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2015 Audi Q3 vs. Its Competition

 
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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

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.

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The 2015 Audi Q3 stakes out its claim in compact-crossover territory, with Google Earth to map the way.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA piles a tall space-efficient layout, a double shot of urban attitude, and a grande dash of ruggedness into a vehicle that looks fully up to Mercedes-Benz luxury standards.
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The 2014 BMW X1 has plenty of style and enthusiasm, although it's a little short on some of the versatility and utility you might expect.
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The 2014 Buick Encore is one of very few subcompact premium crossovers, and it mostly does well in that role--but it could use more power.
MSRP From   
$32,500$33,300$30,900$24,160
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4
EPA Class   
N/ASmall Station WagonLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T Prestige4MATIC 4-Door GLA250RWD 4-Door sDrive28iFWD 4-Door
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
 
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