• Gaurav Chakraborty

Audi launches its most 'affordable' SUV in India

Audi Q2 has been launched officially in India. It is currently the cheapest model of the company in India.


Launched at a price tag of ₹ 34.99 lakhs. This car packs in a lot of features so don't get fooled when you hear it's the smallest addition to the Q series for India. The Q2 has been on sale in international markets since 2016.



Even though we're getting the pre-facelift edition, the Q2 might be a key model for Audi India to drive volumes, while the new version only went on sale in Europe. The wide single-piece grille, sporty bumpers, LED lighting and 17-inch alloy wheels are still included. With different customization choices and vivid colours, Audi is offering the Q2. It may be a small SUV, but its high bonnet still gives it a strong presence on the road. The Q2 is powered by a 2-litee TFSI turbo-petrol engine produces 190 PS and 320 Nm of torque. This is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. It also gets the company Quattro all-wheel-drive system making it grip well.


The luggage space can be extended from 405 litres to 1050 litres. The LED Ambient lighting kit enables you to use the MMI monitor to select between 10 different colours. The inlay-based ambient lighting that gives the interior of the Audi Q2 a futuristic look is especially fascinating.



Parking assistance with rearview camera, wireless charging inside the front centre armrest, ambient lighting and luxurious upholstery are include in the list of creature comforts in the Q2.


Lets talk about its variant breakup:


Q2 Standard-


The Audi Q2 's base model is fitted with 17-inch, multi-spoke wheels, dynamic turn signal LED tail lights, rear parking sensors, and heated and powered door mirrors. On the inside, between the dials, the Standard Q2 featues a colour MID screen, multi-function steering wheel, auto dimming interior rear-view mirror, and a 4-speaker Bluetooth communication MI infotainment system. The inside of the entry-level Q2 is completed by fabric seats and a foldable rear seat bench, with Audi offering customers the option of specifying the entry-level Q2 with a sunroof.


Q2 Premium-


In the variant immediately above the regular Q2, Audi does not deliver much in the way of cosmetic exterior improvements, with the only changes being a few major cockpit feature improvements. The Premium receives a sunroof, digital instrument cluster, improved 'Parking assist plus' system with a rear camera, a satellite navigation touchpad-operated MI system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and eight speakers instead of the four of the entry-spec Q2.



Q2 Premium 1-


The Premium Plus 1 does not receive many external enhancements over the basic model, as with the Audi Q2 Premium. It adds, however, to the feature upgrades provided in the remium, with the Premium Plus 1 getting select drive modes, cruise control, keyless entry and go, auto dimming exterior mirrors, and a 'Audi phone box' that attaches phones to the antenna of the car wirelessly and features Qi inductive wireless charging. Along with two USB ports, the car also gets leather seats and a 10-speaker Audi sound system.


Q2 Premium 2-


The Premium Plus 2 is also the first model to benefit from major exterior improvements, over and above the features of the Premium. It features a more sporty S-Line exterior, five-speaker wheels and an extended black styling kit, including blacked-out exterior components such as the C-pillar and front grille, giving a more rugged stance to the vehicle. However, the feature enhancements included in the Premium Plus 1 are missing out.



Q2 Technology-


For those who wonder if Audi would allow them to purchase aQ2 with both the Premium Plus 1 features and upholstery changes, and the Premium Plus 2 S-Line exterior and interior design, the 'Technology' variant answers that question. As the top-spec edition, it falls into the Q2 version line-up.




Pricing-


Q2 Standard - INR 34.99 lakhs

Q2 Premium - INR 40.89 lakhs

Q2 Premium 1 - INR 44.64 lakhs

Q2 Premium 2 - INR 45.14 lakhs

Q2 Technology - INR 48.89 lakhs


Competition-


When considering the cost, the Audi Q2 practically goes up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1. There are no direct rivals in India, though, in terms of population.


The SUV will be available with a 'Peace of Mind' package, which is an introductory offering that includes a five-year service package with 2+3 years of extended warranty and 2+3 years of roadside assistance. The German automaker has kept the booking amount of this baby Audi SUV in India at an amount of ₹2 lakh.



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