New Audi SQ2 2019: prices, specs and release date

Audi's smallest performance SUV arrives with 296bhp and a price of £36,800

Pricing, specifications and further images of the new Audi SQ2 SUV have been revealed. The SQ2 features a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, enabling it to sprint from 0-62mph in less than five seconds. The SQ2 is the entry point into Audi’s fast ‘S’ model range and costs £36,800 before options.

Audi calls the styling changes ‘subtle but effective’, and it’s clear that the SQ2 isn’t the brashest performance car on the market. Changes at the front include a splitter that’s part of a redesigned bumper, a different grille design and slightly larger air intakes. It sits on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, and the section between the rear door and windscreen is finished in a matt grey colour. At the rear, the boot spoiler has been tweaked, and there are four exhaust pipe finishers to mark it out from the rest of the range.

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Delve into the options list and you can add alloy wheels that are an inch larger and an exclusive design, plus an SQ2 exterior pack, which adds black trim pieces and a bigger spoiler.

Audi SQ2 design and technology

The Audi SQ2 shares its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI turbocharged petrol engine with the Audi S3. Like that car, it produces a huge 296bhp and that's enough for a claimed 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds. Fortunately, huge 340mm brake discs at the front (310mm at the back) should make easy work of reining all that power in.

Audi has confirmed that the SQ2 sits 20mm lower than the standard Q2 and uses a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system is standard, and the SQ2 is known to have covered many testing miles at the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Experienced drivers will enjoy the SQ2's drive select system, which allows the stability control to be switched off entirely.

Interior

The Audi SQ2’s interior marks itself out as the fastest model with sports seats, red stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a mix of leather and Alcantara suede upholstery. To this, you can add the Interior Pack from the options list, which adds extras such as two-colour full leather sports seats in the front, red air vents and LED interior lighting. The Technology Pack, featuring Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and wireless charging amongst other things, and a Comfort & Sound Pack (front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and a Bang & Olufsen audio system) can also be added.

Audi SQ2 price and release date

The Audi SQ2 costs £36,800 before any options, which shows its position at the top of the range. Its pricetag means it’s a little more expensive than the £35,000 Audi S3 Sportback. Deliveries are starting in the next few days.

What does the Audi SQ2 mean for car buyers?

As with Audi's premium BMW and Mercedes rivals, there's a strong demand for sporty SUVs that combine the speed of a hot hatchback with the added practicality and higher driving position of an SUV.

While the forthcoming Audi SQ2 won't be a direct rival to the 376bhp Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, it may herald a more powerful RS model in the future. Audi insiders have hinted that the more powerful RS3 engine could appear in a future RS Q2. For now, the Audi SQ2 will slot beneath the bigger Audi SQ5 and flagship Audi SQ7, both of which are already on sale. The latest Audi Q3 will also sire a high-performance Audi SQ3, and this car, too, has been spotted undergoing tests.

Read our review of the Cupra Ateca and the latest news about the Volkswagen T-Roc R, which will be two of the SQ2’s biggest rivals.

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