“The Audi SQ2 is a discreet, fascinating however costly high-performance crossover, which surprises in a number of methods”
The Audi SQ2 is without doubt one of the most shocking automobiles on sale, particularly for anybody following one down a motorway slip highway. At this level, it is seemingly they’re going to hear a low rumble from its exhausts, adopted by cracks as the automated gearbox swaps gears and the SQ2 disappears up the highway.
That is due to the identical 296bhp turbocharged 2.Zero-litre petrol engine and four-wheel drive system fitted to the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi S3, Cupra Ateca and Volkswagen T-Roc R. The SQ2 is arguably essentially the most refined bundle for this powertrain thus far, with only a set of additional tailpipes and refined exterior modifications marking it out as something apart from a diesel Audi Q2 in S line trim.
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The understated look is deceptive; the SQ2 is quicker than most beginner rally automobiles, with any driver behind the wheel. In consequence, it is also a crossover with few rivals, with even ‘sizzling’ variations of the Nissan Juke and MINI Countryman producing far much less energy. Certainly, its closest rivals come from throughout the Volkswagen Group secure, specifically the Cupra Ateca and Volkswagen T-Roc R. For some, the Audi badge will give the SQ2 instantaneous enchantment, whereas others could desire the practicality of the bigger Ateca or the aptitude of the T-Roc R.
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The SQ2 shares its good inside with the remainder of the vary, albeit with some sporty seats and further options. A number of brittle plastics remind you that that is the entry-level Audi SUV, nevertheless it feels simply upmarket sufficient to justify its value, and boasts probably the greatest infotainment programs within the enterprise. With a 355-litre boot (down 50 litres on the Q2), the SQ2 is as sensible as a household hatchback, somewhat than a full-blown SUV.