The refreshed Audi Q2 debuts in Europe with a sharper look and new engine. The Four Rings begins taking orders for them in September and prices start at around €25,000 in Germany ($29,962 at current exchange rates).
At launch in Germany, Q2 is available with the 1.5 TFSI engine that makes 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque. The powerplant is capable of running on two cylinders to improve efficiency when the driver doesn't need the power. The transmission options are a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. Audi indicates that two other gasoline engines and two diesel mills would be available, too.
Audi tweaks the Q2's grille to be a bit more angular. The lower fascia gains larger inlets in the corners, which gives the crossover a more aggressive face. The refreshed crossover now comes standard with LED headlights, and Audi's Matrix LED adaptive lights are an option. The running lights now run around the outer edges of them. To see how significant the design changes are, use the slider tool below to see the old crossover on the left and the new one on the right.
The exterior of the Q2 is available in five new colors. Apple Green makes its debut in the Audi palette. There's also Arrow Gray, Manhattan Gray, Navarra Blue, and Turbo Blue. Depending on what buyers want, various equipment lines make the C-pillars body color, black, gray, or silver. Similarly, the lower cladding is available in black, Manhattan Gray, or the body color.
The designers also adjust the styling of the rear bumper. There are now fake outlets in the corners that match the styling of the inlets in the front fascia. A diffuser is at the lowest portion that conceals the exhausts. Like at the nose, the tweaks make the refreshed Q2 look more rugged and aggressive.
Inside, things don't change much. The air vents have a tweaked look with a more complex design. The gearshift is different, too. In terms of upholstery, Audi is no longer offering Alcantara. Instead, the company is using Dinamica microfiber in places that require the faux suede touches. Lower trims of the Q2 have an analog instrument cluster, but higher grades use Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. An 8.3-inch infotainment screen sits on top of the dashboard.
Audi also makes its Adaptive Cruise Assist system available on the Q2 when paired with MMI Navigation Plus, Virtual Cockpit, and the automatic gearbox. The tech is able to control the vehicle within a single lane on the road, include handling acceleration, braking, and steering inputs. Drivers just need to keep their hands on the capacitive steering wheel.
Like with the current Q2, don't look for the refreshed version of the little crossover to be available in the US.