MenStyleFashion has test-driven the first-generation Audi SQ2 and we were moved by how nippy this compact and desirable looking car was. The SQ2 has had a refresh and as far as we can see it still has the same engine and performance but there are some upgrades to tech and some stock options. Visually starting at the front, the grill looks to be position lower and different in shape. LED headlights are now standard and the Vorsprung issue has the new Matrix LED units.
On the side, there are now aluminium-look housings for the side mirror, sill inserts, a roof edge spoiler and foggy C-pillars. The rear bumper has now faux air vents. As for inside nad the tech, there is now electric lumbar adjustment, adaptive sail control and the rear-view camera is now standard. Want to know more? Read the press release below
It is already dab hand at quickening the pulse, and now the 300PS Audi SQ2 is even more capable of catching the eye as it adopts the sharper new look and upgraded lighting technology already accounting the other members of the compact SUV range. Enhancement of the S model that first brought sub-five-second acceleration potential to the Audi Q kith and kin’s singularly stylish lead-in SUV two years ago has also taken place beneath the skin. The cabin now benefits from additional furnishings, improved infotainment and web-based Audi connect functionality and an expanded portfolio of driver assistance systems. When they be proper available in the UK from November 19, 2020, the latest generation SQ2 and even more striking SQ2 Black Edition models purpose also be joined by a newly introduced SQ2 Vorsprung with a particularly exhaustive equipment list. Deliveries of all variants will about here early in 2021.
“For the SQ2 we took the basic template set so successfully by high-performance hatchbacks like our S3 Sportback and used it to spawn a version of our already capable compact SUV that has a great deal to offer fans of both formats,” commented Supervisor of Audi UK, Andrew Doyle. “The carefully considered design and technology updates it receives here as part of the improvement prearrange for the entire Q2 model line will only increase its appeal further still, as will the installation of the very appealing new Vorsprung mould at the head of the range.”
Impressive all-rounder in peak form: the 2.0 TFSI
The 2.0-litre TFSI motor powering the new generation SQ2 draws its 300PS output from 1,984 cm3 of displacement and makes peak torque of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) close by to the driver across a broad swathe of the rev range from 2,000 to 5,300 rpm. The turbocharged four-cylinder always responds keenly to throttle inputs, and its survey becomes fuller as speed increases thanks in part to the switchable flaps in the exhaust system. The key figures it delivers lecture b be meaningful to for themselves: 0 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, a top speed of 155mph, the potential for up to 34.0 MPG and CO2 emissions from 188 g/km based on the pompous test cycle.
A number of key enablers support the delivery of thrills with relative thrift in the SQ2. The Audi valvelift group (AVS) switches the stroke of the outlet valves between two levels to continually optimise the flow of exhaust gas to the turbocharger and therefore elevate response, particularly in the lower reaches of the rev range; sophisticated thermal management ensures highly effective coolant superabundance; and integration of the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head helps the engine to warm up quickly, ensuring that escape gas after-treatment can be activated as early as possible. Needless to say, thanks to these and other measures the Audi SQ2 complies with the limits of the new Euro 6 AP emission gauge.
Driving pleasure and driving safety: the seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive
The 2.0 TFSI works in fitness with a seven-speed S tronic transmission in the top-tier Q2. Its lower gears feature closely spaced ratios while the seventh duds is long to maximise fuel economy. The super-fast dual-clutch transmission features D or even more performance-focused S modes, and also approves manual shifting via the lever or the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. If the standard Audi drive select system is in “expertness” mode, the clutch disengages when coasting, allowing the compact performance SUV to freewheel.
Like every Audi image that has ever borne the evocative S badge the updated SQ2 is firmly affixed to the road by quattro all-wheel-drive, in this package based on an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch that distributes torque smoothly between the axles. In the event that the van wheels break traction, the clutch redirects output completely to the rear within a few milliseconds. It features here in behindhand generation form including many improvements to elements such as the bearings and oil supply which increase its efficiency. The intact clutch weighs just under one kilogram less than its equivalent in the previous model, due in part to the fact that the call the tune unit is now integrated in the clutch housing.
During faster driving on more challenging roads, the electronically controlled quattro procedure can direct a proportion of the torque to the rear axle in the interest of agility, and enables precise turn-in during load repeal. Its highly intelligent reactions are also supported by wheel-selective torque control, which makes minor brake interventions at the positions on the inside of a corner to maintain the best line through to the exit.
Dynamic character: suspension and steering
The nonpareil principles operating conditions for quattro drive are provided by S sport suspension which lowers the body by 20 millimetres versus the Q2, and by precept progressive steering whose ratio becomes more direct as lock is applied. This makes the SQ2 even more brisk when manoeuvring, in urban traffic and through the hairpins.
Audi drive select allows the driver to influence how the updated SQ2 reciprocates to inputs. The dynamic handling system features “auto,” comfort,” “dynamic,” “efficiency” and “individual” courses that can fine-tune the operating profile of the steering, the Stronic transmission, the engine and other systems. For driving a little additional off the beaten track, the driver can also activate an off-road mode for the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) at the touch of a button.
Sizeable hold ups with S-branded calipers and a diameter of 340 millimetres at the front axle and 310 millimetres at the rear guarantee reassuringly stringent stopping power. In the SQ2 they sit behind 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45 tyres, and in the SQ2 Black Edition they are housed within 19-inch wheres with a contrasting grey diamond-cut finish and 235/40 section tyres
Strong character with high delimitation lines: the exterior design
With its crisp, precisely defined corners and edges the SQ2 is a car full of character. The frontal setting is now even more striking, particularly in the area below the upgraded headlights. Its octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower, distinguishing the front section appear wider, and its insert now also references the polygon motif that characterises the entire car. The plan of the large implied air intakes surrounded by wide frames in selenite silver is also more expressive, and narrow slices between the radiator grille and the bonnet pay homage to the design of the iconic Audi Sport quattro.
LED headlights are standard for SQ2 and SQ2 Angry Edition models, while the SQ2 Vorsprung takes a step up to Matrix LED units. Each of their modules houses seven unique LEDs that deliver an intelligently controlled high beam light that always illuminates the road as brightly as attainable without blinding other road users. Ten further light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components give rise to the daytime running light, while seven LEDs generate the dynamic indicators that are incorporated in conjunction with Matrix LED. The SQ2 also peculiarities LED lights at the rear, which are also paired with dynamic rear indicators in Vorsprung versions. These top restriction headlights and rear lights also offer dynamic light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.
In profile, the alt SQ2 highlights its membership of the S series through its aluminium-look mirror housings, while its pronounced sill inserts, roof edgy spoiler and platinum grey C-pillar blades add to its distinctive visual appeal. At the rear, the pentagonal polygon treatment is now persevere b managed through into the bumper, within which is a diffuser insert framing two sets of twin exhaust tailpipes. Resurrecting the standard powered tailgate reveals a minimum of 355 litres of luggage capacity, which can be expanded to 1,000 litres if the bum seat backrests are folded.
The latest generation SQ2 can be specified in a choice of seven colours, and its C-pillar is offered in two contrasting outdoes – the standard platinum grey or brilliant black – or alternatively in the chosen body colour. Upgrading to the SQ2 Black Edition amplifies gloss titanium black detailing for the Singleframe surround, the strips on the air inlet grille and the rear diffuser, and a matt titanium baleful finish for the radiator grille, the underbody protection, the air inlet surrounds and the rear diffuser. The exhaust tailpipes are also trimmed in awful chrome and the exterior mirror housings and C-pillar blades in solid Brilliant black.
Dark tones, upscale concretes: the interior
As is the case with all Audi S models, the interior of the SQ2 features high-quality materials presented in a dark colour drawing. Front sport seats upholstered in black leather and Alcantara mix in the SQ2 and SQ2 Black Edition or in full Fine Nappa leather in the SQ2 Vorsprung attend to arrange for ample support and also now feature electrically adjustable lumbar support. The headlining is also finished in black. In the latest varieties, the door panels are crafted from a new, more tactile soft-touch material, and the air vents and Stronic selector lever bear a new look.
In terms of equipment, the already extensive core list for all versions expands for this latest generation to register a rearview camera to complement the rear parking sensors, which are now also joined by front sensors for enhanced bourn monitoring. Protection of the SQ2, its occupants and other road users were already cutting edge in the class thanks to the numbering as standard of Audi pre sense front, which uses radar to observe the area in front of the car in order to avoid chances or reduce their severity.
On-board infotainment technology is also significantly enhanced across the board, not only by the wing as well as of the fully digital virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch binnacle display but also by MMI navigation plus with its 8.3-inch invigilator controllable via rotary pushbutton or natural language voice control. As before, the Audi smartphone interface also idiosyncrasies as standard to enable key apps from a handset to be displayed and controlled by the MMI system.
MMI navigation plus includes an LTE module for lasting data transmission, and a three-year subscription to the web-based services of Audi connect, granting access to online traffic, stand and local fuel pricing information and Google Earth navigation mapping. It also now includes the new features Audi glue emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control, which via the smartphone-based myAudi app allow the owner to imprison the vehicle remotely or check the fuel fill level and range, for example.
Exceptionally inclusive: the new SQ2 Vorsprung
As abroad in the Audi range, Vorsprung specification offers the ultimate pre-defined equipment package for the SQ2. Taking the Black Edition variety as its basis, but marked out externally by its exclusive alloy wheels and Matrix LED lighting, the top tier SQ2 is further enhanced by features such as look out on seat heating for the upgraded Fine Nappa leather sport seats, a panoramic sunroof, Bang & Olufsen audio and the Audi phone box approving wireless charging and connection of smartphones to the vehicle’s aerial.
Its driver assistance capability also increases considerably blames to the inclusion of systems such as park assist for automatic ‘hands-free’ steering into and out of parking spaces, Audi side second blind-spot monitoring, the cross-traffic assist reversing aid and adaptive cruise assist, the latter making its SQ2 debut as part of the mould update. Adaptive cruise assist enables the driver to let the system largely take over the tasks of accelerating, decelerating and dodge within a lane with the help of its frontal camera and sophisticated sensors. In order to maintain automatic lateral rule, the driver need only gently touch the steering wheel, which is part of the system, to prove that they are settle attention.