The SQ2 is at once subtle but unmistakeable, and so adopts the tone set by so many Audi performance derivatives. Sports suspension shaves 20mm from the ride height of the standard Q2, and the grille and hefty air intakes in the front bumper not only feature unique vanes but are also optionally ringed by broad, black accents.
Follow the car’s bevelled edges back and you’ll find the rear adorned with no less than four exhaust tips in the style of the S3. On a compact SUV they make quite a statement, but this is the image SQ2 buyers will want. Moreover, it’s the S3 hot hatch with which this new crossover shares a significant amount of hardware.
The Volkswagen Group’s excellent EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol is once again reprised, with figures that every road tester now knows by heart: 296bhp and 295lb ft, with the latter generated at only 2000rpm and holding on until 5200rpm.
Despite such a broad powerband, the SQ2 gets Audi’s S tronic dualclutch transmission, with the brand’s typically small paddle-shifters affixed to the back of the wheel.