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New Audi Q2 review – Is Audi’s smallest SUV worthy of the premium badge? - Design

Audi’s most compact SUV is as impressive as it probably needed to be, but no more

Evo rating
Price
from £20,800
  • Quality interior, impressive engines
  • Only competent handling and not particularly exciting

Design 

The Q2 represents a departure from Audi’s current design language, shamelessly aiming at a more youthful crowd. Being an all-new model, designers had the opportunity to push the boat out a little more than usual, so although it is very much still an Audi, it also looks fresh and different to most of the current Audi range. 

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Under the myriad colour and specification options, the overall design is good, but it is very spec-sensitive, swaying between chunky and aggressive to slab sided and bland depending on colour and wheel choices. On top of the usual S-line models, Audi also offers different front end treatments depending on SE or Sport trims, multiple wheel options and an R8-style coloured panel on the c-pillar which does much to alter the overall aesthetic. 

First edition cars are also available, combining the sportier S-line bumpers with the two-tone bodywork of the standard cars and 19-inch wheels. These models look the most aggressive; yet also don some questionable decals. Regardless, the Q2 is a distinctive and interesting looking compact SUV in a sea of bland and repetitive options. 

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