Audi Offers More Q2 To Chinese Customers With The Slightly Longer Q2 L

We got our first glimpse of the long-wheelbase Audi Q2 L earlier this year when photos of the small SUV surfaced in China.

Now we can take a better look at the Q2 L as Audi has officially launched it in the world’s largest car market. As with most long-wheelbase models sold in China, the Q2 L looks almost identical with the car it’s derived from, the Q2.

The big difference is the 27 mm (1.06 in) added to the wheelbase, which now measures 2,628 mm (103.4 in). As a result, the Q2 L is longer overall than the standard Q2, measuring 4,229 mm (166.5 in).

You might say one inch doesn’t make a big difference from a visual standpoint (and it doesn’t), but the interior does benefit from the lengthened wheelbase. Rear passengers will enjoy more legroom and knee room inside the Q2 L than in the regular model.

The rest of the interior looks identical with the Q2, and things don’t change in the engine compartment either. The Q2 L launches with two 1.4-liter gasoline engines in China. The entry-level unit delivers 131 PS (129 hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft), while the more powerful one pumps out 150 PS (148 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft).

A seven-speed DSG transmission is standard on both versions. Later on, an all-electric version could also become available. Standard features include the progressive steering system, adaptive cruise control, 8.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a panoramic sunroof, among other things.

The Audi Q2 L went on sale in China on October 13, with prices ranging from RMB226,800 (approximately $32,670) to RMB 281,800 ($40,590). The model is built by FAW-Volkswagen at the Foshan plant.

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Photo credits: Audi China via WheelsAge

  • Craig

    I didn’t realize that the Chinese have such long legs. That’s not what I would have guessed.

    • ksegg

      LOL I always thought they were generally short.

    • Apparently having long legroom is significant there.

  • salamOOn

    do they have some sort of fetish for L versions of cars….?

    • Stephen G

      I think they actually use the back seat to seat passengers.

    • Apparently it started with the old American cars. Because it often had a very large legroom, as modern car comes in they realized it’s cramp (even if they don’t need it). So Audi actually the one who started selling long wheel base cars and it signifying luxury to them.

  • ksegg

    I wonder if this is a Chinese thing for all things.

    “New dining table with 50′ extension for more comfort”
    “New extended 2′ chopsticks for extended reach across difficult tables”

  • FoxJ30

    A lot of Chinese that have access to upper-mid level cars also have access to a chauffeur, as well – a lot of these cars are used in corporate fleets. Add to that labor is relatively cheap there, so even families may have access to their own drivers. In other words, even adults have a pretty high chance of sitting in the back seat.

    All that said… what’s the point in only adding 1″? I imagine an L version should at least offer 3″/8cm to make it worthwhile. Otherwise, I think Audi should’ve just made the car 1″ longer to start with.

  • TheBelltower

    So they stretched the platform and engineered new doors, roof and interior all for only 1″? Seems like everyone could use a little extra space, but one inch is negligible.

    • Miknik

      I actually never got why the Golf etc. wheelbase was shortened by these 27mm for the Q2 and T-Roc in the first place, making their back seats rather tight; This should have been the Q2 form the beginning (the Q3 is now bigger anyway)

  • Ary Wisesa

    Why didn’t Audi make it in “L” version right from the beginning if it doesn’t make much difference? What’s the point of enlarging only one single inch and sell it as L version? Why didn’t they just add some 4″ to make the changes more presentable and perceptible?

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