You might need to hold a special affection for the Audi brand in order to commit to an SQ2. An asking price of £36,800 is steep compared with that of a Cupra Ateca or VW Golf R Estate, both of which use doppelgänger powertrains to the one in the Audi but have greater practicality and, in the Golf’s case, greater handling polish too.

Though the car comes well equipped, consider also the additional options that may be required to create the SQ2 in your mind’s eye. You’ll pay £1500 for the 19in wheels and gloss-black exterior trim, £375 for privacy glass, £1395 for Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle and £700 for a premium sound system. But if, beyond £40,000, the SQ2 becomes very questionable value for money at list price, it is more impressive than rivals in its ability to hold its value.

Richard Lane

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Audi SQ2 performs incredibly well for retained value against Cupra Ateca and BMW X2 M35i

Our forecasts suggest that after three years and 36,000 miles, the Audi will retain more than 60% of its purchase price, which shades the Cupra (59%) and comprehensively betters BMW’s X2 M35i (48%). This should also make for favourable PCP finance deals.

At the time of writing, Audi Financial Services will get you behind the wheel of an SQ2 for £441.30 per month, following an initial deposit of £5850. Final balloon payment amounts to £19,688.75. Representative APR stands at 5.9%.

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Day to day, the SQ2 should prove no more expensive to run than could be expected of an SUV-shaped car with almost 300bhp. Our recorded touring economy of 34.5mpg might have been a little higher but, with a 55-litre fuel tank, it is at least enough for 325 miles between fill-ups.

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