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The Audi Q2 S-Line

The Audi Q2 S-Line

The Audi Q2 S-Line

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The Audi Q2 S-Line

Audi - Q2 s-Line MY teenage son sat the theory test to get his first provisional driving licence this week and an alarm bell went off in that head of mine again.

He will turn 18 early next year and he has never once sat behind the wheel of a car before.

For legal reasons, it is probably safer for me not to publish the age at which I first took the steering wheel in my hands. I will admit that I was a lot younger than 18 when I was first introduced to the motoring world and, before I get myself into any trouble, it was on a private country farm in the west of Ireland.

The main reason for me telling you this is because the motoring world has really changed since then and the young drivers of today may never have to go through the motions of changing gears, holding cars on steep hills by using the clutch or even actually have to do anything in a car in the next few years.

The reason for me telling you this is because recently, for the first time in nearly a year, I got behind the wheel of a car with a manual gearbox. The car in question was the refreshed Audi Q2.

It got me thinking how Irish buyers are slowly moving away from manual gearboxes that once dominated the core sales of cars on our little island.

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The Audi Q2 S-Line

The Audi Q2 S-Line

The Audi Q2 S-Line

But if you are not contemplating switching over to a full-electric car, which obviously all come without a gearbox, then this little petrol could still be the one for you.

On the outside, there is very little to distinguish the refreshed model from the outgoing one that was such a hit with Irish buyers. In fact, apart from a few minor tweaks here and there you would hardly notice any difference at all.

However, upon closer inspection I noticed new LED daytime running lights and a slightly updated front and rear end. Inside too, there has been no major overhaul to Audi’s MMI switchgear.

For me, this was a little disappointing as I am a massive fan of what the German premium brand does with its interiors. It possibly could have done with a refresh, then again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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On the road, the little Audi Q2 was a pleasure to drive. The six-speed automatic gearbox is as smooth as they come and I had nearly forgotten how good manual cars are to drive.

The engine is powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that is as smooth as silk and it feels like there is a much bigger unit under the hood.

Prices for the updated Q2 start at €35,465 for the SE model. My test car for the week was the S-Line model, which bumps the price up to €40,440. On top of that, my model came loaded with extras which topped the price off at €44,663, which is a bit steep in my eyes for Audi’s smallest SUV.

Overall though, the little Q2 should not be overlooked if you’re in the market for a small, premium SUV. Petrol is definitely not dead yet and its small engine is as economical as a full electric car without having to worry about range anxiety.

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