The sporty and striking appearance of this facelift model is thanks to the new headlights and bumpers, featuring a lower set grille. The octagonal Singleframe is now slightly lower, and the slats in its insert also feature the distinct polygon motif. This focus on design is carried through to the interior where the new Audi connect services and assist systems make driving the car even more effortless.

As you’d expect from an S model, it also has strong performance credentials: The 2.0 TFSI with 221 kW accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h.

The seven-speed S tronic’s lower gears feature short, sporty ratios while the seventh gear is long to reduce fuel consumption. Drivers can operate the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission in modes D or S, or shift themselves. If the Audi drive select system is in “efficiency” mode, the clutch disengages when coasting, allowing the compact sport SUV to freewheel.

“This SQ2 is packed full of style, features and progressive technology – you get a lot from this compact sport SUV,” said Audi New Zealand General Manager, Dean Sheed.

“Naturally, it delivers on performance too, with the turbo-charged four cylinder engine possessing excellent throttle response and a fuller sound, allowing the driver to fully immerse themselves in the driving experiences that New Zealand has to offer – whether in an urban environment, or out on the open road.”

The S sport suspension of the Audi SQ2 lowers the body by 20 millimetres and allows the vehicle to be even more agile – great for manoeuvring, in urban traffic, and in tight corners. The drive select dynamic handling system offers five profiles which change the character of the steering. The driver can also press a button to set the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) to off-road mode.

LED headlights are standard, with an option to have the new Matrix LED headlights as an alternative. These intelligently controlled high beam lights always illuminate the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users.

The SQ2 includes driver assist systems such as the pre sense front safety system, adaptive cruise assist and park assist as standard.

The new design enhancements also carry over to the Q2, ensuring Audi’s compact SUV looks even more dynamic across the entire range. The Q2 35 TFSI has already arrived in dealerships, with the Q2 40 TFSI due to arrive later this year.

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* As per global WLTP standard. Acceleration, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures depend on the individual vehicle specifications.

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