Although the company didn’t confirm anything yet, there is a chance to see 2018 Audi Q2 in North America. This crossover is pretty new. It had its premiere year and a half ago, and it already makes some nice results on the market. It is compact in size and for now, it is available in Europe only. Its production is set in company’s headquarters, in Ingolstadt, Germany.
The new model rides on a familiar MQB platform and it is a typical Audi when it comes to design characteristics. It went on sale last year in November, and it looks like the company wants to expand it to other markets. After Europe, we expect to see a new compact crossover in North America, but in some other parts of the world too. As we already mentioned, those are just rumors, without any official information about possible arrival to U.S. or other markets.
2018 Audi Q2 redesign
In any case, the 2018 Audi Q2 will continue with the same design characteristics. This is still a pretty new model, which came just one year ago. Its design is very fresh for some modifications. When it comes to based design characteristics, this small crossover rides on the VW’s familiar, highly-versatile MQB platform. This architecture is used for numerous models, from small hatchbacks like Seat Ibiza or Golf Mk7 to large crossovers and sedans like VW Atlas or Passat Mk8.
In terms of styling, this crossover is a typical Audi. It features the latest design language of the brand, which includes a new shape of grille and headlights, new bumpers and more angular overall shape, compared to some previous models of the brand. The interior also comes in Audi’s familiar manner, with round air vents and minimalistic dashboard design. The 2018 Q2 comes in four trim levels.
2018 Audi Q2 features
The 2018 Audi Q2 comes in four trim levels. Those are SE, Sport, S Line and Edition #1. The base SE comes with notable features like 16-inch wheels, halogen lights, MMI Radio Plus with 7-inch color MMI screen, cruise control etc. The Sports trim adds some nice standard features. There are things like 17-inch wheels, front sports seats, satellite navigation. The next one is the S Line. This model comes with standard equipment that includes things like 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel etc.
Finally, there is an Edition #1 trim, which includes things like 19-inch wheels, Nappa leather, dynamic rear indicators etc. There are also several packages in the offer, such as Comfort and Sound pack, which includes heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, premium sound system, hill hold assist and others.
2018 Audi Q2 engines
The 2018 Audi Q2 comes with various engines in the offer. When it comes to gasoline units, there is a small three-cylinder 1.0-liter unit, which is good for about 115 horsepower and comes with a 6-speed manual. There are also 1.4-liter and 2.0-liter TSFI engines with a max power of 150 and 190 horsepower, respectively. Both units come with 7-speed S Tronic automatic transmission, but a smaller 1.4-liter engine is also available with a 6-speed automatic.
The 2018 Audi Q2 will also come with the company’s famous diesel units. There is a smaller 1.6-liter TDI which is good for about 115 horses. This engine is also available with either manual or automatic transmission. Finally, there is 2.0-liter TDI engine. This unit is good for about 150 horsepower and comes with S tronic transmission only.
2018 Audi Q2 release date and price
The 2018 Audi Q2 will come by the end of the year. Since there won’t be changes, it should keep the same price. The base model goes around 32.000 dollars. Some mid-range version will cost you around 34-35.000 dollars, while best-equipped models will go around 40.000 dollars. Main competitors will be models like BMW X2, Mini Countryman, Infiniti QX30 etc.
The interior doesn’t look any different at all from my A3 – and the exterior looks like the Sportback (albeit with offraod cues a la Subaru).
But less power.
While I’m speaking out – why the hell did Audi disable the ability of the screen to retract in the Q3? That’s disappointing, but I wouldn’t buy it anyway due to the MMI controls being on the dash (instead of the console like in my A3), as well as the lackluster power.
Looks like the 2007 A3 Sportback I had and loved. It went to sedan mode to make room for the Q2, I guess. I like it.