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.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The SQ2’s sports seats didn’t let me sit quite as low down in the cabin as I would’ve liked. That might have been more forgiveable were they not so lacking in lateral support.

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.

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The Virtual Cockpit, meanwhile, remains as impressive as ever. Its scope for configuration will no doubt be a draw for many, particularly its ability to show clear and attractive full-screen mapping information from the sat-nav system.

Allowing your eyes and fingers to explore the lower reaches of the SQ2’s interior reveals a broader mix of plastic finishes than most Audis have. These are detectable on the transmission tunnel and the lower half of the dash fascia; but it will likely be the doors you notice first, which are surprisingly plain-looking. The door bins aren’t lined, so any loose items can clatter about noisily on the move.

From an ergonomic point of view, there’s enough to impress. There’s little need to stretch or compromise your seating position to reach the controls for the climate systems and infotainment suite; and, while our testers agreed the manually adjustable seats left you positioned too high, the adjustability in the steering column made for an otherwise comfortable driving position.

As for the second row, a typical rear leg room figure of 650mm makes the SQ2 less spacious for back-seat passengers than a Cupra Ateca (670mm). Passengers with longer legs will find themselves having to spread their knees around the front seatback a bit, but not problematically so for shorter hops. Head room, meanwhile, is pretty average; we measured it at 930mm. That lags behind the Cupra (1040mm) and also a VW Golf R (950mm).

There is a good-sized boot, though – one that offers 355 litres of storage capacity with the rear seats in place. The load-bay floor is usefully flat, but a subwoofer housed beneath the floor does mean you can’t use the lower adjustable floor setting.

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