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 Q3's most direct rival is 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.
The Buick Encore'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.
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.
The BMW X1 is new this year; we're eager to drive it, since it's been transformed into a front-drive-based vehicle related to the MINI Countryman.
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|2016 Audi Q3Browse Used Listings||2016 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2016 BMW X1Browse Used Listings||2016 Buick EncoreBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged I4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|N/A||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Large Cars||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|FrontTrak 4-Door Premium Plus||FWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door xDrive28i||FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door GLA 250|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2016 Audi Q3 vs. 2016 Acura RDX||2016 Audi Q3 vs. 2016 BMW X1||2016 Audi Q3 vs. 2016 Buick Encore||2016 Audi Q3 vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class|