Looking for a spanking new Audi SUV for less than £10 a day? Try the Q2 Technik

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PSSST. Fancy a spanking new Audi SUV for less than £10 a day? Of course you do.

Well, this £24k Q2 Technik can cost you £291.22 a month for 48 months with Audi finance — just under a tenner a day. You could spend £24k on a Vauxhall Corsa if you aren’t careful.

The latest Audi Q2 costs less than a tenner a day

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The latest Audi Q2 costs less than a tenner a dayCredit: AUDI AG

I admit we’re talking about the entry-level Q2 here — and it doesn’t have Audi’s fancy virtual cockpit display.

But the boot opens and closes at the touch of a button, the infotainment system is compatible with all smartphones, plus it comes with LED headlamps, adaptive steering and cruise control.

It even has four-way electric lumbar support for both the front seats and is fully ISOFIX’d up. All you need, then.

Entry-level Audis of old would come with precious little except a long list of pricey options. And it’s this, not the ultra-mild visual facelift, which sets the new Q2 apart from its predecessor.

It's the perfect size for a young family as it offers 405 litres of prime luggage space

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It’s the perfect size for a young family as it offers 405 litres of prime luggage space

The Q2’s looks, as ever, remain somewhat polarising. Personally, I appreciate the bolder aesthetic — setting it apart, positively, from the larger and more conformist Q3 and Q5.

Its gaping, glossy black grille. Its chunky body has those contrasting rear C-pillar “blades”.

And it’s got those cool, heavily chamfered sections down the shoulders of the doors.

Plus it’s the ideal size for a young family encumbered with all the kit and caboodle that entails, with 405 litres of prime luggage space.

It even comes complete with a smartphone-compatible infotainment system, LED headlamps, adaptive steering and cruise control

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It even comes complete with a smartphone-compatible infotainment system, LED headlamps, adaptive steering and cruise controlCredit: AUDI AG

However, if you’re tempted to start splashing out on the Quattro option — Audi’s four-wheel drive system — you will reduce that by 50 litres.

Another family-friendly aspect of the Q2 is its notably lofty ride height, which some of its rivals, premium or otherwise, can fall short on.

So the cheapest Technik spec is a 1-litre turbocharged petrol affair with 109bhp and a six-speed manual transmission.

And a 0-62mph dash is dispatched in a not completely embarrassing time of 11 seconds.

The Q2 rides well, with firmish suspension and accurate steering

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The Q2 rides well, with firmish suspension and accurate steeringCredit: AUDI AG

But if for some reason this modest progress is not for you, and you need to sling this compact SUV to 62mph in under five seconds, you will need to slap an S on the front.

And for this, the £40k Audi SQ2, you’ll fork out a further £15k. I wouldn’t.
Things are a tad more lively in the 1.5-litre, 148bhp optional engine upgrade.

The larger engine can also take a dual-clutch automatic seven-speed transmission, but the difference isn’t night and day.

The Q2 rides well, with firmish suspension that keeps any body roll in check and the steering feels accurate and quick, leaving you to feel suitably connected to the road you are on.

Key facts

AUDI Q2

Price: £24,435

Engine: 1-litre turbo petrol

Power: 109hp, 200Nm

0-62mph: 11.2 secs

Top speed: 119mph

Economy: 49mpg

CO2: 130g/km

Out: Now

The interior is good quality and feels reassuringly Audi, even if a few areas of less premium surfaces pop up in more hard-wearing spots — something that might irk only if you forked out for a top-end model.

Audi’s SUV starter pack is a surprisingly compelling choice and arguably more so than when the Q2 debuted five years ago.

It’s still a bit pricier than non-premium rivals. But it’s an Audi at the end of the day and that badge comes with it.

If you can live without a few gadgets and aren’t looking for performance, you won’t break the bank buying a Q2 . . . while the rest of the street might look and think you did just that.

By Rob Lewis

Honda Fireblade is hot and smooth

THIS is Glen Irwin’s Honda Fireblade BSB bike.

Riding a race bike is always a treat. Riding one before the race season it’s intended for is unheard of.

The Honda Fireblade feels like a road bike, but much quicker

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The Honda Fireblade feels like a road bike, but much quickerCredit: PROVIDED

Oulton Park is one of the most challenging tracks I’ve ever ridden, so I’m relieved to be handed a road-going Fireblade for a session to figure out where the track goes.

With the traction control firmly on and the bike in sport mode, I head out.

The front end on a Fireblade is one of the best. It swallows my clunky inputs with ease and is very forgiving as I umm-and-ahh my way round the track.

Before I know it, I’m back in the pits, handing over a lovely, comfy, road-legal Fireblade to be plonked on the race bike.

It makes 241 (rather than 214) bhp and weighs just 180kg, 21 less than the road-legal version. Just numbers on paper to a reader . . . but when you’re sat on them, it feels like my six numbers have landed on the Lottery.

Somebody shouts something in my helmet about the transmission but all I can hear is noise.

EFFORTLESSLY LIGHTWEIGHT

I’m staring down the pit lane and my mouth is dry as old bread. Did I mention there’s no traction control? Twenty seconds later, I’m riding a British Superbike.

I’m nervous, slow and it’s nothing like what I daydreamed about watching the telly.

The bike feels like it weighs nothing. I’m able to place it wherever I like on the track with zero effort.

I’m too sensible to try all the power but what I use feels smooth as butter. Butter laced with Jagermeister, but butter.

Stopping power is immense but so is lever feel. Parts of what the race bike does feel identical to the road bike – it’s just doing everything quicker. Within two laps, I’m in love.

Eventually I have to come in and hand it back. I feel like I was quicker on the road-going Fireblade simply because it felt so familiar. The smile on my face says otherwise.

Round one of BSB is at Oulton Park on June 25. You won’t want to miss it.

By John Hogan

Ask Alfie

Q) WHY am I not getting the economy quoted from my 2019 Ford Focus 1-litre EcoBoost? It’s supposed to do 50.4mpg on the WLTP cycle but I’m getting around 40-45mpg. I thought WLTP was supposed to have sorted this.

Sally Mycroft

Yeah, Sal, WLTP is better than the old NEDC system at this kind of economy reporting but it’s still not 100 per cent accurate for real-world driving.

If you are doing more motorway driving in your Focus, that’ll probably be why its fuel consumption isn’t quite as impressive as you were expecting. Those little three-cylinder petrols don’t exactly like being worked hard. They give better economy in and around town. I reckon your return is about bang on for one of those Fords.

Q) MY mate is convinced the Ford Ranger Raptor can’t be registered as a commercial vehicle despite it being a pick-up truck. Is he on to something or got the wrong end of the stick?

Alan Wetherall

He’s not wrong, Al. The Raptor, for all its butch looks, can’t carry more than 1,000kg in its back, which is what qualifies these trucks for light commercial vehicle status.

That means you can only buy it with VAT added on and the BIK rates for company car users aren’t as favourable. It also can’t tow as much as a normal Ranger. But you can qualify (oddly enough) for commercial rates of VED.

Q) I’M looking at a pretty tidy VW Passat W8 estate, 2002, high mileage (well into six figures) but with great provenance. The seller wants almost six grand for it but I think that’s a bit high.

Frank Dupont

They’re blinkin’ rare and values are on the rise for tidy ones. You might be able to haggle the seller down to five and a half large but I reckon the response to you trying to chip away at the price will be to say, “Go and find a better one for less elsewhere”. It’s what I’d do.

Hammond: I’ve got a small cog

RICHARD HAMMOND has set up a classic car restoration business aptly named The Smallest Cog.

The pint-sized Grand Tour presenter said: “Jeremy Clarkson and James May might suggest otherwise, but it’s to highlight the fact that our attention to detail will be right down to the smallest cog . . . and the smallest cog is often the most significant, whether it’s in a gearbox, engine or differential.”

Classic car fan Richard Hammond has set up his own restoration business

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Classic car fan Richard Hammond has set up his own restoration business

Hammond has joined forces with restoration experts Neil and Anthony Greenhouse who have previously worked on the star’s own cars.

He revealed that tinkering with cars – rather than just crashing them on TV – is “in my bones”.

He added: “My grandfather was a coachbuilder; he worked at Mulliners in Birmingham and thereafter at Jensen in West Bromwich.

“I’ve always wanted to prove to him there’s more to me than driving around the world, talking about other people’s supercars, crashing them then pretending to weld them up in a desert.

“It’s also about a passion of mine to preserve crafts. My grandfather could work with wood, metal and just about anything. I wanted to do something real in the car industry rather than just being a commentator on the outside of it. This business is the perfect opportunity.”

Braking news

By James Atwood

  • FIAT has become the latest major car firm to commit to going fully electric by 2030. The pure-electric 500 city car is already here and bosses will say “ciao” to the Italian marque’s remaining combustion-engined vehicles between 2025 and 2030.
  • STILL fuming that you missed out on the chance to buy that £20million Rolls-Royce Boat Tail with the pop-up parasol? Here’s some good news, then: Rolls boss Torsten Muller-Otvos tells us the firm is hoping to do similar coachbuilt one-offs every couple of years or so. So you best start saving up now.
  • DON’T rush out to buy that Tesla just yet. The new BMW i4 – an electric saloon with up to 567bhp and 367 miles of range . . . and, we should warn, a massive kidney grille – is now available to order in this country, with prices starting from £51,905.
  • AUDI is working on a major upgrade for the e-tron, its first electric SUV. Due in 2022, the revamped car will gain a new battery and upgraded motors capable of increasing its range to 373 miles – up from 249 miles at the moment.
  •  James is executive editor at Autocar magazine

Hammond will be at The London Classic Car Show at Syon Park on June 26 alongside several project cars, including a Ford Escort RS2000 he’s just bought at auction.

He said: “It’s going to be great to get out there and share my love for classic cars with others who are equally dotty about old Lamborghinis and Jaguars. It will be even better if we can drum up some new business.”

Advance tickets are £25, available from theclassiccarshowuk.com

  •  MESSAGE to The Grand Tour fans: Be patient. Not long now. Promise.
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