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The Audi Q3 is the oldest among the luxury set, with outdated tech and lagging fuel economy.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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|2019 Buick EncoreBrowse Used Listings||2019 Audi Q3Browse Used Listings||2019 BMW X1Browse Used Listings||2019 Mazda CX-3Browse Used Listings||2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2019 MINI Cooper CountrymanBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged I4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Compact Cars||Large Cars||Compact Cars||Small SUV 2WD||Midsize Cars|
|FWD 4-Door||2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro||sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport FWD||GLA 250 SUV||Cooper FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Audi Q3||2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 BMW X1||2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Mazda CX-3||2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class||2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman|