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Roof Rack

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:46 pm
by ormesome
Good evening all

I saw something somewhere that suggested the Q2 has the same roof rack mountings as the A3? The Q2 roof rack here in Switzerland is super expensive, almost 3x the amount of the A3 roof rack so i would like to order something cheaper!

If anyone has any info then that would be great. :D

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:54 pm
by testcard
Thule are worth considering as an alternative to Audi OEM roof racks. This link has 5 models for the Q2.
https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb/roof-rack/roof-racks

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:05 pm
by ormesome
testcard wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:54 pm
Thule are worth considering as an alternative to Audi OEM roof racks. This link has 5 models for the Q2.
https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb/roof-rack/roof-racks
Thanks for the link. Yeah, i had a Thule for ages. Prefer them to Audi OEM. On Thule the prices seem the same actually. The Q2 is a new model so soemtimes the accessories are higher priced than others like the A3. I can get an A3 roofrack for around 130pounds compared to Q2 for 250 for a generic rack off eBay

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:08 pm
by ormesome
Seems like the Q2 shares the A3 Sportback & Saloon parts from Thule apart from the Kit Pack.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:33 pm
by HawkEye7
https://www.audipartsprime.com/ is a great source for OEM Audi roof racks. They can also ship to your freight forwarder if need be. They are legit. Hope this helps

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:26 pm
by ormesome
Just a follow up post regarding the roof rack. Finally got mself one. Went down to the local Audi dealership to look at their "racks" ( :lol: ) but found the OEM rack really bad quality and the design awful for the Q2. It seemed like it was standing up really high. Anyway, went to the local car shop, they had Thule bars and fittings there and the difference was huge. The Thule rack is much better designed, not standing on the car like the OEM rack, seems to be able to aid air flow too as its the Evo bar. Price wise was pretty similar, in pounds it was 200ish with all fittings.

Some pics are here:

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Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:04 pm
by aidam11
I have original Q2 racks, bought for 200EUR off original Audi dealer and I don't agree they're bad quality.
Looking at your photos it's true original racks are a bit taller/higher but I guess that's to make a good clearance when you have a box fitted so you can fully open the trunk door - so you don't have to slide the box forward to have it hanging over your windshield.
What's the rubber like on these four consoles - does it have a specific shape to copy the Q2's roof line or is it a generic one?

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:29 pm
by ormesome
The rubber base parts are specific to the Q2. They have to be. The good thing about Thule is that all their roof racks are interchangable. For example, if i buy a BMW next, then i just have to change the footpack to the specific one for the new car.

I take your point on quality, but i do not understand what you mean regarding the design or height. If it were to create clearance for the boot opening then it wouldnt be height that is needed.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:51 pm
by aidam11
This actually does make sense!

Height-clearance - it's the rear spoiler that can get in the way if the clearance is lower but it depends from the box etc. I never tested it with Thule racks so I'm just thinking aloud on this one.

Re: Roof Rack

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:19 pm
by ormesome
sorry but it doesnt make sense!! :lol: the aerial will get in the way before the roof rack! the roof rack is mounted more frontwards than the aerial and is no where near catching it! In my 1st photo above you can see that the rear roofrack is mounted in the middle of the rear window, the aerial is around the same lines as the middle of the "black blade" trim. The spoiler would have to go so far backwards when the boot is opened to even catch the aerial, let alone the roofrack. The roofrack is mounted in specific holes in the Q2, it cant be mounted anywhere else! For your theory to make sense then it would have to be mounted near the rear "black blade" parts. If this were true then yes, the AUdi OEM height makes sense, but at the fittings points that Audi give, it really doesnt.

If you mean that a roofbox doesnt gain clerance, then im not sure as i do not have one yet. but i would be thinking along the lines of that you have to buy one that fits your car? and that the spoiler would only be a few cms before the whole boot lid anyway so it wont affect much?