2016 Buick Encore vs. Its Competition

2016 Buick Encore
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

There aren't many direct competitors for the Buick Encore.

The MINI Countryman is similar in size and function to the Encore, but it's undeniably more quirky, and skews toward the sportier end of the spectrum.

The VW Tiguan is larger with upscale interior materials and a peppier turbocharged four-cylinder.

The FIAT 500L feels cheaper inside and costs less, but offers marginally better performance than the Encore.

We'd throw in the more expensive Audi Q3, a sleeker, better-handling option with superior acceleration--or possibly the upcoming BMW X1, a new model with a new architecture based on the front-wheel-drive MINI Countryman.

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2016 Audi Q32016 Audi Q3
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2016 BMW X12016 BMW X1
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
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2015 MINI Cooper Countryman2016 MINI Cooper Countryman
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2016 Fiat 500L2016 FIAT 500L
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Quick Specs
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The 2016 Buick Encore masks its economy-car roots well, but tepid performance keeps its from earning a premium label.
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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.
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The 2016 BMW X1 is heavy on sport and light on utility -- a combination that's likely to please a number of buyers.
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While it's not as fun as other VWs and the old design leaves it behind in terms of safety, technology and fuel economy, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on most of the important small-crossover promises.
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The 2016 Mini Counryman retains a fair amount of the Mini character and fun-to-drive spirit, but a growing crop of small crossovers give it more competition than ever.
The 2016 Fiat 500L has hatchback utility down pat, but its styling is quirky and performance is average, at best.
MSRP From     
$24,065$33,700$34,800$24,890$22,750$19,495
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ALarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFrontTrak 4-Door Premium PlusAWD 4-Door xDrive28i2WD 4-Door Automatic SFWD 4-Door5-Door HB Pop
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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