2016 Audi Q3 vs. Its Competition

2016 Audi Q3
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2016 Audi Q32016 Audi Q3
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2016 Acura RDX2016 Acura RDX
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2016 BMW X12016 BMW X1
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2016 Buick Encore2016 Buick Encore
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Audi Q3 gives compact luxury SUVs a good name with cozy ride quality and accommodations—but it's not the most space- or fuel-efficient vehicle of its kind.
The 2016 Acura RDX is a smooth and responsive crossover SUV; it’s easy to live with, as long as the back seat fits your passengers.
The 2016 BMW X1 is heavy on sport and light on utility -- a combination that's likely to please a number of buyers.
The 2016 Buick Encore masks its economy-car roots well, but tepid performance keeps its from earning a premium label.
The 2016 Mercedes GLA isn't the roomiest of crossovers, but its luxury badge and a double shot of urban attitude give it a distinct appeal.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ASmall SUV 2WDLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
FrontTrak 4-Door Premium PlusFWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door GLA 250
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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