The Audi Q2: Off to new adventures
At first glance the Q2 already shows its muscles. With broad shoulders and angular styling, it is brimming with energy and confidence. The low roofline and high window line give the sporty car a coupe-like look and a crouching stance on the road. Especially striking are the wedge-shaped headlights, the high position of the Singleframe grille and the generously sized air inlets. The rear body has a taut appearance with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser with an underbody protection look. Behind the tailgate is a large luggage compartment with lots of space for sports equipment or plenty of shopping items. A power opening and closing tailgate is available as an option. A practical feature is a through-loading facility in the rear bench seat that makes it easy to transport skis or shelving.
The interior of the Q2, which takes up the taut and angular form language
of the exterior, offers space for five. The four doors open wide, entry is
comfortable and visibility is good, however seating positions for the driver
and front passenger are sporty. The luggage compartment can handle
405 liters (14.3 cu ft) of cargo, and luggage capacity increases to 1,050
liters (37.1 cu ft) when the rear bench seat back is folded. Options include a
power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle
segment also serves as a through-loading facility – practical for transporting
skis or shelving.
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 85 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. Engine isplacements range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters.
The smallest gasoline engine in the Q2 lineup is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces
85 kW (116 hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque from a displacement
of 999 cc. Above that is the 1.4 TFSI (110 kW/150 hp) with cylinder deactivation COD (cylinder on demand). Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm (73.8 lb-ft) and while coasting when engine speed is between
2,000 and 3,200 rpm. If the dual-clutch transmission is installed, cylinder
deactivation occurs sooner, between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm. With S tronic
the engine consumes on average 5.2 liters of fuel (45.2 US mpg) and emits
119 grams of CO2 per 100 kilometers (191.5 g/mi).
The top gasoline engine is the powerful 2.0 TFSI (140 kW/190 hp), for which Audi developed a new combustion process. It enables the fourcylinder 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 powerful four-cylinder with 1.6 liter displacement delivering 85 kW (116 hp). The top engine is the 2.0 TDI, which Audi offers at two output levels: a front-wheel drive version with 110 kW (150 hp) and a quattro version
with 140 kW (190 hp) and S tronic. It is frugal despite agile performance.
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 widely spaced gear ratios and
Prices: starting at 22,900 euros
The compact SUV rolls off the assembly line at the main Audi plant in
Ingolstadt. It can be ordered from mid July onwards and will launch
on the European market in fall 2016. The base price is 22,900 euros
for the 1.0 TFSI. a high level of efficiency that is attributable to a new type of oil supply and reduced friction.