What do you purchase when you have got, and love, an Audi S3 Sportback however are beginning a household and wish some more room? Effectively, in Europe, you should purchase commerce within the S3 for an Audi SQ2. At the least that’s what Audi needs you to do. The query is must you? In keeping with Prime Gear, possibly not.
The Audi SQ2 is the medium-heat model of the Q2 lineup. It’s not as gentle as the usual Q2 however not fairly as spicy because the full-on RS Q2 but to come back. As an alternative, it tries very onerous to stroll the road between a snug and sensible crossover for younger households and sporty sizzling hatch for lovers. Downside is, it by no means fairly will get the sporty factor down sufficient to make it a correct fanatic’s automobile.
That’s to not say it isn’t quick or spectacular. Its 2.Zero liter turbocharged four-cylinder (EA888 in VW Group-speak) makes a hefty 300 hp and may get the Audi SQ2 from Zero-60 mph in about four.5 seconds. So it’s correctly fast. It’s additionally fairly succesful, because of its intelligent all-wheel drive system and dual-clutch gearbox. Dampers are fastened and non-adjustable however TG says that it balances consolation and composure very properly.
It’s fast to show in, holds its traces properly and lacks any important physique roll. TG even counseled it for its on-power nook exit, which is alleged to be surprisingly fast and spectacular.
There’s a “however”, although. It’s simply not as enjoyable or thrilling to drive as you’d count on it to be. Its spec sheet makes it seem to be somewhat pocket-rocket with an enormous trunk however its tuning leans extra towards calmness and refinement, fairly than enjoyment or driver thrills. Which is a little bit of a disgrace.
That’s to not say it’s a foul automobile. In truth, it’s an excellent automobile if you happen to’re not on the lookout for one thing to deal with twisty roads with on the weekends or take the great distance residence in. Should you’re simply on the lookout for one thing quick, succesful and sensible, it’s a superb automobile. However if you happen to’re buying and selling in your sizzling hatchback for one thing extra sensible, you could be greatest suited with one thing else. Or simply hold the new hatch.
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