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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