There’s plenty of appeal to be drawn from the simplified layout and minimalistic design of the SQ2’s cabin, but oddly enough it’s also a cabin that, even though the Q2’s only been on sale since 2017, is beginning to show its age.
The overall architecture isn’t unlike what you’d find in an A3 from 2013 – and, indeed, those familiar with Audi’s newer models might just remark that the SQ2’s cockpit looks and feels just a little bit last season. That said, the array of circular air vents that populate the moulded, soft-touch dashtop still exude a welcome level of stylishness, even if they lack the rich material tactility one might expect from the cabin of a £40,000 Audi.
Our SQ2 ran Audi’s older MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system that, along with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, comes as part of the £1395 Technology Package. It comprises a dashtop-mounted 8.3in screen (the standard car gets a 7in display) that’s controlled solely through the rotary dial that lies just behind the gear selector.
It works well, allowing for comfortable navigation between the various functions and their respective sub-menus. Dedicated shortcut buttons flank the main dial, allowing for even quicker access. While the display is easy to read and not adversely affected by a hugely noticeable amount of latency once up and running, on the graphics front it is beginning to show its age.