The original Audi A2 (1999-2005) was an incredibly forward thinking compact car. It was extremely light thanks to its aluminium architecture, and the clever packaging meant that despite its small exterior dimensions it was surprisingly spacious inside. To top it all off, despite being over a decade old, a well cared for A2 still looks modern and stylish. The main drawback to the A2 was its price. Aluminium doesn’t come cheap, and the A2 never sold as well as its main rival, the Mercedes A-Class.
The 2011 Audi A2 Concept was a design study for a premium electric car. It’s length of 3.8 meters (12.47 ft) is identical to the original, and the cabin is higher than most compact cars, again just like the original A2.
The styling of the Audi A2 concept fits in neatly with the rest of the company’s lineup. But it’s nowhere near as bold as the original car’s lines. It also doesn’t have that certain something that makes the new A1 look so appealing. In fact it’s fairly boring. The only element which stands out is the ‘dynamic light’ line which runs the length of the car. While driving this light serves as a continuous side marker, and when the indicators are used the line pulses on the appropriate side.
Audi have also given the A2 concept fancy LED headlights. A multitude of LEDs and microreflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light. The rear fog light is actually a laser, and it projects a red warning triangle onto the road behind.
Like the exterior, the interior design of the Audi A2 concept is quite reserved. The dashboard is clean and uncluttered, and multifunction displays provide the driver with relative information. A flat interior floor, and a center console which is attached to the driver’s seat mean the interior is highly adaptable for different uses and floorspace is maximised.