The new Audi SQ2
Hot SUV takes on the BMW X2 M35i with engine from the Golf R and subtle exterior upgrades
The SQ2’s powertrains features an identical amount of torque as the Golf R with 295lb ft, and 0-62mph is achieved in a claimed 4.8sec. Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system delivers power to all four wheels. It’s available only with a DSG automatic gearbox.
These performance figures put the SQ2 0.1sec ahead of the BMW X2 M35i – which will also be shown in at Paris next week – when it comes to 0-62mph acceleration. The two cars share the same limited top speed, although the BMW has a 7bhp and 37lb ft advantage over the Audi.
The hot Mini Countryman rival is identifiable by its quad exhaust pipes at the rear, as well as discreet SQ2 badging and a more aggressive body kit, including a rear spoiler. The whole car has been lowered 20mm over the standard Q2, while a choice of 18in or 19in wheels are available.
Inside, the car gets a black headliner and black leather and Alcantara seats, which have extra bolstering to offer support in faster corners and an embossed S logos. The dashboard gets Audi’s virtual cockpit digital display as an option, but traditional dials and a central display are standard. A premium sound system is also fitted.
Adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist come as standard, meaning the car can steer itself, brake and accelerate at speeds of up to 40mph, although the driver must still have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
There’s no word on pricing yet – this will likely be revealed closer to the car’s UK orders opening later in the year. First deliveries aren’t expected to commence until early 2019, though. It’s likely that the SQ2 will be priced from around £35,000 – £15,000 more expensive than the entry-level Q2. Emissions and fuel economy data haven’t yet been released.
With the SQ2, the only models in Audi’s range yet to receive an S performance version are the recently launched E-tron, A7 and A8, and the new Q3.An RS Q2 is expected to join the range later in the car’s lifetime, offering as much as 362bhp from the RS3‘s five-cylinder engine.