The Audi Q2 range has been bolstered by the addition of a performance-oriented 2.0 TFSI Sport variant, which kicks off at $48,500 before on-road costs.

Serving as the petrol flagship, the Q2 2.0 TFSI features a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol, mated as standard to a dual-clutch transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.

With the extra pep, the little SUV can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds, which is in the same ballpark as established hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Despite its performance potential, the Q2 2.0 TFSI has a claimed fuel consumption rating of 6.5L/100km.

Standard equipment largely mirrors that of the diesel 2.0 TDI Sport quattro ($49,100). That means you get LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators, MMI navigation, bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, an electric tailgate, dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed sports seats and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. There's also autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection (up to 65km/h).

However, to get tech like adaptive cruise control with stop&go, high-speed AEB (up to 200km/h), blind spot assist, highbeam assist and park assist, you'll need to shell out an extra $990 for the optional Assistance Package.

Other options include Audi's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instruments, LED interior lighting packages, various alloy wheel designs, and exterior colours.

The Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Sport is on sale now.

2018 Audi Q2 pricing

1.4 TFSI Design - $41,800

2.0 TFSI Sport quattro - $48,500 (new)

2.0 TDI Sport quattro - $49,100

All prices exclude on-road costs