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Best Small Luxury SUVs for 2020

Compact luxury SUVs are a good starting point for people who want to step up from mainstream models. They offer space for five people and their gear and come with the upscale amenities luxury buyers like. This segment includes everything from family-friendly models to high-performance canyon-carvers. Here are the best compact luxury SUVs for 2020.

1. 2020 Audi Q5 – 4.7/5 — $43,300

2020 Audi Q5

Audi is known for making fun-to-drive SUVs and cars with expressive styling. The Audi Q5 is a prime example of that. Its engine and chassis make driving a pleasure. Options like the high-performance SQ5 and new plug-in hybrid make this Audi appealing to an even wider range of buyers. Another hallmark of the Audi brand is its embrace of innovative tech, such as the Virtual Cockpit. This incorporates vibrant navigation images from Google Earth into the driver’s instrument cluster. The Audi Q5 is our highest-rated compact luxury SUV because of its well-balanced mix of performance, comfort, and useful technology. Find an Audi Q5 for sale

2. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class – 4.6/5 — $42,500

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Offered in traditional SUV and less-traditional coupe forms, the Mercedes-Benz GLC provides the performance and elegance that goes along with the 3-pointed star that adorns the grille. If you are looking for luxury, sophistication, and refinement, the GLC is a great place to start. The interior is filled with rich, quality materials. In addition, ride quality is pleasant on highways and the GLC responds nicely on winding roads. The Coupe has unique styling that detracts some from cargo and rear-seat space. Whether you prefer the SUV or the fastback Coupe, both are available as high-performance AMG models. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for sale

3. 2020 Acura RDX – 4.6/5 — $38,825

2020 Acura RDX

Not only is the Acura RDX one of the most affordable compact luxury SUVs on the market, it also boasts a spacious interior and exceptional safety features and ratings. The idea of value may sound contradictory to that of luxury, but Acura has achieved a balance between the two here. Not only do you get a lot of features for the money, but the RDX is known for reliability and strong resale value. It also happens to offer plenty of performance with a responsive engine, excellent suspension, and the optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. SH-AWD aids traction in wet weather and assists with cornering by varying power to the left and right sides when needed. Find an Acura RDX for sale

4. 2020 BMW X3 – 4.4/5 — $41,950

2020 bmw x3

The BMW X3 has established itself as a compact luxury SUV that reflects everything people like about BMW’s cars: namely, precise handling, powerful engines, and subtle luxury. But the X3 is the sweet spot in BMW’s lineup: not only does it offer the cargo space and all-season capability of an SUV, but it’s a pleasant balance between comfort and sport. It has a generous list of standard equipment and has plenty of room for five passengers and their gear. If you want a more powerful X3, you can consider the engaging – and more expensive – M40i, which adds a lot more power and a sport-tuned suspension. However, with the added performance comes a stiffer, less comfortable ride. Find a BMW X3 for sale

5. 2020 Infiniti QX50 – 4.4/5 — $37,250

2020 Infiniti QX50

One of Infiniti’s strongest offerings, the Infiniti QX50 is an SUV that gives buyers plenty of tech, an innovative, fuel-efficient engine, and luxury, for a surprisingly reasonable price. The QX50 is powered by a variable-compression turbocharged engine, which is unique to the QX50 in this segment. This engine is designed to automatically adjust the engine’s compression ratio, for ideal power when you need it, or ideal fuel economy and both are impressive here. Another highlight for the QX50 is that it comes standard with an array of driver-assist technologies. Find an Infiniti QX50 for sale

6. 2020 Lexus NX – 4.4/5 — $36,870

2020 Lexus NX

When it comes to reliability, resale value, and comfort, Lexus is the industry’s gold standard. The Lexus NX slots in between the smaller UX and larger RX. In addition to offering a nicely crafted, quiet interior with abundant creature comforts, the Lexus NX is available with an excellent hybrid option. The hybrid isn’t as powerful as the gas engine in the NX 300, but it gets an incredible 31 MPG combined, which is seven MPG better than the NX 300. Find a Lexus NX for sale

7. 2020 Cadillac XT4 – 4.3/5 — $35,695

2020 Cadillac XT4

The Cadillac XT4 is Cadillac’s entry-level SUV. It’s designed to appeal to younger buyers, and offers a spacious rear seat, despite its tidy dimensions. However, if you plan on bringing four friends with you on a road trip, you may have to ask them to pack light, as the XT4’s cargo area is somewhat on the small side. They’ll enjoy the trip, though, as the interior is quiet, the seats are comfortable – and some models are available with heated, cooling, and massaging seats. And they’ll barely notice the civilized but powerful turbocharged engine as it propels this Cadillac from Point A to Point B. Find a Cadillac XT4 for sale

8. 2020 Volvo XC60 – 4.3/5 — $40,795

2020 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 shows that a family-friendly, sensible SUV doesn’t have to be boring. Look past the XC60’s attractive lines and light, airy interior, and you’ll find a compact luxury SUV that’s spacious, comfortable, and loaded with advanced safety features. Volvo is known for its innovative safety, which is an integral part of its vehicles’ designs. Not only is the upscale XC60 safe, but it stays well composed in corners and is entertaining to drive. You can choose from three powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid that offers 400 combined horsepower and a range of 520 miles, including 19 miles of all-electric range. Find a Volvo XC60 for sale

9. 2020 Lincoln Corsair – 4.2/5 — $35,945

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Over the past few years, Lincoln has experienced a renaissance, and the Lincoln Corsair is one of the bright new stars in the company’s lineup. Replacing the MKC, the all-new Corsair is good-looking and luxurious. Second-row passengers will appreciate the sliding and reclining seats, while the driver will enjoy either engine – but the optional 2.3-liter turbo is the one to get if you want more power. All Corsairs come standard with the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assists which includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert. You can upgrade to Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus for even more safety features. Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale

10. 2020 Porsche Macan – 4.2/5 — $50,900

2020 Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is as close to a Porsche sports car as you can get in an SUV. It comes closer than its big brother the Cayenne because the Macan is smaller, lighter, and nimbler. Like its road-car relatives, the Macan offers excellent performance. Choosing between the Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS, or Macan Turbo is merely a question of how much power and how many features you want – but be ready to spend, as prices go up rather quickly as you climb the trim level ladder. One disadvantage to the Macan’s sports-car bias is that the cargo area isn’t as big as in competitive models. Find a Porsche Macan for sale

Best Small Luxury SUVs for 2020

1. 2020 Audi Q5
2. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
3. 2020 Acura RDX
4. 2020 BMW X3
5. 2020 Infiniti QX50
6. 2020 Lexus NX
7. 2020 Cadillac XT4
8. 2020 Volvo XC60
9. 2020 Lincoln Corsair
10. 2020 Porsche Macan

Allyson Harwood
Allyson Harwood is an author specializing in 10 Best lists and evaluating SUVs, trucks, and cars that offer the best value for the money. She has been a writer in the automotive industry for nearly 25 years, covering both the enthusiast and consumer sides of the market. Before joining the Autotrader team, Allyson wrote for Motor Trend, Truck Trend, and Four Wheeler Magazine.

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