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Introducing the youthful new Audi Q2 SUV

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Joining the multitude of new SUVs at Geneva was the new Audi Q2. Will it punch above its weight?

Audi's new junior SUV is more athletic and modern looking than the three other members of the Q range, and is distinctly aimed at a youthful market than the firm's usual buyer. Audi's growing collection of SUVs is certainly competent and capable, but with its wide choice of colour options the Q2 offers a more relaxed and casual dynamic.

Premium compact crossover territory

The crossover is due to reach showrooms later this year and set to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the upcoming BMW X2, and is priced to sell at £22,000. While that places it firmly at the more expensive end of the compact crossover market, the Q2 offers a distinctly premium finish which sets it apart from competing offerings such as the cheaper Skoda Yeti.

Keen eyes will have spotted that the Q2 resembles the Crosslane Coupe concept, seen at the Paris Motor Show in 2012. However that was a two door SUV with coupe styling, whereas the Q2 has morphed into a rather more practical five door, five seater format. It's the first project from Audi's new chief of design, Marc Lichte.

Customising the Audi Q2

Like the A1, the Q2 is youthful looking, compact and lightweight, despite its chunky appearance. Neat design touches that add a sporty feel include the sloping roofline and C pillars in a 'floating blade' form and some rather bold sculpturing along the bonnet and flanks. A wide range of colour choices key to the personalisation options, allowing customers to create their own unique Q2, with two tone roofs and coloured inserts for the fascia. The Q2 should certainly put an end to the idea that people only buy Audis in dark, dull tones of black, grey and blue.

What's included?

Despite the youthful image, polygonal front grille and unique tail light cluster, the Q2 is unmistakably an Audi both outside and in, and the cabin will be familiar to anyone who has driven an A3. There's plenty of modern technology available including the Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster in the form of a 12.3 inch display rather than the traditional dials.

The infotainment touchscreen comes in 5.8 inches as standard or can be specified in 8.4 inches, both of which use the existing rotary control knob. From the passenger seats the Q2 is a spacious and comfortable prospect, although boot space lags behind the competition somewhat.

Less standard - and sure to appeal to the younger buyers Audi intends to target - is a new LED ambient lighting idea, projecting light through spaces in the fascia.

Under the bonnet

Audi has yet to confirm the standard equipment list for UK buyers but all Q2s will be fitted with Pre-Sense city braking, which can brake autonomously from up to 53mph. Expect the SUV to be fitted with a familiar range of engines, three petrol and three diesel units, and a six speed manual transmission as standard. The dual clutch S-tronic transmission will be available as an option. High performance 'S' and 'RS' models are on the way too.

Front wheel drive is the default format but Quattro four wheel drive should be available as an option and drivers can select from five pre-set dynamic set-ups, one of which is designed for off-roading. Although the Q2 is a rather urban looking machine, Audi claims that it can handle some rough stuff too. Tricks such as variable damping mean that the Q2 can handle all sorts of road surfaces with aplomb, and you can also specify a 10mm lowering sports suspension.

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