Luxury automakers are getting into the small crossover game with mixed results.
The BMW X1 features a front-drive platform like the Q3, but it doesn’t feel as premium as Audi’s entry even though it may have more room.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA offers a much sportier AMG edition, but the standard GLA 250 rides too harshly.
The Infiniti QX30 is a clone of the QX30 mechanically with styling all its own and without the high-performance model.
For about the same price as a Q3, you can have the Acura RDX, which is larger, offers V-6 power, and is more refined.
At the lower end of the spectrum is the Buick Encore, which is small and fairly fun to drive, but offers little power and has awkward styling and no cachet.
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