Audi's first Q2 deliveries due in Q4
AUDI is squeezing itself into yet another niche of the car market with this new tiddly crossover, writes William Scholes.
It's 20cm shorter than the Q3 and there are no prizes for guessing that under Audi's extremely logical naming system, it's called the Q2.
Think of it as a rival to the Mini Countryman and Drive's pick of the bunch in this category, the Mazda CX-3.
Bolstering the Q2's appeal is a typically wide range of VW Group engine options. Three petrols - a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and four-cylinders of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre capacities - will be joined by four-cylinder diesels with swept volumes of either 1.6-litres or 2.0-litres.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox can be swapped for an optional seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and some models will be available with quattro four-wheel-drive.
Put all that together with the various trim levels Audi will offer, and you end up with a pretty comprehensive range - and that's before partaking of the customisation features the company says it will offer buyers wanting to further personalise their car with various paint, wheel and colour options.
High-tech gadgets from Audi's bigger cars, such as the brilliant 'virtual cockpit' digital dashboard, head-up display and the latest park assist systems, will be available on the Q2.
It even seems reasonably practical for a small car that is pitched squarely at the style-led end of the market, with a 405 litre boot swelling to 1,050 litres when the back seats are folded.
Order books in Northern Ireland are due to open in July, with the first deliveries scheduled for November.