Why Should I Buy a Luxury Small SUV?
Luxury small and compact SUVs are versatile vehicles offering ample passenger and cargo space while offering attractive fuel economy. They appeal to buyers who want a vehicle more spacious than a sedan, but don’t require a midsize crossover or large SUV.
What Are the Best Luxury Compact SUVs?
The best luxury small and compact SUVs provide a comfortable ride, responsive acceleration, high fuel efficiency, premium cabin materials, and confident, sporty handling. The vehicles on this list also vary in terms of practicality and function. There’s the Acura RDX, which is among the most affordable and most reliable vehicles in the class, but if you’re looking for something more upscale that handles like a sports car, the Porsche Macan might suit your needs. And if you want a luxury compact SUV with off road prowess, look no further than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
If you’re looking for good fuel economy, the Audi Q5, Buick Envision, and Volvo XC60 lead the compact luxury SUV class with combined MPG ratings of 26. And if you want a small luxury crossover with a large cargo area, the Acura RDX and Jaguar F-Pace are the most roomy of the bunch.
Because these are luxury cars, they are equipped with up-to-date safety technology and infotainment systems. The BMW X3 features a 10.25-inch touch screen and has a full suite of standard safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection. The vehicles on this list also have appealing comfort features, including heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, and remote start.
Some vehicles on this list of luxury compact crossovers appear twice for their regular versions and high-performance variants, like the Audi Q5 and the Audi SQ5, or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Both the Audi Q5 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while their performance variants feature a turbocharged V6 for added horsepower. The Mercedes-Benz GLC luxury crossover SUV also has an array of engine choices ranging from practical to robust. The GLC coupe comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, but has multiple AMG performance trims with more robust engine options including a turbocharged V6 and a range-topping turbo V8.
Most of these small luxury SUVs come standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. Some vehicles, like the Audi Q5, come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD), and the Land Rover Discovery Sport off-roader comes standard with four-wheel drive (4WD) for added off-road prowess.
What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?
Buyers who wish to forgo the premium nameplate should check out our Best Small and Compact SUVs list. Or, if you want something even smaller, check out our list of the Best Luxury Subcompact SUVs. Midsize SUV shoppers can browse our Best Luxury Midsize SUVs list, and if you want something more fuel-efficient, check out our Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs list.