2019 Buick Encore vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Small crossovers are big money right now.

The Audi Q3 is the oldest among the luxury set, with outdated tech and lagging fuel economy.

The BMW X1 is pricey and not particularly thrilling to drive, but offers a sportier X2 version if style > substance.

To get a fun driving X1, perhaps consider the Mini Countryman, which is mechanically related to the BMW and offers a manual transmission.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA class is similarly small, with a cramped rear seat, but offers a super-powered GLA45 that's a hot hatch in a stuffed shirt.

The Mazda CX-3 looks good and can be more affordable than the rest in some base trims.

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Quick Specs
Small luxury crossovers are hot, but the 2019 Buick Encore offers a decidedly calm option. It's cute and affordable, but lacks some options found on others.
The 2019 Audi Q3 whispers “GTI” in the ears of brand-conscious drivers—but it’s, like, discreet about it.
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the right shape and the right price for entry luxury buyers willing to overlook some flaws.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 fails to launch in the crossover-SUV space race.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results.
The 2019 Mini Countryman is a fun-to-drive crossover with sharp looks, cool interior, and a good hybrid powertrain—and none of it comes cheaply.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleCompact CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsSmall SUV 2WDMidsize Cars
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleSport FWDGLA 250 SUVCooper FWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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