Nearly new buying guide: Audi Q2 | Autocar

5/19/2022 9:00:00 AM

This stylish compact crossover is now half its original price. We investigate

The Audi Q2 has been knocking around for some time now, meaning used prices are increasingly enticing - read our nearly new buying guide to find out more

This stylish compact crossover is now half its original price. We investigate

Sport, originally available for £1550 more than SE, adds 17in wheels, five selectable driving modes, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, sports seats and silver C-pillars.Sport and S Line gained a digital cockpit and an 8.3in touchscreen, while a new Black Edition added bespoke, black exterior styling.

A new top-rung trim, Vorsprung, received adaptive sport suspension, a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control. Meanwhile, the entry-level engine was also changed to a 1.5-litre petrol unit (again producing 148bhp). The diesel Q2 line-up was removed from sale earlier this year.

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9sec), and top speed is 155mph. All that power is certainly tempting but don’t expect it to be kind to you at the pumps. It's the modifications to the chassis that most obviously set the Competition apart, though. Earlier cars have three trim levels. For the Competition versions, however, both systems have been pushed aside and replaced with a new set of three-way adjustable coilovers. SE opens the line-up, with 16in wheels, a 7. The spring rate has been increased, the stabilisers stiffened and three-way adjustable dampers installed to"heighten the general driving experience and help shorten lap times".0in infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated mirrors and variable dampers. That shows us a gorgeous new EV estate is on its way, with the real one in 2024 looking ‘around 90 per cent’ like the one you see here, according to Audi designer Wolf Seebers.

Sport, originally available for £1550 more than SE, adds 17in wheels, five selectable driving modes, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, sports seats and silver C-pillars.  Power from the cars' twin-turbocharged 2. The upgraded suspension is paired with new forged and milled 20-inch Y-spoke wheels and standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes. Range-topping S Line cars originally commanded a £2250 premium over Sport and they feature more aggressive exterior styling, 18in wheels, LED lights at the front and rear, dynamic indicators, leather sports seats and ambient lighting. A 2021 update introduced several sharper styling tweaks and revised trim levels. The RS5 Competition gets from 0-62mph in just 3. LED lights, an electric boot, rear parking sensors and cruise control became standard on the new entry-level trim, called Technik. Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate v Audi RS4 Avant – junior estates go head-to-head The engine itself is unchanged – the twin-turbocharged 2. Sport and S Line gained a digital cockpit and an 8.1sec improvement – while the RS4 Avant Competition shaves 0. ‘The PPE platform offers us plenty of performance to realise such an RS6,’ says A6 marketing boss Niko Martens.

3in touchscreen, while a new Black Edition added bespoke, black exterior styling. Advertisement Back to top A new top-rung trim, Vorsprung, received adaptive sport suspension, a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control.9sec.1sec drop in the 0-62mph times, now 3. Meanwhile, the entry-level engine was also changed to a 1.5-litre petrol unit (again producing 148bhp). The diesel Q2 line-up was removed from sale earlier this year. 28 Also upping the ‘sportiness’, as the Germans might say, is a more vocal RS sports exhaust system and the removal of some of the interior’s sound deadening around the engine bay and dashboard, which will hopefully give the cars a bit of more aural character – an element that defined their V8-powered predecessors. ‘I mean, why not?’ replies Martens.

Need to know Prices started from £20,230 at launch. The highest-mileage Q2s can be found for as low as £10,000 now and cars with fewer than 30,000 miles on the clock kick off at £16,000. There are plenty of Sport cars at this price. While the notion of more expensive Competition versions of both of these cars with no extra grunt may initially disappoint, it’s their chassis that have the most to gain from a technical update. Expect to pay at least £25,000 for an SQ2. The Q2, along with the rest of the Audi line-up, received a renamed engine line-up from 2018. By.

So on cars from then on, you’re looking at 30 TFSI (115bhp), 35 TFSI (148bhp), 40 TFSI (187bhp), 30 TDI (115bhp) and 35 TDI (148bhp). Keep a close eye out for optional kit fitted to any prospective purchase. Plenty of used Q2s are packed to the brim with premium tech and other useful features. Audi’s 12.3in Virtual Cockpit and head-up display are well worth seeking out, as is nappa leather, a power tailgate, adaptive dampers and Quattro four-wheel drive.

Buyer beware Back to top Them’s the brakes, kid: A total of 3650 Q2s built from 1 January to 30 June 2017 were recalled because the electric parking brake could be released when using the clutch pedal. It’s a free recall: just check with an Audi dealership to see if a car needs work. Urban decay: Many Q2s will have been used in city environments, so check the wheels for scuff marks – especially on 18in and 19in alloys (the latter an option, or standard on Black Edition cars). Also keep an eye out for damage on the front and rear bumpers that might have been covered up. Leaky roof: Some drivers have complained of leaking panoramic sunroofs.

Problem areas include the top of the B-pillar in line with the sun visor. Our pick 1.4 TFSI: As well as offering competitive straight-line speed, this petrol engine is frugal – up to 44.8mpg on the combined WLTP test – and it is cheaper to buy than a 1.5-litre Q2.

Wild card SQ2: The pricey but powerful SQ2 has the best kit and, to our eyes, the most appealing exterior design. Top spec Sport: You’ll find your most used equipment here, such as sat-nav, cruise control and automatic lights, and Sports are abundant on the market. Advertisement .