I KNOW YOU HAVE ALARM BELLS ringing in your head already so let me address them. Why did Audi India launch the old Q2 when there’s a new Q2 showcased internationally? Your answer is in the previous sentence. Audi India boss Balbir Singh Dhillon says the new Q2 has only been showcased and isn’t on sale anywhere in the world just yet. So the Q2 launched in India is the Q2 on sale everywhere else in the world. Well almost everywhere — the Audi Germany, France and Spain websites do have the new Q2 listed already, but RHD markets like the UK still have the old Q2 that we’re getting. Fret not, there’s another massive reason why you shouldn’t be complaining — stick around till the end and you’ll find out.
Now, the Q2 in India. It comes in a total of five variants — a completely different approach from bringing one well-kitted out variant that Audi has taken for its more expensive cars in the recent past. They span a whole spectrum of prices, starting at ₹35 lakh and going up to ₹49 lakh. They obviously get varying levels of equipment and different styling kits, though the drivetrain with its 2-litre TFSI engine and quattro AWD are standard across the range. We’re driving the top-of-the-line Technology that comes packing all the equipment you can get in India, along with the S-Line styling kit.
The Q2 isn’t a very big SUV. It’s marginally longer and wider than a Hyundai Creta, though in the flesh it looks far less imposing and that’s likely due to its low-slung roof. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in sophistication. Blacked-out grille with the four rings sitting front and centre, sharp-looking LED headlamps, chiselled bodywork, LED taillamps and a very apparent lack of black plastic cladding — it may be small, but it certainly compresses Audi’s distinct design into its tiny footprint. The Q2 runs on 17-inch wheels as standard on all variants, and I don’t find it leaves ungainly gaps in the wheel arches. However, the alloy design is rather bland and doesn’t sit well with the sophistication of the rest of the design, and the editor did feel 18s would have looked much more appropriate.
On the inside, the Q2 is a mixed bag. The quality is what you would expect of Audi with expensive-feeling plastics, tactile clicks to all the buttons and good levels of finish. However, it feels slightly dated. The MMI display that sticks out of the dash may have been at the bleeding edge of technology four years ago, but car infotainment systems have come a long way since. It isn’t a touchscreen and is controlled solely by the rotary dial on the centre console – it was particularly hilarious to see the editor keep poking at the screen to cycle through his Apple Music playlists. The graphics and interface don’t feel fresh either. You do get Virtual Cockpit though, and that is one of the nicer digital instrument clusters around. I actually like how the dash is laid out — the circular air-con vents give it a quirky look, and yet everything is ergonomic and falls to hand easily.
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