2021 Buick Encore vs. Its Competition

2021 Buick Encore GX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Buick Encore GX undercuts other high-end pint-size crossovers in price, which may make it an attractive option for some.

The BMW X1 isn’t as fun as its maker’s reputation, but it has a classy feel.

The Audi Q3 delivers a high-tech interior and nimble handling, while the new Mercedes-Benz GLA promises a softer shape and better infotainment.

We like the stylish Volvo XC40 a lot, but it can get expensive.

The lower-priced Hyundai Tucson delivers more interior space and a better warranty.

2021 Buick Encore GX2021 Buick Encore
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2020 Audi Q32020 Audi Q3
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2020 BMW X12020 BMW X1
2020 Hyundai Tucson2020 Hyundai Tucson
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
2020 Volvo XC402020 Volvo XC40
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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2021 Buick Encore GX steals the parking spot left between the smallest mainstream and luxury crossovers.
6.7
The 2020 Audi Q3 blends practicality, quality, and fun in a chunky but city-friendly package.
6.0
The 2020 BMW X1 welcomes crossover shoppers into the luxury brand with a good price and nice features.
6.5
What the 2020 Hyundai Tucson lacks in distinctiveness, it makes up for in value, safety, and features.
5.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is a solid crossover entry point into the luxury German brand.
7.0
The 2020 Volvo XC40 honed in on the Netflix and Stitch Fix crowd, with smart dynamics and style and an all-in subscription plan.
MSRP From     
$23,200$34,700$35,200$23,550$34,250$33,700
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorPremium 45 TFSI quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleSE FWDGLA 250 SUVT4 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Audi Q32021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 BMW X12021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Volvo XC40