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Best Subcompact Luxury SUVs for 2020

A subcompact luxury SUV can be a great first step into the luxury car world. Small crossovers are often the most affordable vehicle in a luxury brand’s lineup making them accessible to a wide range of drivers.

Here are the 10 best subcompact luxury SUVs of 2020.

1. 2020 Audi Q3 – 4.7/5

2020 Audi Q3

Starting Price: $35,695

The Audi Q3 is a well-rounded luxury crossover that does just about everything well. It’s stylish inside and out, high-tech, and legitimately luxurious. It’s also engaging to drive and has standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi models are often priced higher than most of their competitors, but the starting price of the Q3 in the mid-$30k range undercuts chief rivals from BMW and Jaguar. Find an Audi Q3 for sale

2. 2020 Volvo XC40 – 4.7/5

2020 Volvo XC40

Starting Price: $34,695

The Volvo XC40 was a pleasant surprise when it first came out and it continues to be among the most competitive crossovers in its class. It’s well-loaded with standard features and it has unique styling not quite like any other subcompact SUV. Not only does it turn heads, but the XC40 blissfully comfortable inside and — as you might expect from a Volvo — is a segment leader in safety. Find a Volvo XC40 for sale

3. 2020 BMW X2 – 4.6/5

2020 BMW X2

Starting Price: $37,395

The BMW X2 is admittedly not the most practical SUV on this list if you’re looking for a lot of interior space. However, if you prioritize style and performance, then the X2 is great for drivers who don’t need a ton of space for passengers and cargo. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in interior quality. For 2020, BMW has added an 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard equipment. Find a BMW X2 for sale

4. 2020 BMW X1 – 4.5/5

2020 BMW X1

Starting Price: $36,195

The BMW X1 is a bit more utilitarian than the aforementioned X2 while carrying a slightly more affordable price tag. Interior space is impressive for subcompact luxury SUVs, but the performance of this little crossover is arguably even more impressive. It’s a small SUV that truly drives like a BMW. Styling of the X1 is slightly refreshed for 2020 plus it gets an excellent 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard kit on every trim. Find a BMW X1 for sale

5. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace – 4.3/5 

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

Starting Price: $40,945

The Jaguar E-Pace has the highest starting price on our list, but it does a pretty good job justifying that. It has styling that is distinctly Jaguar and it’s a look that works beautifully on a small SUV. The E-Pace has one of the biggest cargo holds in its class plus a smooth, comfortable ride, which makes it better for long-distance road trips than you might expect. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard for 2020. Find a Jaguar E-Pace for sale

6. 2020 Lexus UX – 4.3/5 

2020 Lexus UX

Starting Price: $33,325

The Lexus UX is a more affordable option in luxury SUVs compared to its more expensive European competitors. Carrying all of the virtues of the Lexus brand like safety, reliability, and efficiency, the UX delivers to luxury shoppers looking for a practical crossover they can trust. The infotainment system has a bit of a learning curve and it’s not exactly a thrill to drive, but if performance isn’t a big priority for you, then the UX is a great buy. Find a Lexus UX for sale

7. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class – 4.3/5 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Starting Price: $35,245

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a lot going for it, but it’s hard to make a case for it as a practical SUV. Interior space is cramped for cargo and backseat passengers and the ride is a bit harsh. However, what we like about the GLA is its agile handling, user-friendly infotainment system, and interesting styling. It also returns good fuel economy. This crossover is good for urban commuters as long as you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff or people. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class for sale

8. 2020 Buick Encore GX – 4.2/5 

2020 Buick Encore GX

Starting Price: $25,095

Although it sounds like a trim level of the Encore, the Buick Encore GX is its own distinct model all-new for 2020. It ranks towards the bottom of our list for being unable to match most of its competitors in terms of luxury, but we love its starting price in the mid-$20k range and its impressive safety tech. You can go to the top Essence trim and still be under the $30k mark making it good for shoppers looking for a lot of bang for the buck. Find a Buick Encore GX for sale

9. 2020 Mini Countryman – 4.2/5 

2020 Mini Countryman

Starting Price: $29,250

On the more quirky side of premium small SUVs we have the Mini Countryman. As the biggest Mini model, it’s one of the most practical with seating for five and available AWD. It’s highly customizable and it’s enjoyable to drive, but this Mini is towards the bottom of our list for its weak base engine, below-average cargo space, and questionable value. Enthusiasts will be disappointed that the manual transmission option has been dropped for 2020. Find a Mini Countryman for sale

10. 2020 Buick Encore – 3.9/5

2020 Buick Encore

Starting Price: $24,195

The Buick Encore is at the bottom of our list not because it’s a bad crossover, but it’s just not very competitive with the best subcompact luxury SUVs of 2020. It’s technically still in its first generation that goes back to 2013 and it’s starting to show its age with a lack of available modern driver assistance technologies like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. That said, the Encore delivers a smooth ride and a strong reliability rating. Find a Buick Encore for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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