Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model.
For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing our ideal Audi Q2.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and which cars you’d like to see next!
James Wong, Journalist
I'm quite a fan of the Audi Q2 – despite copping flack from some of my colleagues – because I think it looks sporty without sacrificing the practicality commonly associated with an SUV.
For this week's challenge I'm specifying a Q2 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro, because it's as fast as a Golf GTI and has the security of quattro all-wheel drive.
Externally, I've opted for Ara Blue Crystal, which really pops in person, contrasted with a Manhattan Grey metallic C-pillar blade and bumpers for a SUV aesthetic rather than jacked-up hatchback. Viper Green is available as a special order but I can't choose it in the configurator – sad face.
I also ticked the box for the Audi exclusive titanium black package, which changes the front grille and intakes from silver to black for a more stealthy look.
Inside, the black-on-black-on-black colour scheme may looks a little boring, but the brushed aluminium trim highlights add a nice contrast, and instead I've gone all out with the comfort and convenience options – it is an Audi after all.
From the lengthy options list, I've ticked the boxes for a black headliner, extended upholstery package (more leather, please), the Comfort Package (keyless access and start, heated seats, electric lumbar, heated folding mirrors etc.), privacy glass, panoramic roof, LED interior lighting, flat-bottom sports leather steering wheel with paddle-shifters, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, Virtual Cockpit, and MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch – phew I'm almost out of breath.
In addition to the above, I've also opted for the Assistance Package – including adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, side assist, high-beam assist and park assist – along with a head-up display and DAB+ digital radio, because I love the Coles channel.
All that totals to around $17,000 worth of options on top of this variant's $48,500 starting price before on-road costs, but I reckon it's pretty cool.
Plus, I'd like to think that with my pro negotiation skills I could nab this specification with the Viper Green exterior for way less than the RRP anyway – challenge accepted.
Melissa Ong, Social Media & Community Manager
Howdy Audi! This is my Q2 TDI Sport quattro in Glacier White metallic!
For the exterior, I've chosen to include the S-Line package with includes a badging set, body coloured bumpers, and subtle bodykit.
I upgraded the rims to these 19-inch rotor design units because I like buying expensive low-profile rubber every couple of years, what can I say? I also added the titanium black package that gives the grilles a stealth look.
Upon entering, you will be greeted by the illuminated 'S' door sills which lets your date know that it's time to go back to your place.
If anyone asks, the 'S' stands for sexy. Just in case, I added privacy glass – wink.
I went leather/Alcantara combination seats with heating and four-way lumbar support. I added the Bang (ey!) & Olufsen sound system and DAB+ radio in conjunction with the panoramic glass sunroof so people can hear me sing to Coles Radio in traffic.
I also extended the warranty to 150,000km for the extra peace of mind.
I didn't forget to add the black headlining, stainless steel pedals, sports seats, and sports suspension, head-up display and the Virtual Cockpit.... you gotta go all out in the interior tech – I'm a millennial and it's a 'pretend Audi' after all.
Scott Collie, Journalist
The Q2 is a very fashionable little car, and my configuration has been tailored to match that. Power comes from the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine, hooked up to quattro all-wheel drive. It's not a firecracker, but 140kW means it's no slouch, either.
I've chosen Ara Blue Crystal for the exterior, contrasting with a grey metallic c-pillar and the titanium black styling package. Looks mean, right? Although the sporty 19-inch alloy wheels were tempting, the lure of a comfortable ride was too good to ignore. Smaller 18-inch wheels it is, then.
When it was launched, the Q2 was designed to be the fun, easily customisable Audi. Turns out, you can only have fun with the specification in very certain circumstances. The result? Black-and-grey seats, aluminium dashboard trim and black headlining.
There are a few interesting touches on my car, though. The excellent Audi Virtual Cockpit was a no-brainer, and adds MMI Plus with a touch-sensitive rotary controller. I've also added the Assistance Package for adaptive cruise control, but it also forces the addition of all-round parking sensors, auto-hold and connected infotainment services.
They're extravagances, but I also stumped for heated front seats and a three-way folding rear bench. Practical and pretty.
Kez Casey, Road Tester
It’s basically impossible to take the Q2 seriously as an SUV. This thing is pure hatchback, but since Audi insists – and has a proud rally heritage – I may as well use that as an excuse to apply vague Ur Quattro cues.
That means going to the top of the tree for engines, with a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo four and all-wheel drive of the Q2 TFSI Sport quattro flagship with adaptive suspension to maintain ride quality. It's a seven-speed dual-clutch auto only though, sadly. No manual here.
White is trademark Ur Quattro, but damn they look good in red (there were four over its lifespan: Venus, Mars, Tornado, and Titan) so in Q2 terms that means Tango Red metallic, amped up with sportier S-Line bumpers and sills, titanium black intake and grille surrounds, and silver 19-inch Y-Spoke alloy wheels.
Inside there’s Milano leather with red accents, a black headliner, Bang & Olufsen audio and the Q2’s natty-looking LED-lit dash inserts, but Audi gets bossy and won’t allow S-Line seats with contrasting colours, or a digital dash (channeling the Quattro’s LCD cluster) without a pointless flat-bottomed steering wheel. Rude!
As it turns out there’s no way to make a 21st century rally weapon out of Audi’s entry-level crossover after all, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Mike Costello, Senior Editor
The Audi Q2 is a handsome little thing. Expensive and only moderately practical, but handsome.
While some may err towards bright yellow, red or blue paint hues to ramp up the fun factor, I prefer my Audis to be austere.
I fitted 19-inch alloys, offset by adaptive dampers to soften the ride. The cabin has leather/Alcantara seats. Threw on a panoramic sunroof as well.
The engine is the 2.0 TFSI petrol making 140kW, with a quattro all-wheel drivetrain, of course.
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