi releases torque figures.

Audi has developed a new dual clutch transmission for the 2.0-liter TSFI and 2.0-liter TDI. The transmission is said to have a new type of oil supply and a reduction in friction, but most details are still unknown. The other two transmission options include a six-speed manual gearbox and the familiar seven-speed, S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

The Q2 also offers the optional drive select handling system. It lets the driver choose between four modes for varying conditions. They include auto, comfort, dynamic, and efficiency. Each mode changes the powertrain’s calibration, including shift patterns, steering feel, and adaptive damper settings – when equipped. Audi says the Q2 is equipped for light off-road duties as well, with 7.9 inches of ground clearance and an ESC off-road mode.

TSFI Gasoline
1.0-liter three-cylinder gas 116 horsepower
1.4-liter four-cylinder gas 150 horsepower
2.0-liter four-cylinder gas 190 horsepower
TDI Diesel
1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel 116 horsepower
2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel 150 horsepower
2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel 190 horsepower


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Traffic jam assist works by using the front camera and parking sensors to take over steering duties in slow-moving traffic at speeds below 41 mph.

The Q2 comes loaded to the gills with active and passive safety systems. Audi’s pre sense front system recognizes potential hazards or pedestrians in the road and warns the driver. If necessary, the system will automatically brake, and if needed, bring the Q2 to a full stop from low speeds. Optionally, Stop & Go cruise control with traffic jam assist can be had, perfect for heavy traffic situations. Traffic jam assist works by using the front camera and parking sensors to take over steering duties in slow-moving traffic at speeds below 41 mph.

Audi’s side assist monitors lane changes by radar, while active lane assist uses a video camera helps the driver maintain his lane. The camera also recognizes traffic signs, displaying the speed limit, no passing zone warnings, and other informational signs on the digital gauge cluster.

There’s also rear cross traffic assist and a parking assist function that automatically maneuvers into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Of course, a full array of passive safety systems is found inside, including airbags and seatbelts.


The Q2 will become Audi’s most affordable crossover, which means it will be priced below the Q3, which currently retails from €29,600 (about $33,225) in Germany. Unfortunately, Audi has made no mention of the Q2 coming Stateside anytime soon. Audi will announce official pricing closer to the Q2’s on-sale date in the fall of 2016.


2017 BMW X2

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BMW is also planning a new compact crossover that’s also likely to arrive sometime in 2016. Dubbed X2, it will sit on the UKL1 platform used by the new 2014 Mini Cooper and 2016 BMW X1, meaning it will be available with either front- or all-wheel-drive. Power will come from a wide range of drivetrains, including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder and various gasoline and diesel 2.0-liter four-bangers. BMW is probably also considering an M version of the X2, but given both the X1 and X3 have yet to receive the package, it might take a while until we see an X2 M in dealerships.

You can read our speculative review of the X2 here.


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The 2017 Audi Q2 will undoubtedly make waves in the compact luxury crossover segment. Its forward-thinking design, digital dash, light weight, and comprehensive array of powertrains and safety systems should impress buyers. It’s a shame Audi isn’t likely to bring the Q2 Stateside, as its segment is gaining steam. Perhaps that will change as demand grows.

And though Audi has made no mention of it, we’d love to see an RS Q2 version in the future. Just imagine having 250 to 300 horsepower in this 2,600-pound, AWD crossover. That’s the same stuff hot hatches are made from. Heck, the current Ford Focus ST tips the scales at 3,200 pounds!

All that aside, the Q2 will undoubtedly be a big hit for Audi, especially in Europe.

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    • More high-riding hatchback than crossover

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Updated History

Updated 02/28/2016: Audi dropped yet another quick teaser video of the new Q2, press play above to check it out. We tried to freeze frame around 20 seconds in, but not much more than a blurry red mini SUV so far.

Updated 02/22/2016: Audi dropped a new teaser video for its upcoming Q2 compact crossover with just a few days before the official debut at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. Hit "play" to make an idea on how the Q2 will look like.

Updated 02/16/2016: Audi dropped a first teaser video for the upcoming Q2 set to be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the video reveals pretty much nothing about the car, but we can expect to see it out pretty soon, so stay tuned!

Updated 12/17/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi Q2 out for a new testing session, but this time during some cold weather testing in Northern Sweden. The model is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2016 and it will be followed by a more powerful SQ2.

Spy Shots

December 17, 2015 - Audi Q2 Caught Testing In Winter Conditions

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September 24, 2015 - First testing session

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Press Release

Audi is entering into a new market segment. In presenting the Audi Q2* at the Geneva International Motor Show, Audi is introducing an SUV that rounds out the Q family downward in size. At a length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft), it combines a youthful design with a high level of functionality and plenty of driving fun. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems come from the full-size class.

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The Audi Q2 presents a powerful and energetic image at first glance. Two large, powerfully contoured air inlets and the highly positioned Singleframe radiator grille clearly give the front end an SUV look. In a side view, edges and polygons accentuate the vehicle’s lines in a design language that is new at Audi. A special feature is the color-offset blade on the low-profile C-pillar that can be customized. Above the high shoulder line are the narrow windows which make up around one-third of the surface area relative to the metal surfaces. The flanks are drawn inward in the door area. They emphasize the wheels and with them the quattro character of the compact SUV. At the rear, a long roof spoiler, the strong curvature of the bumper and the diffuser in underbody-protection look create a dynamic finish. The latter element is differentiated according to the model line. On the left side, the exhaust system terminates in one or two tailpipes. Just like the wedge-shaped headlights, the rear lights can also be implemented in LED technology as an option. Audi can also supply dynamic turn signals at the rear.

Top-notch: driver assistance systems

The driver assistance systems for the Q2 come directly from the full-size class. Audi pre sense front – a standard on-board solution – can recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car by radar. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds.

The optional systems are also multifaceted and offer high performance. Audi has bundled the most popular ones in the assistance package, including adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and traffic jam assist.

The first system operates with radar support to maintain a desired distance to the vehicle ahead. Traffic jam assist also makes use of additional ultrasonic sensors and a front camera. It can also take over steering work in slow-moving traffic on well-built roads at speeds up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph). Audi side assist monitors lane changes by radar, and the video camera-based Audi active lane assist, supported by a video camera, helps the driver to stay on track in the driving lane. The camera-based traffic sign recognition system graphically shows the driver speed limits, no passing zones as well as auxiliary signs. The latest generation of park assist can maneuver the compact SUV into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. When backing out of a perpendicular parking space, rear cross traffic assist comes into play; it uses its radar sensors to monitor traffic behind the Q2.

Brilliant displays: Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display

Another highlight is the Audi virtual cockpit whose 12.3-inch screen shows highly detailed, brilliant graphics and offers two display modes: One focuses on the tachometer and speedometer, and the other emphasizes infotainment and/or navigation data. In addition to the Audi virtual cockpit and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class has been implemented – the head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct visual field. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages.

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MMI navigation plus: user operation that is a lot of fun

Operating the Q2 is easy and ergonomic as it is in every Audi. The MMI screen is positioned high on the instrument panel as standard. Its size depends on the infotainment system that is ordered. Its functions are controlled by a rotary/push-button control and two buttons on the center tunnel.

Topping the infotainment range is MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. Its menu structure and the touchpad on the rotary/push-button control that allows scrolling and zooming make operating it a pleasure. Natural language operation and MMI search are just as intuitive. Often just a few characters need to be input to arrive at the desired function. In addition, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch integrates a Wi-Fi hotspot. This lets passengers in the Audi Q2 surf the web with their mobile devices. The online services of Audi connect can also be accessed via the MMI touch – they range from traffic and parking-space information to navigation with Google Earth.

The flat rate data plan required for this is included, because together with the Audi connect feature European customers also get a SIM card (embedded SIM) that is permanently installed in the car. It also permits roaming in most European countries, because it can automatically access the provider for the specific country when required. Data packages can also be ordered for the Wi-Fi hotspot, independent of any integrated Audi connect services.
Unlimited variety: Audi MMI connect app and infotainment features
The free Audi MMI connect app also brings other services on-board. They include online media streaming and transferring a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. Using myAudi destinations for iOS operating systems, a desired navigation destination can be sent to the Q2 from any desired app. The customer simply uses the “Share” function and transfers the related data to the MMI connect app. Then MMI navigation plus can navigate to the destination.
The Audi smartphone interface links iOS and Android mobile phones to the Apple Car Play and Android Auto environments, thanks to the second-generation modular infotainment platform.
The Bang & Olufsen Sound System delivers a special sound experience with 705 watts of audio power and 14 loudspeakers. The woofers are highlighted by anodized aluminum trim; at night, LED light strips emit a white light.
Interior: high level of functionality
Wide-opening doors and a high door sill that is typical of SUVs offer convenient entry into the interior that provides space for five people. The driver sits in a sporty, low position relative to the steering wheel, like in an Audi sedan, but still enjoys the good visibility of an SUV. The luggage compartment can handle 405 liters (14.3 cu ft) of cargo, and luggage capacity increases to a full 1,050 liters (37.1 cu ft) when the rear bench seatback is folded. Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle segment also serves as a large cargo pass-through – practical for transporting skis or shelving.

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Systematic lightweight design: 1,205 kg (2,656.6 lb) unladen weight

The body creates the foundation for the vehicle’s rigorous lightweight design concept. The Q2 is 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) long, its wheelbase measures 2.60 meters (8.5 ft), and its overhangs are short. The SUV is 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide and 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) tall. With the 1.0 TFSI engine it weighs just 1,205 kg (2,656.6 lb). Form-hardened steels give the passenger cell a strong backbone. The noise level on-board is very low thanks to the vibration-optimized body and Audi’s high level of competence in aeroacoustics and aerodynamics. The base model attains a superior cd figure of 0.30.

Launch program: three TFSI and three TDI engines

Audi offers a selection of six engines for the Q2: three TFSI and three TDI engines whose power outputs range from 815 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). The engine program follows the principle of rightsizing. This is about striking the perfect balance between vehicle class, engine displacement, power output, torque and efficiency behavior in everyday conditions. Displacements of the engines in the Q2 range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters.

The following gasoline engines are available: the exceptionally efficient 1.0 TFSI (85 kW/116 hp) three-cylinder engine, the 1.4 TFSI (110 kW/150 hp) equipped with cylinder deactivation (COD: cylinder on demand) and the powerful 2.0 TFSI (140 kW/190 hp). Audi has developed a new combustion process for the latter, which enables the four-cylinder engine to realize the fuel economy benefits of a downsizing engine in part-load operation, while offering the benefits of an engine with large displacement at higher loads. This results in excellent efficiency and power behavior over the entire engine speed range.

The gateway to the diesel engines is the four-cylinder diesel with 1.6 liter displacement delivering 85 kW (116 hp). Positioned above this is the best-selling 2.0 TDI, available at two power levels – 110 kW (150 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp).

New dual-clutch transmission: power transfer

Audi offers a six-speed manual transmission and the S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds in combination with all engines. Exceptions are the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI, in which a newly developed dual clutch transmission is standard. It impresses with a large spread of gear ratios and a high level of efficiency that is attributable to a new type of oil supply and reduced friction.

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Top solutions: chassis

Progressive steering is standard in all versions; in this system the toothing of the steering rack is designed to vary the steering gear ratio according to the magnitude of the steering input. With large steering movements it is more direct, making driving more dynamic.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard with the top TDI and the 2.0 TFSI. Customers can also choose quattro with the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp) – an attractive entry into the quattro world. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch with its electronic control transfers torque nearly entirely to the front wheels in normal driving, but it can redirect torque to the rear axle variably and lightning fast if necessary. This is how the quattro drive unites driving pleasure and driving safety, taking them to a new level. The torque vectoring system complements its performance.

The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between four modes: auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency. With the MMI radio, the individual mode is added. Audi drive select has an effect on vehicle systems, e.g. it influences the steering and gear shift characteristics, and on the optional chassis with adaptive damper control. The Q2 is also well-suited to off-road conditions with the ESC Offroad mode and 20 centimeters (7.9 in) of ground clearance.

Individual style: exterior and interior

Q2 customers can configure the look of their car according to their wishes in many aspects. Add-on parts, which vary according to the trim line, give the SUV a sporty or typical off-road appearance. The two trim lines design and sport are positioned above the base car. The Q2 is even further differentiated in the design selection or S line sport package. The S line exterior package highlights the agile stature of the SUV.

In the elaborately crafted interior, customers also have many ways to express their personal style. Colors like yellow, orange and red may be selected for decorative trim and certain areas of the seats. The trim is also available in white plastic or brushed aluminum. Seat upholstery choices range from high-end fabrics to fine Nappa leather.

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At night, the optional LED lighting package makes the interior especially attractive. In the top version, LED light strips illuminate the sculpturally formed trim at the front of the instrument panel and the knee pads with homogeneous light. Ten colors are available.

Market launch: autumn 2016

The compact SUV is built at the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt, and it will launch on the European market in autumn 2016. Ordering will begin in mid-year.

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