Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
St Mirren’s Jim Goodwin will serve a two-match ban after being charged by the SFA for striking Dundee United’s Stuart Armstrong with his arm last week. The Irishman was handed a two-game ban subject to appeal. However, the Buddies soon confirmed they would accept the punishment. The charge against him stated he struck Armstrong “on the face with an arm”. Goodwin had until Tuesday to respond but the club opted not to go down that route. The controversial midfielder was substituted by manager Danny Lennon before half-time in what looked a preventative measure to stop his skipper being sent off in their 4-1 win over Jackie McNamara’s young side. https://www.youtube.com/embed/E_pkeh9Hesg?rel=0 Goodwin’s apparent first-half forearm smash on Stuart Armstrong went unpunished by referee Bobby Madden prior to his replacement. However, the SFA’s compliance officer Vincent Lunny examined footage of the first-half flashpoint of Thursday’s Premiership encounter. In an unusual move, United even posted footage of a clip of the incident to back up McNamara’s claim that Madden should have acted before Saints were able to take their captain off. McNamara said: “I spoke to Danny Lennon after the game. He thinks Jim (Goodwin) gets singled out for certain things, but I think he singles himself out. His challenge on Stuart with his arm was naughty. "I don’t want to see people sent off and it doesn’t change anything from the game. But I want to see the right decisions being made.”
Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.
Raith Rovers boss Barry Smith admitted he is envious of opposite number Jim Goodwin’s clean bill of health at Alloa. The two promotion hopefuls clash at Stark’s Park today and Smith would love to be able to get the consistency of selection that Goodwin has benefitted from. He said: “Alloa have enjoyed something recently which we have not been able to do and that is fielding a settled team. “They won five games in a row without making any changes to their line-up and that consistency of selection has helped them. “They have good players in their squad and climbed into the top four as a result of those wins. Not having to chop and change things will have been a benefit. Having been on a good run they will view this game as the perfect one to bounce back in after losing late on to Ayr last weekend. “We also scored in the last minute to get a draw at their place at the start of the season and I am sure their manager Jim Goodwin will be mentioning that.” Smith is anticipating a more open contest than last weekend’s 2-0 win over bottom side Queen’s Park who frustrated the Fifers before Dario Zanatta and Greig Spence found a way through to goal. He added: “It was a case of being patient and we were. “I am delighted for Dario to get the goal that provided the breakthrough as he has been working really hard without getting too much of a reward. “This game should be different as Alloa usually open up and play in an attacking way. They have good players so we will need our creative players to find space and create danger.” Smith added: “We are the home side and have been strong there all season and we will look to continue in that manner.” Aaron Lennox, Kevin Cuthbert, Kyle Benedictus, Kevin McHattie and Bobby Barr are all out injured, with two unnamed players also doubtful.
Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km
Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. firstname.lastname@example.org
A Liam Boyce hat-trick ensured that Ross County would extend their unbeaten run to nine games and all but confirm relegation for St Mirren. Another disappointing home display by St Mirren was capped off when Bulgarian defender Viktor Genev was shown a straight red card just after the break. Boyce took advantage of some poor St Mirren defending to bag his first goal and struck twice in the second half to become the first Ross County player to score a hat-trick in the Scottish top flight. County took a deserved lead after 29 minutes. On-loan Michael Gardyne had his shot charged down by Jim Goodwin and the ball fell to Craig Curran who saw his close range effort saved by Mark Ridgers, but the ball fell perfectly for the in- form Boyce and he crashed in his second goal in as many games. Ridgers kept the Buddies in the game with some fine saves, while Gardyne flashed a volley a yard over the bar. The Staggies scored a second on 74 minutes. Gardyne whipped in an inviting cross and Boyce showed great composure to beat Goodwin before unleashing an unstoppable strike for his second goal. Boyce claimed the match ball after he tapped home a Tony Dingwall cross at the far post.
First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.
Raith Rovers boss Barry Smith is looking for his side to embark on another long unbeaten run when they face Alloa this afternoon. The table-topping Kirkcaldy outfit missed out on a golden opportunity last week to extend their lead over Ayr United – who were on Scottish Cup duty – when they slipped to a narrow defeat at Stranraer. The result brought to an end a run of eight games without loss with Smith now determined his side will bounce back strongly against Jim Goodwin’s Wasps although a key midfielder is a big doubt through injury. The Stark’s Park boss said: “It was obviously disappointing to lose last week at what is always a difficult place to go to but it is important we move on quickly. “We had gone eight games unbeaten which the boys deserve great credit for. “Hopefully we can now embark on another run starting at Alloa this weekend. “It is never easy going there and they have added three good additions in Jordan Kirkpatrick and Ross Stewart from St Mirren and Jamie McCart from Celtic during the window.” Smith added: “The games between us so far this season have been close and I expect it will be tough again. “Unfortunately, Scott Robertson is struggling for the game after picking up a hamstring injury last week. “However, Kevin McHattie returns to the squad after playing 60 minutes during the week which is a boost for us. “Willis Furtado made his debut for us last Saturday coming off the bench and he showed wee glimpses of what he is capable of. “He is strong and direct which is why we signed him and we have high hopes for him.”
Jim Goodwin faces an anxious wait to see if he will be punished for a blatant elbow into the face of Dundee United youngster Aidan Connolly. The Tangerines teenager was running alongside the St Mirren player as the ball was running out for a goalkick to the Buddies. Unprovoked, Goodwin pulled his elbow back and struck Connolly, who fell to the floor. No action was taken against the controversial Irishman, who had been booked earlier in the match. However, the damning video evidence may still be used against him by the SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan. Last season, Goodwin was handed a two-game ban after Dundee United released their own video footage of him elbowing Stuart Armstrong during a match in Paisley. https://www.youtube.com/embed/E_pkeh9Hesg?rel=0 There is no suggestion the club plans to do the same this time.