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New Audi Q2 Launched in India, Prices Commence at Rs 34.99 Lakh

The Audi Q2 has been around in international markets for over four years, and it is the currently smallest crossover that the upmarket German brand makes. After much wait, the Q2 is now finally in India. However, get ready to go deep into your pockets as this one is quite expensive – the range starts at a steep Rs 34.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Even then, you will only be getting the not-so-fancy, entry-level Standard trim. Uh. For reference, the BMW X1 (which is larger and slotted a segment higher) is priced from Rs 35.90 lakh. Of course, there is a good reason why the petit Audi Q2 costs so much – it is directly shipped to India as a CBU (Completely Built Unit). While Audi’s line-up of models in the country isn’t as extensive as it once used to be, more models will be coming shortly.

As mentioned, the Standard trim will be your entry point into the Audi Q2 range. Second in line is the Premium, costing Rs 40.89 lakh, followed by the Premium Plus 1 at Rs 44.64 lakh. At the higher end, we have the Premium Plus 2 at Rs 45.14 lakh and the top-end Technology trim at Rs 48.89 lakh. On the outside, even the base Q2 gets full-LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, and dynamic turn indicators. Then there are the 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels, body-colored door mirrors, ‘sport’ bumpers with aluminum inserts up front, and, of course, a large ‘Singleframe’ front grille. The only discernable difference between the Standard trim and the Premium is the inclusion of a glass roof in the latter. Meanwhile, the top two trims of the Q2 come with Audi’s S-line appointments and Black Styling Package for a better and sportier appearance.

Like many of these smaller crossovers nowadays, the Audi Q2’s overall size and proportion make it look more like a hatchback on stilts rather than a true 4×4. However, that is not to say that the Q2 doesn’t have any road presence at all, because it does. Its broad stance combined with a sporty front-end design, contrasting C-pillars, and enlarged wheel arches, gives this little guy something to joust. Then there are also the four rings on the grille – badge appeal is still very much a real thing. Obviously, you are not going to be scaring away any real SUVs with the Q2. But then again, you are classy and sophisticated to be involved in such petty shenanigans. The interior of the Q2 can be had with aluminum scuff plates, ambient LED lighting, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, Sport leather seats, a stylish frameless rearview mirror, and turbine-style circular air vents.

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On the features front, the Audi Q2 gets dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, auto-dimming & power-operated door mirrors, a drive mode selector, wireless charger, Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit driver’s display, a 10-speaker audio system, and a touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation plus Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. The Q2’s safety net includes several electronic nannies to keep you out of harm’s way, including a complement of 8 airbags! That is definitely something you can brag about. So technically, the Q2 has more airbags than the maximum number of occupants it can legally carry. Compared to what is already available in other markets, the Q2 we get in India is still the pre-facelift model. When you think about it, you will be paying a lot of money for a car that is already outdated (at least, design-wise).

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The Audi Q2 40 TFSI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 190hp and 320Nm of torque. It gets a 7-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels using Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive technology. However, do keep in mind that this car is set up to be a front-wheel spinner most of the time. Only when the system detects a loss in traction does it engage the rear wheels. Given its small-ish size and spirited internals, the Q2 can hit a top speed of 228 kmph, while the sprint from naught to 100 kmph will take only 6.5 seconds to accomplish. Audi also claims that the Q2 can achieve about 15.3 kmpl on a combined cycle. These are all pretty respectable numbers for sure. As of now, the Audi Q2 is yet to face any direct competition from other carmakers in India.

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