Here’s something you may not have realized if you’re located in North America: In Europe (and, presumably, in various other markets), Audi sells a crossover smaller than the Q3. It’s called the Q2, and it’s massively small. Imagine a Honda Fit jacked up a couple inches, with the Audi logo on the back. That’s the Q2.
To me, the interesting thing about the Q2 is that I pay attention to this stuff reasonably well, and I had absolutely no idea this vehicle exists. And so goes the continued segmentation of the luxury car world: It’s no longer just small, medium and large. Now it’s very small, pretty small, reasonably small, somewhat medium, quite medium, largely medium, big, bigger, biggest, huge and G-Wagen. And every automaker is like this! The Q3 debuted only a few years ago, as Audi’s very-smallest subcompact SUV. And here they are, just a couple years later, with the Q2. Presumably the Q1 will just be an ATV.
So what’s the deal with the Q2? It’s only 165 inches long (by comparison, the Q3 is 172.8 inches), and just 70.6 inches wide — about an inch-and-a-half narrower than the Q3. Despite the attractive Q2 image above, I saw several of these things last week in Europe, and they all looked like the white car shown: basic, cheap and bare-bones.
Engine power is predictably restrictive: The base model uses a 1.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with about 110 horsepower (0-to-60 in 10.5 seconds), while the most powerful version is a 185-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder than can do 0-to-60 in around 7 seconds. In Europe, of course, most people will opt for the diesel — and there are three options to choose from.
And so, ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just met the Audi Q2. I shudder to imagine the day when they decide they want segments in between the segments they already have, resulting in fractional numbers. Find an Audi for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.