Audi Q2 gets a refresh for 2021, including new drive trains

FOUR years ago, Audi put a trendsetter on the road with the Q2, and it was a huge success. Now the compact SUV is showcasing its progressive character with an even more striking profile, improved technology, and enhanced driver assistance.

The designers have now applied the motif of the polygon, which already characterised the front and shoulder line, to the rear end as well. The bumper has an integrated diffuser insert with large five-sided polygons.

The front has also been modified, with the surfaces below the headlights emerging in a more striking manner. The octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower, making the front section appear wider. Its insert also interprets the polygon motif.

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The advanced and S line equipment lines feature narrow slits between the radiator grille and the hood that are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro, an icon of the brand. The large implied air inlets also appear even more expressive, especially in the S line.

LED headlights now come as standard on the Audi Q2, and Matrix LED headlights are available as an option. Seven individual LEDs seated in a shared module produce an intelligently controlled high beam light.

For the reversing lights, customers can choose between two LED versions, with or without dynamic turn signal. If the Matrix LED headlights are on board, the dynamic turn signal comes as standard at the rear end as well.

In addition, the headlights and rear lights draw attention to the new Q2 with light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked. The colour palette of the compact SUV now also contains five new colours.

Apple Green is celebrating its premiere with Audi, and Manhattan Grey, Navarra Blue, Arrow Grey, and Turbo Blue are new on the Q2. The blades on the C-pillars are painted in vehicle colour or kept in black, grey, and silver shades, depending on the equipment line.

There is a choice of three versions for the attachments in the lower section of the body. Pitted black in the basic version, Manhattan Grey in the advanced line, and vehicle colour in the S line.

A spacious interior accommodates five passengers, with the interior design echoing the taut design language of their exterior. The air vents and the gear lever knob, or selector lever of the S tronic, have a new look.

Q2 customers can order the interior S line instead of the basic variant, and both interior versions can be combined freely with the three exterior variants.

With the optional ambient lighting package plus, the trim strip on the instrument panel and the knee pads on the centre console feature elegant back lighting.

The Dinamica microfibre material is a new addition to the range and will replace Alcantara. Audi has bundled all upholstery and colours into eight packages, four of which are assigned to the basic interior, while the other four are assigned to the S line.

The optional equipment is also bundled into packages, as this provides a better overview of the extensive range during configuration.

Whether it’s climate control, comfort, function, interior, infotainment, or assist systems, all packages have been compiled such that they accommodate the customers’ wishes. Audi will roll out this strategy in all model series in the future too.

Optional equipment on the Q2 includes sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, a height-adjustable front passenger seat, two-zone automatic air conditioning, and auxiliary heating. A power tailgate and a trailer hitch are available as options.

The display screen range is also structured in several levels. It extends from an analog instrument cluster and the MMI radio plus with DAB+ to the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3 inch diagonal and MMI navigation plus with an 8.3 inch display.

It is operated via a rotary push button on the centre tunnel console (MMI touch) or via a natural language voice control system. Modules such as the Audi phone box in two versions, with and without a charging function, round off the hardware program.

The Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, which drives 14 loudspeakers with an output of 705 watts, is unique in the small SUV segment. Meanwhile, the new Audi Q2 will offer five powerful drive trains.

The first to become available will be the four cyclinder 1.5 TFSI, which outputs 110kW and produces 250Nm of torque, delivering fuel economy of just 5.4-litres/100km. Further TDI and TFSI engines will be added to the lineup.

The Q2 1.5 TFSI rolls off the assembly line with a manual six speed transmission as standard, with the seven speed S tronic available as an option. Quattro all-wheel drive is available for some engine versions.

The new Audi Q2 is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2021. Further information on the model range, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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