While the BMW X3 was the lone luxury compact crossover ute a few years ago, there are now plenty of great alternatives.
The new Volvo XC60 comes with a torquey inline six-cylinder engine, like the BMW, but it has a roomier interior and, some will think, a more fashionable interior.
Volvo also offers more high-tech safety features.
The Land Rover LR2 is related to the XC60 but has more off-road credibility, along with a more cluttered interior design.
Two new entries, the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5, look to woo buyers looking for a smaller yet very luxurious SUV.
The GLK has some measure of off-road ability, while the Q5 aims at the crowd planning to stay on-road.
The most refined vehicle in this class, the Acura RDX, is a stiff competitor but suffers a bit from a choppy ride and a slightly off-base, zippy turbocharged engine; TheCarConnection.com’s editors also think that the RDX has the best handling.
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