The Audi SQ2 is the top of the Q2 line, with a 300hp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel drive. The SQ2 will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. Audi has lowered the SQ2's suspension marginally compared to the rest of the Q2 range to keep it from sliding around too much in the corners.
As a result, the outcome is a tiny SUV that is actually fun to drive. When accelerating hard, the SQ2 provides enough performance to excite and emits an addicting thrum. Its regular seven-speed dithers at low speeds and when trying to drop down a gear with the paddles while driving swiftly, but it shifts between ratios quickly and smoothly the rest of the time.
The SQ2 boasts a lot of grip and light but precise steering. Because of the combination of power and confidence-inspiring grip, you'll have a lot of fun pushing it around country-road turns without fear of unexpected unpredictability. In the end, it's more enjoyable than either the Mini or the Cupra.
The good news is that when you want it to, the SQ2 can also play the relaxed SUV role. Switching from Sport to Comfort mode relaxes the accelerator and gearbox while also lightening the steering. Its small size makes it simple to thread through.
Its small size makes it easy to manoeuvre in town, there's little wind or road noise on the highway, and while being harder over bumps than regular Q2s, it's never uncomfortable, especially with the standard 18-inch alloy wheels.