That 2.0-litre motor produces a not insignificant 400Nm (295lb ft) of torque, and in theory 100 per cent of that can be sent directly to the rears. But this being a raised ride-height crossover the prospect of all that power being slung backwards is pretty far off in most circumstances, so expect to find all four wheels offering assistance most of the time. That 400Nm is delivered quite emphatically, after a little lag, with not a huge amount of lurching. Audi have obviously spent some significant time trying to give this jacked-up car more of a proper hot hatch feel and, while obviously a tall order, they have managed to succeed in most areas.
The steering is very Audi-like (duh, it’s an Audi), offering a decent amount of weight but not a massive amount in terms of feedback, not a surprise given the distance between wheel and wheels. The chassis copes well with all but the hardest of chucks; throw the SQ2 into a corner and you can expect an amount of drift at the front, slightly hastened should you try to push the power back through before it’s all gathered up (again, the power is unlikely to actually find its way 100 per cent to the rear), but with a little care you can negate this with a more relaxed attitude to the throttle. Driving the SQ2 fast is a bit of a tightrope walk between full-on demanding the car enter a corner and allowing it to balance through the middle, but when you get it right it’s a rewarding pass-time. The AWD system that encourages that little mid-corner front slip also tugs the SQ2 out of the corners with aplomb, the suspension and damping working hard to keep everything gathered together even with that extra height and allowing all 400Nm to be deployed from 2,000rpm. It all works together well, although when you calm down a little the harsher damping that’s been brought in to control all that potential roll can make the little Audi feel rather jarring through bumpy areas.