Audi’s new SQ2 hot SUV is now on sale with prices starting from £36,800, the German car maker has confirmed.

Based on the brand’s smallest SUV, the Q2, the newcomer features the 296 bhp turbocharged petrol engine from a Seat Leon ST Cupra, as well as Audi’s fabled Quattro four-wheel-drive system. Teamed with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the combination is enough for a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

But straight-line performance isn’t the SQ2’s only upgrade. The ride height has been lowered by 20 millimetres to reduce body roll, while the steering has been tweaked to become more direct the more the wheel is turned. This, Audi says, means less steering angle is needed and the car feels more agile.

2019 Audi SQ2

All that comes included in the asking price, alongside a host of external changes designed to give the car the looks to match its pace. At the back, the SQ2 features quad exhausts, while there’s a specially shaped rear spoiler and a silver diffuser section in the rear bumper. At the front, meanwhile, there’s a new front splitter and aluminium-effect door mirror housings.

The wheels, too, have been modified. Now swollen to 18 inches in diameter, they are shod with wide tyres and hide 340 millimetre brake discs, as well as callipers embellished with Audi’s ‘S’ logo.

2019 Audi SQ2

Inside, meanwhile, the SQ2 gets part-leather, part-Alcantara upholstery and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with controls for the in-car entertainment system. Dual-zone climate control is standard, too, along with a 3.5-inch colour trip computer.

However, all this can be added to with a host of styling packs. For the exterior, Audi will sell you a package of options that includes black trim for the grille, tailpipes and door mirrors, as well as a larger rear spoiler and even larger 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels.

2019 Audi SQ2

Inside, though, there are even more options on offer. The Interior Pack serves up full leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, an LED interior lighting system and red air vents, while the Technology pack provides wireless phone charging and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display, among other things. There’s a Comfort and Sound pack, too, proffering a Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, heated seats and parking sensors at both the front and rear.

The new SQ2 is already available to order, with the first deliveries expected to arrive with customers before the end of the month.

Gallery: 2019 Audi SQ2 arrives in the UK