Whenever I hear the word “Audi”, I’m transported into an episode of AbFab…“Names, Names, Names Sweety.” When I think ‘Audi’, I think class, all class. And the new Audi baby SUV, the Q2, is a peach.

The neat sports-hatch-SUV is a perfect size with perfect proportions, with a stocky gym-fit look about it.

Exterior

It has the looks of a sports wagon, but what looks like a rear window between C pillar and hatch is actually solid metal.

It doesn’t seem to adversely effect the visibility, which is just as well.

The “polygon” theme is highlighted by the designer taking a hatchet to the clay model and scything out a chunk along the top of the doors.

Audi says “no one else is doing it”, but I think it looks out of place. It puts sharp edges and corners on a rounded off profile.

The smallest of Audi’s SUV offerings looks to sit high enough off the ground for a little light off-road work, alas the front-wheel-drive petrol 1.4 litre probably wouldn’t lend itself to such aspirations.

There is an all-wheel drive quattro version, but costs many extra shekels.

Edition #1, a launch model special edition, has black highlights, and a great looking set of black 5 spoke alloys.

It is shamelessly aimed at the younger buyers with an eye for quality. The low-ish buy-in price may well just get there.

The rear ¾ view reminded me of a Volkswagen Polo, which is not a bad thing, merely an observation.

2018 Audi q2 interiorInterior

Premium, without a doubt. The switches and knobs feel good to touch. They’re all within easy reach, but lack the luxury feel of the more expensive models.

Surfaces, fabrics, leather and plastics, feel similarly premium with the exception of the dashboard plastic around the glove box and steering column areas.

The design package adds unique lighting along the top of the glove box, and the sides of the console.

A white light glows eerily from within, making a pattern on the polygonal surfacing. It is extremely effective, especially at night.

Our car didn’t come with the “virtual dash”, so instead of the cool 12” LCD driver’s screen, made do with conventional instruments.

Still very functional, the dash lacks the wow-factor I expect.

The centre stack is crammed full of features, including Apple CarPlay. Once connected to the USB, the screen reflects iPhone apps including messaging, music, and maps.

You can handle these functions handsfree using “hey Siri”, or with the Voice Control button.

The floating tablet (which no longer lowers into the dash when not in use) is not a touch screen, which is an oversight making the control centre the only way to access some functions.

The control centre on the console between the front seats has a large dial, and several switches.

You quickly get used to their function, but the large dial does not have the track-pad as standard.

Some models allow you to write the letters as you would on a laptop pad. We found input using the rotary knob far too fiddly and opted for Apple Maps via CarPlay using voice control instead.

The audio volume on/off switch is on the left-hand side and is obscured by the gear lever when in park. It’s a hangover from the left to right hand conversion no doubt.

Cup holders and a nifty adjustable arm rest round off the front seat conveniences.

The USB socket in the Audi SUV is easy to reach, and there is a spot to rest your phone while plugged in to stop it from rattling about the cabin.

I liked the sculptured seats too. They were extremely comfortable, and there was plenty of room even when a couple of teenage girls were riding in the pauper’s seats in back.

Four eye-ball vents allow perfect placement of airflow, and add a whisper of aircraft design to the cockpit.

The rear seats fold flat making the cargo hold incredibly useful.

Features

The 2018 Audi Q2 Edition #1 comes with Audi Pre-sense including AEB (autonomous emergency braking), 7 airbags, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay, auto wipers and lights, Climate control, and 18” alloys.

The really cool stuff is an optional extra such as:

  • Adaptive cruise
  • Auto parking
  • Virtual cockpi