It’s nearly impossible to drive any distance in any direction, anywhere in the world without seeing a small luxury crossover. It’s the most explosive automotive segment on the market, with manufacturers pumping out new ones seemingly every year and customers buying them up like they’re about to run out. Three of the newest small luxury crossovers are the Audi Q2, MINI Countryman and Volvo V40 Cross Country. So how do they do when they’re stacked up against each other.
Each car in the test packs a four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, as those are the most common sorts of powertrains in this segment in the UK. So for the Audi Q2, that means a 1.6 liter turbo-four diesel engine making 114 hp and a 10.1 second 0-60 mph time. In the MINI Countryman, it’s a 2.0 liter turbo-diesel that makes 148 hp and does 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds. The Volvo V40 Cross Country is the slowest with a 2.0 liter turbo-diesel, making 118 hp and doing the 60 mph spring in 10.4 seconds.