The smallest crossover in Audi's lineup has just received a facelift, as well as a plethora of new tech. This is the 2021 Audi Q2, and boy does it look sleek and cool.
But what did Audi exactly update on the Q2 for the 2021 model year?
Starting with its more aggressive exterior, the Q2 now gets a more angular front grille and larger air inlets on the lower which give the crossover a sportier appeal. There's also the optional Matrix LED adaptive headlights, and massive 19-inch alloy wheels - providing the Q2 a more sinister look.
The rear, on the other hand, largely remains the same apart from the restyled bumper which now conceals the exhausts thanks to the new integrated diffuser. Those looking to give the Q2 an even more aggressive look can opt for the Black Edition.
As cool as it looks, we can't help but notice that the blacked-out portions appeared to have been made using magic markers. From the front grille, faux air inlets/outlets, the D-pillar, and the rear bumper, it looks like Audi made sure to give the crossover a bevy of blacked-out accents.
If the changes to the exterior look subtle, the interior revisions of the Q2 are more understated. It still gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel, the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, and a free-standing 8.3-inch infotainment display on the dashboard. What's new, however, are the restyled aircon vents, faux carbon-fiber trim panel, and the new gear selector for dual-clutch S-Tronic variants.
In terms of upholstery, Audi is no longer offering Alcantara-covered seats. Instead, the Q2's seats and door panels are now upholstered with Dinamica microfiber along with neat touches of faux suede. Higher-grade models even come with fine Nappa leather, along with heated front seats. Other in car-amenities such as MMI navigation plus, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, smartphone Interface, Bang & Olufsen sound system, LED ambient lighting, and a panoramic sunroof is available on the 2021 Q2.
At launch, the 2021 Audi Q2 gets a 1.5-liter TFSI gasoline engine which puts out 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It is then coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, though the seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch is available as an option. The lone engine option will soon be joined by two additional TFSI motors, as well as two turbo-diesel TDI engines. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system will also be made available to the Q2 in the months to come.
With Europe the first to receive the 2021 Audi Q2, we can expect other markets like the Philippines to follow suit. But with the pandemic still affecting global markets, it might take a while before the refreshed Q2 makes its way to the Philippines.