A long-term vehicle gets a lot of users, all with different needs and viewpoints, but one thing we’ve agreed on is that the cylinder on demand technology (CoD) is really rather smart and it really does work. It’s good to agree on something.
The CoD cuts the four cylinders to two in the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine under certain circumstances. We’ve been working on finding those sweet spots, and it seems to be around 2000rpm to 3200rpm on a constant but not too heavy throttle. One tester regularly managed to go from J9 to J12 on the M25 routinely with CoD activated, which at least on that stretch pushed fuel consumption figures up to around 50mpg.
Some of the other technology was a bit hit and miss, such as the automatic emergency braking which has had a fit of nerves when I’ve been undertaking a car turning right. I wanted to go straight on, not brake hard. The auto headlights didn’t always detect oncoming cars either so I’d like to say sorry for those who caught full beam before I could manually dip it.
Everyone has liked the quality of the cabin, with the £1300 spent on the Black Milano leather being deemed a good investment. And it’s the cabin that has worked for one tester in particular. They’ve been ferrying around some older relatives and the high seating, wide doors and generous proportions have won over several senior fans.
They were more used to a 2.0-litre diesel in an Audi A3 and were pondering switching to a Q3 but, after a journey in the Q2, they may well be slightly downsizing. Really, for many people it’s quite car enough.
It’s not cheap in this Sport spec, coming in at £24,000 before we started adding the extras like the leather. However, what is currently Audi’s smallest SUV certainly achieves some goals, like turning heads, keeping a wide range of people happy and comfortable and of course all agreeing about how good the CoD technology is.