Standard kit for the starter SE spec includes: 16-inch wheels; MMI radio with a 7-inch TFT screen; air con; and Audi's pedestrian recognition and braking system. The most popular Sport grade costs an additional £1,550 with 17-inch wheels, comfort/dynamic suspension, sat nav, sports seats, Audi drive select and cruise control. The top-model S-Line, which is a premium of £2,250 over Sport and is predicted to occupy 35 per cent of sales, adds 18-inch wheels, S-Line body trim, LED headlamps and a no-cost upgrade to Sports suspension. Q2 goes on sale this summer at prices starting at about £20,000 with first deliveries in November.
The only car we got to drive was the 1.4-litre TFSI in top model S-Line trim and the engine will be the most popular in the UK. It's a delightful unit, pulling strongly from low down, but refined at high revs and economical. A cylinder cut-out system closes the valves of two cylinders when full power isn't required to save fuel and is virtually undetectable. Top speed is 129mph, with 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and although there are no official consumption figures yet, you should expect about 56mpg in the Combined cycle. On Cuban roads at low speeds we achieved an indicated 41mpg.
With an all-independent suspension derived from that on the A3, the Q2 is firmly sprung, especially when shod with the 18-inch rims of the S-Line. In the rear seats, it's actually uncomfortable and you'll really want to go down a wheel size and chose the Sport trim. Admittedly Cuban roads are spectacularly poor, but so are those in the UK.