The Outback seems a little.. out of class? Not out-classed per say, but the A3 and X1 are so much smaller.. The escape is still quite a bit smaller than an outback. So it's going to come down to does she want a lifted wagon, or a hatchback/CUV.
That being said, the escapes can be outfitted to be very very nice nowadays. The X1 beats it with fit and finish. Sitting in an X1 is like sitting in the 3 series sedan. Nice little cars. As for the A3.. I have no practical experience to speak from, however I do like the look of them.