Providing you spec it correctly, the Q2 is a composed and comfortable small car that will do an impressive job of isolating you and your loved ones from the battered surfaces that cover most of the UK. Audi has obviously done its homework in this country, as even S line cars (that would normally come on firmer sports suspension) are fitted with standard suspension settings. You can still specify the sports set-up as a no-cost option, but having tried it, we’d advise against it, as it makes the ride become quite firm and easily agitated.
In terms of its handling, the Q2 feels more hatchback than SUV. The steering is at its best when the car is fitted with standard 16-inch wheels, feeling light, accurate and well connected. Up the wheel size, and while the amount of effort on the driver's part increases, the feel and connection both decrease. We’ve yet to drive Quattro four-wheel-drive cars, which get more sophisticated rear suspension and the option of adjustable dampers here in the UK; but, given the competence of the front-wheel drive cars, and the price premium Quattro models command, we suspect the extra cash will be hard to justify.