2016 Geneva Motor Show

Audi's Only Gone And Found Another Niche With Its Q2 SUV

Just when you thought Audi's lineup couldn't get any bigger...

The big German premium marques are all notorious nowadays for expanding into niches that seemed unthinkable a while ago. BMW, for instance, sells not one but two butt ugly coupe-SUV models. But Audi's probably the worst offender of the lot. Factor in its "S" and "RS" models, and it sells a staggering 29 different car types in the United States. There's even more in markets like Europe, where you get A3 hatchback and S4 Avant estate models filling up the roster. Unsurprisingly, then, it has a brand new model unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show: the Q2 SUV.

Credit where credit's due, though, Audi does seem to have put a lot of work into the Q2. Take its design, for instance: Audi says it's taken a more "geometric" approach to the Q2's exterior styling, in contrast with the more svelte cues seen on other models. Whether it works or not is up to you to decide, but at least you can at least differentiate this one from the other Q models. Likewise, the interior is built to the same standard we expect from modern Audis (i.e. top notch), and the sportier driver will be pleased to know a 190-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine will be offered. It's only available with a dual-clutch automatic, but there is solace in knowing it's the closest we have right now in terms of size and power to a Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Rest assured, though, the Audi Q2 family is bound to expand quickly. We already know a 2.0-liter TFSI engine will be available in the Q2 range next year, and we wouldn't be surprised if Audi unleashed S Q2 and RS Q2 models on us soon after. Remember, Audi is a company that's made an even more powerful version of the already rather quick RS Q3 hot crossover, so logic dictates that a sportier version of its lighter, smaller and presumably more agile Q2 is in the pipelines. Even if those models don't materialize, there's always the consolation that the Q2's going to be a huge sales hit, meaning Audi should have more money to spend on making future TT and R8 variants the best cars they can possibly be. Clouds and their silver linings, eh?

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