Anyone thinking the all-new Audi Q2 is just a scaled-down version of the Q3 couldn’t be more wrong.

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With the newest member of Audi’s high-riding Q stable, the designers have clearly broken from the matryoshka-style practice of serving up the same design in different sizes.

In this instance, we can thank the legendary Audi quattro (B2) with its pumped-up guards and striking body – a key optic the designers sought for Audi’s newest and smallest SUV.

Audi quattro

The other, perhaps more surprising design influence came in the form of an American Gridiron player in full game dress – that’s the high-roofed helmet and exaggerated shoulder pads that typifies this aggressive style of football.

Those key design attributes are most evident from the Q2’s profile, where the Audi’s high shoulder line and concave flanks visibly emphasise the wheel arches and its ‘quattro’ heritage.

Alabama football

From front-on, there’s a new octagonal-design singleframe grille along with oversize air intakes, which combine to create quite a masculine presence for what is a relatively small and lightweight SUV.

The sweeping roofline and extended roof spoiler (think Range Rover Evoque) help boast a sporty look as does the front and rear diffusers.

But the really strong feature, the one that best differentiates the Q2 from every other model in Audi’s Q family are the C-pillar blades, which can be ordered in a variety of contrasting colours.

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It’s a clever design on the inside too, with more space than you would think possible for a vehicle measuring just 4.190 metres in length.

The Q2 offers more boot space behind the rear seats (405 litres) than its larger Q3 stablemate, along with decent rear legroom and plenty of headspace due to the relatively low-set seat mounts.

The all-new Audi Q2 arrives here early 2017 priced from around $40,000 plus on-roads. For more on this new compact offering, see the links below.