This segment was once dominated by the Germans—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but Jaguar and Alfa Romeo have stepped into the SUV space for the first time in their respective histories to give those Teutonics a run for their money.
Still, most shoppers will probably start with the premium-feeling Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, which is priced right and offers a gorgeous interior but comes up short on sportiness.
The BMW X3 is now the segment's elder, but it offers a wide range of customizability and good fuel economy.
Shop the Jaguar F-Pace and you'll find sporty dynamics but an interior that feels a little lower buck than rivals.
The Volvo XC60 is also starting to show its age, but it's well-priced, easily undercutting most rivals by as much as $10,000 when similarly optioned.
Then there's the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which we haven't driven yet but expect will deliver the most sporty driving experience in its segment.
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|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD|
|2.0 TFSI Premium||xDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicle||25t AWD||GLC 300 SUV||T5 AWD Momentum||AWD|
|All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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