Launched in France in September 2016, the city SUV from the firm to the Rings is benefiting from a mid-career restyling to refresh its style and harmonize it with the other models in the range. However, no mechanical optimization in the program. Only the technological update brings real interest.
Indeed, how to differentiate a restyled Q2 from the old one? Well, it’s not easy. The restyling only concerns part of the body kit: the grille becomes a little more aggressive while the front and rear bumpers are more akin to those of the new A3. There is thus a small lengthening of 2 cm (4.21 m). The look does not change, only the light signature reveals that it now incorporates Full LED technology (and Matrix LED as an option) as standard.
On the S-Line version, a slot appears between the hood and the grille for a more sporty look, reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro. It succeeded.
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Not much new on board either
The evolutions are even more subtle once on board. Only a trained eye will notice that the air vents and the gear lever knob are slightly touched up. We also note that a new microfiber coating replaces the Alcantara as well as a revisited mood lighting. But that’s strictly all. No need to search for the instrumentation unit or the multimedia system. Nothing new, or almost …
Indeed, Audi nevertheless takes the opportunity to update certain driving assistance systems, in particular by equipping the Q2 with the Drive Pack. The adaptive cruise control coupled with the lane keeping system thus improves the semi-autonomous driving experience.
Obviously, the trunk volume does not change with a variable capacity of 405 to 1050 liters once the bench is folded down.
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The 12.3-inch Virtual cockpit coupled with the 8.3-inch multimedia system is still as pleasant to look at as it is to use
No hybrid on the horizon
Since the end of 2020, Audi has expanded the Q2 engine range with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine of 110 hp and 200 Nm. Only available in manual gearbox, this 30 TFSI version allows the Q2 to start under the 28,000 euros mark. Interesting.
But our test model was equipped with the core block of the range represented by a four-cylinder 1.5 TFSI with 150 hp and 250 Nm. Called 35 TFSI, it opens access to the S-tronic7 box (option at 2,150 euros) much more pleasant on a daily basis.
No hybridization, even slight, in the program. However, this engine has “cylinder on demand” technology allowing run on 2 cylinders in casting pipe. The general approval is more exciting than the performance on paper (0 to 100 km / h in 8.6s). Indeed, the box is responsive and the covers are up to our expectations. However, with 1,305 kg to manage this block does not allow to reach the claimed consumption (between 6.0 and 6.5 l / 100 km). We rather turned around 7.5 – 8l / 100 km on average.
It will be necessary to move towards the Diesel 35 TDI of 150 ch to take advantage of the quattro all-wheel drive.
Do not take the sports chassis!
Unfortunately, this restyled Q2 does not ship much new (either) on the chassis side. And now it’s a shame! Because if you opt for the same configuration as our test model with the sports chassis lowered by 1 cm, you might be surprised.
Indeed, it only takes 10 meters on board to realize that this Q2 is not equipped with the latest MQB Evo platform launched in 2019 (benefiting the Audi A3, VW Golf, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia, etc.). On board a city SUV we expect a minimum of comfort. But for once it is not. The damping turns out to be excessively firm for this type of vehicle. And 17-inch rims fitted with low-profile tires don’t improve matters. However, we find the controlled damping system to select several driving modes. But nothing helps, even in Comfort mode it remains very firm!
Worse in our eyes, with the sports chassis we could expect dynamic behavior, at least. This would have made this Q2 an unprecedented offer in the segment. But even Dynamic mode fails to effectively contain cash movements. The roll grip is well marked and at each turn all the weight of the machine collapses on the front axle.
After having tried the very comfortable new A3, we are very disappointed on board this Q2 billed in the same price zone… Especially since since the restyling, the prices of the Q2 have increased a little : +900 euros in Design and +1500 euros in S Line Plus. We must also count the penalty. In 35 TFSI (approved from 133 to 144 g / km of CO2 rejected depending on the configuration), it varies from 50 to 280 euros.
Audi dares to offer 19-inch rims… The 17-inch rims of our test model are already pretty. But if you opt for the sports chassis, we strongly recommend the 16-inch to take advantage of tires with thicker sidewalls!