Since the revolution of 1959, the city of Havana in Cuba has been curiously frozen in time, a 1950s era American Chevy more commonplace than a mid-range modern car. What better place to turn heads then, as the eye-catching and daring Audi Q2 glides through the sun-soaked streets?
The Q2s hypermodern styling, with sharp edges and selection of bright colours stands out beautifully amongst the rounded fenders popular in the 60s, and it takes to the admittedly terrible roads with ease. Locals will warn you to stick to the outer lanes of dual carriageways, but the Q2 takes every bump, lump and pothole it its stride, the higher seating level making it much easier to see them coming.
A huge range of technology is available from the Q range, including the completely customisable digital Virtual Cockpit and wireless charging Audi Phone Box. The most practical option in the Q2 for this city is certainly the air-con system as the 32C heat beats down from the cloudless sky. The Caribbean vibe is also set perfectly as Radio Havana blasts through the Bang and Olufsen 14-speaker sound system.
The tour finishes in the Plaza de la Revolucion, the stern face of the iconic Che Guevara looking down from the Ministry of Interior. A famed motorcycle lover, perhaps he wouldn’t have approved of the Audi Q2, but the reception received from native Cubans suggests everyone else certainly does.