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2015 Audi Q3 vs. Its Competition

 
2015 Audi Q3
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Compact, crossover, luxury--the intersection of those terms is a relatively new set of vehicles with timeless brand names and a clear mission to displace some mass-market utes out of some driveways.

The Buick Encore's already on sale, and it's been a moderate hit for the GM brand; it's compact and nimble enough, but not at all quick and more premium than luxurious in feel.

The BMW X1 strikes us as more fun to drive than the Encore, but the back seat is so small and the pricetag so high--wouldn't you rather have a 2-Series? The Q3's head-to-head competition will likely be the Mercedes GLA, a CLA-Class spin-off ready to roll with an AMG edition and more headroom than in the decidedly cramped CLA rear seat.

In a slightly bigger size class, the Acura RDX has a big V-6 engine in place of its former turbo four, and has some of the zesty feel of these smaller utes.

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The 2015 Audi Q3 stakes out its claim in compact-crossover territory, with Google Earth to map the way.
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A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness.
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The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm.
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The 2015 Buick Encore could use a little power, but it's otherwise a mostly solid entry into a very small segment.
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The 2015 Mercedes GLA isn't the roomiest small crossover, but it's a stylish vehicle with a double shot of urban attitude--and a dash of ruggedness--that looks fully up to Mercedes-Benz luxury standards.
MSRP From    
$32,500$35,095$31,200$24,065$31,300
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T PrestigeFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive28iFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door GLA250
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
 
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