2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150 S Line S tronic review pre-production

2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI
The new Audi Q2 was developed in Ingolstadt, will be rolling off a production line very nearby

Audi says the Q2 “can’t be pigeonholed” but we’ll have a go because, from where we’re standing, this very much a small SUV in the mould of a Nissan Juke or a Mini Countryman.

The line-up of engines kicks off with a 114bhp 1.0 turbo triple, although Audi reckons the bulk of buyers will choose either the familiar 148bhp 1.4 TFSI or the equally powerful 2.0 TDI.

Both of those engines are available with front- or four-wheel drive, while the range-topping 188bhp petrol and diesel motors are exclusively offered in quattro form.

It’s certainly firmer than the A3 with which it shares a platform. The standard passive dampers allow surprisingly little wheel travel by SUV standards.The upside of is fairly tidy body control by class standards – at least through tight, low-speed corners.

All versions come with Audi’s variable Progressive steering, which gives excellent manoeuvrability in town.By any standards, though, the Q2’s cabin is a suitably pleasant place to be.

Space remains priority Q2 is not exactly cramped inside.Lot more head room in the back,despite that swooping roofline, and just about enough knee room for taller adults. Boot space is marginally better than a A3 Sportback.

A pint-sized SUV with an Audi badge on it is as close to a guaranteed sales success as there is in 2016. And if you’re sold on the idea of a (slightly) jacked-up driving position, a swanky cabin and mildly butch styling, there’s every reason you might want to wait for the Q2 to arrive.

A more thorough assessment of the Q2’s dynamic prowess will have to wait until we drive a production version on European roads. Audi’s smallest SUV yet looks to be classy, practical and surprisingly good value – at least compared with the closest premium-badge-wearing competition.

Starting Price £26,000
Engine 4 cyls, 1395cc turbocharged petrol
Transmission 7-spd semi-auto
Horsepower 148bhp