The rise in popularity of SUVs in the last 10yrs has been incredible – every manufacturer is creating more and more models to satisfy the buying public’s desire for a higher-riding car. But what happens if you want an SUV but still want great performance? Well, that’s where the new breed of performance SUVs comes in and at the smaller end of the scale, we now have this – the Audi SQ2. Based on their smallest SUV, it looks stylish, funky and perfect for the city, but with the addition of the S to the front of that badge, it now gets a whole chunk more aggression as well. There are massive intakes and grilles at the front, big wheels and at the back four exhaust pipes jut out of the rear bumper. Those aren’t just for show either, as under the bonnet sits the 2.0 litre, 296bhp turbocharged 4c-cylinder motor from the S3, driven through a 7spd DSG gearbox to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. So now you have looks, practicality, performance and all-weather traction in one small package.
BMW M2 COMPETITION
When BMW released the M2 in 2015 it quickly earned its place among the M/// greats, with many proclaiming it was actually a better driver’s car than the M4. But times move on and the 2-Series coupe got a facelift, so BMW decided to take that opportunity to give the M2 a steroid injection. The first change you notice is the nose, which has a lot more angles – especially the grille which now almost blends into one piece. The head and tail lights get new graphics, there are a new set of alloy wheels, and inside you get the M4-style bucket seats, but the biggest changes come under the skin. The M2 Competition now has the M3/M4’s S55 engine, down-tuned slightly to 404bhp. This means there are an extra 40bhp and 50Nm of torque which enables the 0-62mph time to drop to 4.4 seconds for the manual and 4.2 seconds for the optional seven-speed dual-clutch box. With all these changes it looks like BMW has just made the best even better – we can’t wait to get behind the wheel!
|Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo||Power296bhp|
|Engine PositionFront||Top Speed155mph|
|MPG33.2 mpg||Retail Price£88,795|
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