Weight is on the SQ2’s side here – at least, when compared with the only other performance crossover rival against which we can measure its pace. The more compact Audi was 85kg lighter than the related Cupra Ateca on the scales, and showed as much by outstripping its Spanish in-house rival against the clock.
Launching through typically efficient electronic driveline governance and two generously rubbered axles, the SQ2 needed just 4.5sec to hit 60mph from rest. It was three-tenths of a second quicker than the Cupra from 30-70mph – not least because of the traction it has and the slickness of its twin-clutch gearbox in flat-chat operation. It also beat the current Honda Civic Type R, tested in slightly damp conditions back in 2017, by the same margin.
At that speed, few ought to be disappointed by the outright pace of this hot Audi… and yet. The knockout clout of Audi Sport’s five-cylinder compact RS models was never likely to be forthcoming from this lower-rung S model; but, of a modern fast Audi, somehow you can’t banish the thought of it from your impressions of the SQ2 – nor help being left just a little bit cold by the performance of a powertrain that nonetheless makes all the right noises, and hits as hard as can reasonably be expected.