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Audi Q2 SUV - Reliability & safety

The Audi Q2 has an excellent safety rating

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Audi Q2 benefits from the latest in safety technology, which helped it score the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash tests. Reliability is more of a mixed bag: while the A3 (which shares many components with the Q2) is rated well by its owners, Audi as a brand has a middling reputation for customer satisfaction.

Audi Q2 reliability

The Audi Q2 came in 55th place in our 2022 Driver Power survey out of the top 75 cars, which was three places ahead of a key rival, the Mercedes GLA. Tried-and-tested engines from the VW Group range should mean parts availability is good too, helping to bring down prices.

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The Q2 could only manage a below-average rating for reliability and build quality, infotainment and practicality. However, owners were reasonably impressed with its running costs and loved its exterior design. Audi itself came in 22nd place out of 29 manufacturers, which isn’t a great result - owners  rank the brand below those who bought from BMW (16th place) and Lexus in 12th spot.

Safety

The Q2's Euro NCAP safety scores are impressive. Its five stars obviously grab the headlines, but drilling down into the individual scores reveals an impressive 93% adult occupant rating, an 86% child rating and a 70% score for pedestrian protection.

All cars come with Audi’s Pre Sense system, which features autonomous emergency braking (which automatically stops the car if it senses an obstacle you haven’t taken action to avoid) as well as seatbelt pretensioners. The system can also automatically flash the hazard warning lights and close the windows, depending on the scenario. Other, optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control (which matches the speed of the car in front), a lane-departure warning system and traffic-sign recognition.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    30 TFSI 116 Sport 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £29,065

Most Economical

  • Name
    30 TFSI 116 Sport 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £29,065

Fastest

  • Name
    SQ2 Quattro Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £45,660

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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