Auto car have been and driven the Q2 again, this time on European roads.
Like the 2.0 TDI we get in the UK, the 1.4 TFSI comes with a power output of 148bhp, which is fed through a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. You also have the option of front or four-wheel drive.
Thanks to a healthy 184Ib ft of torque and the rapid gearchanges of the S tronic auto 'box, the Q2 can scamper to 62mph from rest in a respectable 8.5sec. It's easy to get up to motorway speeds, and overtaking isn't too strenuous. The engine can be a little coarse over 5000rpm, but you won't have to push that hard too often.
To help both fuel economy and emissions, the 1.4 TFSI gets 'cylinder on demand' technology that uses only cylinders one and four to power the car under light loads. Like in other applications, you're blissfully unaware of when it's working; the engine sounds the same and there's no additional delay in throttle response.
Given the popularity of SUVs and crossovers, it's fair to say that Audi has a sale success on its hands. The premium badge certainly helps, but there's plenty of substance behind those four rings.
Although it may not handle quite as well as an A3, you're unlikely to be disappointed by the driving dynamics. Sure, it may not thrill, but what does in this class?
More relevant is the practical interior, competitive pricing and decent equipment levels. We'd take one over a Mini Countryman any day of the week.
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