2018 Audi Q2 First Drive

Audi is not ashamed to market its baby SUV, the 2018 Audi Q2 to an old-fashioned young demographic. It is also uncompromising on the smallest SUV in its stable Q3 bastardising sales now aging, and slightly larger.

More than the engine, it features a body-colored paint, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather interior trim, dual-zone climate control and a 7.0-inch color touch screen inches with satellite connectivity, Bluetooth and smartphone.

Like the A3 on which it shares its fundamentals, the dashboard layout is both great looking and functional to use with good small storage and the latest connectivity. It looks really premium when equipped with the Optional 12.3-inch digital instrument The multicolored ambient lighting that hides behind some of the trim elements adds a splash of color to the cabin.

In terms of safety, it offers an automated emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, six airbags and basic electronic driving aids. But it can be equipped with additional features as part of the $ 990 Assist Pack that combines adaptive speed control with congestion assistance, active lane assist, blind spot monitoring, semi parking -automatic and AEB threshold at 200 km / h.

There’s also a Technik Pack that adds a fully digital dashboard, a high-quality GPS with Google Earth view and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with shift paddles while a Comfort Pack brings a keyless entry and a push button, heated front seats, electric seat adjustment and additional storage solutions.

Featuring an Atkinson style combustion process, with a shorter compression stroke to improve efficiency, the 2.0-liter unit produces 140 kW and 320 Nm while consuming an average of 6.5 L / 100 km. Coincidentally, it accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds. But in the real world, it does not feel any more perky than the 1.4-liter in inferior model when driven normally, especially since the seven-speed drivetrain is rapidly chasing for the biggest gear to save fuel.

That said, our test car, despite the $ 48,500 price, will cost you $ 59,240 (plus on the roads) once some optional goodies have been added to the bill.

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