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Audi South Africa has extended its Q family with a compact SUV, the all new Audi Q2 that it refers to as, “An urban vehicle perfect for everyday driving and recreation, bundling youthful styling and technology with a high level of functionality.”

The sporty yet compact SUV with allroad genes and coupé design is a new entrant into the premium A0-SUV segment of the market and it’s one all-rounder determined not to fit the boxes.

Driver assistance systems

A number of sophisticated driver assistance systems are also available for the Audi Q2 for the first time in the A0 segment. Audi pre sense front uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds.

The driver also gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can maneuver the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors. Adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist round out the offering of driver assistance systems available.

Engines:

Audi South Africa will offer a range of 2 petrol engines and 1 diesel engine for the Audi Q2. The smallest petrol engine in the Q2 lineup is the 1.0 TFSI. It produces 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque from a displacement of 999 cc. Claimed fuel consumption for this engine is 5.1 litres per 100km while it is exempt from CO₂ taxation with emissions figures of 117 grams per kilometre. Both a manual and S tronic transmission is available on this model.

Above that is the 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW and 250 Nm of torque and also comes with cylinder on demand (COD) technology. Combined with the manual six-speed transmission, the COD system deactivates the second and third cylinder at loads up to 100 Nm and while coasting when engine speed is between 2,000 and 3,200 rpm. If the dual-clutch transmission is installed, cylinder deactivation occurs sooner, between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm. With S tronic, the engine consumes on average 5.2 litres of fuel and emits 119 grams CO₂ per kilometer; with the manual gearbox these figures are 5.4 litres and 124 grams CO2 per kilometre.

The sole diesel engine on offer is in the form of the 2.0 TDI producing 105 kW and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will only be available in S tronic transmission.

The 1.4T FSI engine is available at launch in February in South Africa, while the 1.0T FSI and 2.0TDI engines will follow in May 2017. Additionally, a Sport trim line is available optionally on the 1.0T FSI, while this trim is standard on the 1.4T FSI and 2.0TDI.

Standard equipment:

The 1.0T base models will offer the following standard equipment:

• 16″ alloy wheels
• 4 passive loudspeakers (front)
• Audi music interface
• Auto release function
• Blade in body colour
• Bluetooth interface
• Child seat anchor in front
• Cruise control system and speed limiter
• Driver information system
• Electronic stability control (ESC)
• Exterior mirror housings painted in body colour
• Folding rear seat back
• Front centre armrest
• Full-size airbags with deactivation switch for front- passenger airbag
• Halogen twin headlamps
• Headlight range adjustment
• Headlining in titanium grey cloth
• Inlays in diamond paint finish, silver grey
• Interior lighting
• Interior mirror with manual dimming action
• Light / rain sensor
• Luggage compartment mat
• Manual air conditioning system
• MMI radio plus
• Multifunction leather steering wheel in 3-spoke design
• Non-smoker’s package
• Progressive steering
• Radio remote control
• Rear fog lights
• Seats in Script cloth
• Separate daytime running lights
• Space-saving spare wheel
• Start/stop system with energy recovery

The 1.0T FSI Sport, 1.4T FSI Sport and 2.0 TDI Sport model will offer the following equipment in addition:

• 17″ wheels in 5-arm ‘Star’ design
• Aluminium door sill trims
• Aluminium front and rear bumper diffusers
• Blade in Ice Silver, metallic
• Front Sport seats
• Bumpers in full paint finish
• Index cloth upholstery
• Inlays in red paint finish

Pricing:

The Audi Q2 will be priced as follows, standard with the five year or 100 000km Audi Freeway Plan and inclusive of all taxes:

• Audi Q2 1.0T FSI manual:            R 434,500
• Audi Q2 1.0T FSI S tronic:            R 453,000
• Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport manual:   R 464,500
• Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport S tronic:   R 483,000
• Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport manual:   R 511,000
• Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport S tronic:   R 529,500
• Audi Q2 2.0 TDI Sport S tronic:     R 565,000

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