The 2018 Audi Q2 highlights one of the hottest car trends on the market today, which is the compact or crossover SUV. They can be a combination of the best qualities of both the traditional SUV and the modern sedan.
This means the manufacturer has the opportunity to create a vehicle with more cargo space than a sedan, but also lower to the ground and perhaps more environmentally-acceptable than an SUV.
Every car manufacturer still in business has dabbled with the concept, including luxury carmakers like BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and of course, Audi. The Audi Q2 2018 is the latest example from Audi of a high-end crossover SUV.
2018 Audi Q2 – Exterior and Interior Redesign
The designer of the Q2, Marc Lichte, is said to have designed the 2018 model to look like a “footballer,” or in American terms, a soccer player. It’s somewhat difficult to pick this out while the car is stationary, as standing still is a rare occurrence for a soccer player. However, in motion, the exterior contours can make one recall the movements of an athlete as he or she pushes the ball down the field.
In order to create a vehicle that looks and drives more like a sedan but feels like you’re sitting in an SUV, the designers have to accept a certain amount of give-and-take in order to produce a model that still contains some amount of the best attributes of both the sedan and SUV, without giving up too much of any one of them. This requires a lot of prioritisation, and the 2018 Audi Q2 appears to have prioritised the more sleek exterior of the modern sedan as a major focus.
The interior projects a very modern look and feel. It offers an acceptable amount of both leg room and distance from the ceiling, as well as a good amount of space in the back for storage. Custom colour and textured trim are available to accent the interior to fit your personality, and the Infotainment Center, which includes the GPS and other information at the touch of a button, displays standing on the dashboard to produce an intriguing interior vibe.
2018 Audi Q2 – Engine and Performance
The basic version of the 2018 Audi Q2 carries an 114 hp 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine, with the next step offers a 148 hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder. The latter stage offers an intriguing cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts off the two middle cylinders when the car detects that it doesn’t need the extra power to meet the demands the driver is placing on it.
The highest classification of the 2018 Audi Q2 is an all-wheel drive version with a 190 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. This is the exclusive model for all-wheel drive, but variations of all these specs are available if you can accept front-wheel drive.
2018 Audi Q2 – Price and Release Date
The release of the 2018 Q2 will begin with the initial presentation of the vehicle in Geneva, Switzerland on March 13, 2018. It will likely begin sales in the U.S. shortly after.
The price range should be similar to the price range of its 2017 predecessor. It is estimated between $31,000 for the basic, standard model. While the extra bells and whistles could push it up to roughly $38,000.