The smallest of Audi’s SUV line up, the Golf R, receives a… what? It’s not? How? Ah, sorry. The SQ2, the faster version of Audi’s smallest SUV’s (correct now?) receives the 2-year update. Sure, the model does lend itself for a good ribbing, with the chassis being that of the S3 and the Golf R, sharing the engine, footprint and so on, and being as good off road as a duck is at baking croissants. But on the road, and driven sharpish, the SQ2 is quite the fun machine.
Limited to 250KPH and with a nominal power output of 300HP, the small hatchback on stilts gets to 100KPH in under 5 seconds. A figure reserved to $100K cars not that long ago.
The 2020 update is, understandably, quite limited in its depth. Maintaining the 2.0 TFSI engine, one with 400Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm, and with Launch Control, the SQ5 stays paired to the outstanding 7-speed S tronic gearbox. Quattro drive train and adaptive steering remain at the forefront in keeping the SQ2 stuck to the tarmac.
The main styling changes are made apparent at the front, where under the new Matrix LED headlights the octagonal frame is slightly lower, making it appear wider. The new optional headlights include intelligently controlled illumination that guarantees maximum visibility while preventing blinding of other drivers.
Prices remain in the $55,000 range. Pretty penny for a small utility car, sure, but not so much for a 4-wheel drive adrenaline machine.