Roving reporter, Robertas Parazitas gives the new Q2 a visual once-over. He’s moderately impressed.
There was a time when I hoped that the premium German carmakers’ foray into SUVs would pass by like a bad dream, but with their sales of products categorised as crossovers sitting at over 50% of production, and sometimes more, we have to accept the current orthodoxy, and take an interest. The Q2 is intriguing on several counts. It’s scarcely smaller than the Q3, but cheaper and lighter. Up front there’s a bit of a rethink of Audi’s “big face”, but it’s still strong on Autobahn presence.
The flanks and rear quarters are where the real interest lies. It’s the first 4 or 5 door Audi – as far as I can recollect – to break the six light ‘signature’ started with the C2 100.
For the hefty C-pillar there is no complex piece of bonded glazing over a useless aperture, just a solid contrasting panel made of “something” as Archie Vicar might have put it. It’s a counterpoint to the present ‘floating roof’ fashion, which was everywhere at Geneva.
The side treatment itself is a departure for Audi. The modelling of the flanks is more akin to the Ssangyong Tivoli, and there’s something of the original Lancia Delta and possibly also the Leyland Princess about the profile.
It’s not quite what we might have expected, and as such is rather exciting. My thought is that it’s aimed at a younger customer than the Q3. There’s certainly an emphasis on the obligatory infotainment that particular market expects. It’s not quite Audi’s C4 Cactus, but there’s a quirkiness that appeals – its good to see that Audi are becoming less fixed in their ways.