The modern-yet-minimalist style of most Audi cabins is hugely desirable, if slightly reserved, but the Q2 adds a welcome injection of vibrant colour. There are red, yellow or silver themes available for the dashboard inlays, seats and contrasting stitching, plus gesture-controlled LED lighting that illuminates the cabin in sharp white light. Meanwhile, all the controls are robust, sturdy and precise. The large standard infotainment screen isn’t touch-sensitive and is fixed on the dashboard, but all the information is clearly presented, and the rotary control that you use to scroll through the menus is beautifully weighted and easy to use on the move. However, although you sit in a slightly raised position, the roofline is quite low, so it feels more like you’re in a slightly taller hatchback than a 'proper' SUV.
Despite the compact dimensions (the Q2 is marginally shorter than the Audi Q3
SUV), it’s still easy to fit one six-foot adult behind another comfortably. There are Isofix child seat mounting points on the rear seats. The boot provides 405 litres of space with the rear seats in place, which is a little bigger than an Audi A3 and only slightly smaller than the Q3. There’s a through-loading facility for skis and, when the seats fold flat, there is a very useful 1,050 litres available. Unfortunately, the stylish rear pillars do create some pretty huge blind spots when reversing, so parking sensors or a reversing camera are must-have options.
Audi has obviously done its homework on UK roads, 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 the 16-inch wheels included on the Technik model, 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.