The Q2 Launch Edition in Quantum Grey (borrowed from the Q2 Edition #1) comes equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, for $49,900+ORC. In addition to the same standard equipment featured in the design model line, the Launch Edition features S line exterior styling, including 19-inch alloys) and black contrasting elements, as well as a suite of driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and active lane and side assist.
The regular range kicks-off with the front-wheel drive Q2 Design 1.4 TFSI S-tronic, priced at $41,100. Standard equipment is impressive – leather seats, MMI navigation, autonomous emergency braking, rear-view camera, Bluetooth and smartphone interface, voice control, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and the Audi Parking System Plus.
At the end of my rental period another concierge met me at work. He was just as cordial and informative. We chatted a bit about my trip and the car. I handed him the keys and walked away debating the pros and cons of paying more than I usually would for a rental to get a premium vehicle and wonderful customer service.
I’m a thrifty person, but I could see why a service like this would do well in San Francisco, and I’m surprised the automaker hasn’t yet targeted the affluent pockets of New York and Los Angeles. As for the rest of us, we’re going to have to make friends with richer people if we want to get behind the wheel of an R8.