Everything you need to know about the 2016 Audi Q2. Release Date, Price, UK Launch

In short in the flesh the Q2 is just plain gorgeous, it’s long and quite low in visual appearance and yet when you sit inside it you feel fairly high up. The styling for the roof profile accentuates the ‘cat about to pounce’ stance of the car, everyone, male or female will like it. It has a particular jewel-like air of intense desirability, its really rather special and something Audi are especially good at.

The headlights feature lighting elements that look similar to those on the A6 but are angled downwards in a manner unlike any current Audi. A broad grille seems similar to the rest of the range but has checkered bars unlike any other model. An Audi Q2 Performance ‘RSQ2' is expected next year.

You can find out about the Q2 on the Audi Q2 Forum

In profile, the high shoulder line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasise the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 metres tall and 1.79 metres wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 metres and a wheelbase of 2.60 metres.

Live Launch at the Geneva Motor Show

Video: At the Geneva Motor Show, the brand is unveiling the compact Audi Q2 — an urban car for everyday driving and leisure with a progressive design and youthful charm.

Technology from further up the range

Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up: adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

Audi Q2 on GitHub

Audi Q2 Interior

As befitting an SUV, Audi has ensured the Q2 has a raised ride height allowing good visibility and easy access for child seats or elderly passengers. Despite this, the car has a relatively low-mounted driver’s seat and steering wheel meaning it feels sportier on the move.

Audi Q2 Options

Adaptive dampers are available on higher-spec models, letting you choose from Stiff/Hard/Insert-Audi-ride-quality-joke-here. You get the idea. And every Q2 can be specced with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

Other goodies available, many at extra cost, include:

Virtual cockpit digital instruments
Head-up display
Audi Pre-Sense pedestrian avoidance tech
Traffic sign recognition
Lane-departure warning, active cruise control
Equipped for wi-fi hotspot provision

‘The silver roof “blade” — like the one on the R8 — comes in different colours depending on trim and gives the car a sporty, chopped look. SE is Manhattan Grey, Sport gets ice silver and on S Line it is titanium. The designers said no to roof rails because they would spoil the coupe-like roofline.’

Audi Q2 Release Date

The Q2 will be available to order in the UK in July 2016 with deliveries expected from October.

Audi Q2 Price

No firm pricing details have been announced yet, however we expect the Audi Q2 to cost from£22,000 when it goes on sale in the UK. If you want the full Audi experience you’ll probably struggle to get out of the showroom for less than 28k. Good news is that if you’re happy to spend big to get a premium item but want it in a small package, the Q2 offers more big-car features than any other small crossover — offering lots of semi-autonomous driving technologies, head-up displays and the aforementioned Virtual Cockpit.