Crossover & Midsize

The 2020 Audi Q2 Is the Brand’s Smallest Crossover but We Can’t Drive It

Audi makes some of the coolest cars in the world, such as the car that Tony Stark drives in the Marvel movies. However, since Audi is one of the top luxury brands in the world, many of its cars aren’t available or affordable for the average customer. This is especially true for the 2020 Audi Q2, one of Audi’s latest luxury SUVs

What the 2020 Audi Q2 offers

Audi offers customers many options in terms of SUVs, including the hybrid Q5. The Q5 is already considered a compact SUV, but the Q2, as its name would imply, is even more compact than the Q5 is. Indeed, as Car and Driver wrote, the Q2 is the smallest crossover that Audi offers its customers. Being a smaller vehicle gives it many advantages but also some disadvantages. 

For example, Car and Driver admits that while the five-seater Q2 doesn’t have much legroom, it does have a “surprisingly vast” amount of cargo space. Without folding the rear seats, it has just over 13 cu. ft. of cargo space. However, Wards Auto said that when its rear seats are folded down, its cargo space increases to about 37 cu. ft.

In terms of performance, Audi also offers several options for customers. For example, Audi offers both gas and diesel engine options, and for drivers who want power, Audi also offers a very powerful option for this small SUV. Car and Driver tested a Q2 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that gets 188 hp. That said, Audi also offers a higher performance 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that gets 296 hp.

The pros and cons of the Audi Q2

For most people, that 188-hp engine is more than enough since it’s also a relatively fuel-efficient engine, according to Car and Driver. It gets about 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on highways, for a combined 26 MPG. However, the main sticking point of this engine is its power and performance. Car and Driver said that the Q2 with its 188-hp engine can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds, and it can also top out at 142 MPH. 

Those numbers aren’t that impressive for an Audi, but, given its size, it’s pretty remarkable. Additionally, since it’s simply a smaller car than most other Audis, it’s also pretty affordable by Audi’s standards. Car and Driver said that, in Germany, the Q2 has a base price of just under $31,000. 

The Q2 does have its flaws, though. For example, due to its small size, not only is there not much room for passengers, but its seating position is also pretty high. On top of that, for the more powerful engine options, Audi only offers automatic transmissions, which Car and Driver did not like.

The Audi Q2 is also not available in the U.S.

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But, that said, the biggest flaw with the Q2 is the fact that it’s still not available in the U.S. or Canada. The Q2 is one of Audi’s most recent models, and it came out in 2016. Audi has had years to adapt the Q2 for the North American market, but right now, the Q2 is only available in Europe.

It’s not clear why the Q2 hasn’t made the leap over to North America, but it’s not the first European or Asian car that’s avoided American shores. The Toyota Hilux is a pickup truck that’s beloved in many parts of the world, yet Toyota also doesn’t offer it in America. It’s possible that the Q2 hasn’t made landfall in the U.S. for the same reasons that the Hilux hasn’t, and that’s mostly due to legal reasons.