Its pretty hard to believe, but for the first time since the 1950s, a car launch took place in Cuba. The country in the Caribbean has been very closed since the revolution in 1959. Things finally started to improve when Raul Castro took over power from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008. In the more recent time (March 2016), US President Barack Obama made a historic trip to Cuba as the first sitting US president to visit the Communist ruled island since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928. Things are on the change in Cuba with freer travel, prisoner exchanges, liberalised capital controls and more state tolerance of property ownership and private business.

In Cuba, Audi Q2 will be offered with five engines: TFSI petrol units of one-litre (113bhp), 1.4-litre (148bhp) and from 2017, a 2.0-litre (187bhp) with four-wheel drive. Diesel units will be 1.6-litre (113bhp), and a 2.0-litre (148bhp) which comes with front or all-wheel drive. The standard transmission for most models is a six-speed manual, but there’s the option of an newly updated seven-speed, twin-clutch gearbox, which is standard on the 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

Standard equipment on the starter SE spec includes: 16in wheels; MMI radio with a 7in TFT screen; air conditioning; and Audi’s pedestrian recognition and braking system. The most popular Sport grade costs an additional £1,550 and adds 17in wheels, dynamic suspension, satnav, sports seats, adjustable steering and throttle sensitivity, and cruise control.

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