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Europe delivers big in a small package. Here are two compact, fun-driving automobiles that pack a big punch with European flair.

2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic

To offer a car under $40,000 among the prestigious Audi brand demonstrates their recognition to satisfy a growing market of economical customers who still demand high quality for what they can afford. The 2016 Q3 all-wheel-drive, compact crossover has been redesigned to stay a competitor in its market with alterations to the grille, bumper and lights in front and back, to name a few. Its standard features are also gracious, including front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch, five-arm turbine wheels, a tire pressure monitoring system, panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade and Audi’s signature six-speed Tiptronic transmission (creating a more manual feel) powered by a 2.0-liter engine boasting 200 horses.

An optional—and recommended—Technology package ($2,600) includes Audi Connect, navigation and the safety assuring Audi side assist for oncoming traffic. This fine compact SUV offers prized German engineering, technology enhancements and a reasonable price that will surely satisfy auto enthusiasts lucky enough to drive one. Look for the Prestige package as well, complete with an S line exterior package, full LED headlights, dynamic rear turn signals, 19-inch wheels and BOSE Surround Sound system pumping 465 watts of power.

Base price: $35,800; $40,300 as reviewed with options and destination charge.

dd 20 MPG city/28 highway/23 combined