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The luxury compact SUVs on this list of the Best Luxury Compact SUVs for Families are some of the best you can buy. They have top ratings from automotive journalists and score well thanks to ample passenger and cargo space, excellent safety and reliability data, and available family-friendly features. Plus, they do it all in style.
Check out the following slides to learn more about which luxury compact SUVs are the best for families.
8) Volvo XC60
MSRP: $40,950 (Details Below)
Now in its last year before a redesign, the Volvo XC60 is starting to show its age. Still, it’s a good luxury compact SUV. It is powered by fuel-efficient engines that offer good power and are mated to a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Start-stop technology is standard but can be turned off. The XC60’s handling is composed.
The Volvo XC60 falls behind many of its competitors because of its dated interior design. The materials in the cabin are not as nice as those in other luxury SUVs though it is still outfitted with luxury appointments. Its seats are comfortable, offering good space and support. The compact SUV has as much cargo space as larger midsize SUVs.
7) Audi Q5
MSRP: $40,900 (Details Below)
The Audi Q5 is a highly-rated luxury compact SUV. It comes with three engine choices, all offering abundant power and strong acceleration. The Q5 offers a sporty, connected drive. To customize your drive even more, get the optional Audi Drive Select System. All-wheel drive is standard.
The cabin of the Audi Q5 is outfitted with high-end, high-quality materials befitting a luxury SUV. The Q5’s standard seats are comfortable, though they could stand additional bolstering. Getting the optional sport seats solves that problem. Its rear seats recline and slide. Tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and a 10-speaker audio system come standard.
6) Lincoln MKC
MSRP: $32,880 (Details Below)
The Lincoln MKC is a luxury vehicle that can fit a family’s needs, but it comes at a high price. The MKC has a strong base engine that is likely good for most buyers. Its comfort-tuned suspension provides a good ride, absorbing bumps well. Front-wheel drive is standard. It has above average safety and reliability scores.
The Lincoln MKC’s interior doesn’t match its price tag. Despite its cabin being filled with mostly high-end materials, there are cheap looking trim pieces throughout. The MKC has comfortable seating, but second row passengers will find the legroom cramped. It doesn’t have as much cargo space as much of its competition, however, the MKC does come well-equipped with features including dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and proximity key standard.
5) Acura RDX
MSRP: $35,670 (Details Below)
The Acura RDX is a good luxury SUV for families. Under the hood the RDX has a strong V6 engine. Its ride is smooth, even over bumps, and it handles well though the RDX is not nearly as sporty as some of its German competition. It has excellent safety scores and good predicted reliability.
The Acura RDX has a spacious interior that affords front and rear passengers ample legroom. Power and heated front seats, a rearview camera, and push button start come standard. The RDX has a large amount of cargo space compared to other vehicles in its class. Soft touch materials fill the cabin. Fit and finish are excellent.
4) Land Rover Discovery Sport
MSRP: $37,695 (Details Below)
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a capable off-roader that works for families. It offers a smooth ride and connected drive, though some may be frustrated by the lack of power from the SUV’s engine lineup. If you’re looking to do a lot of off-roading you may be better off with the Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Discovery Sport is the only SUV in its class that is available with a third row, and it even has a good amount of cargo space. Its cabin is made up of high-end materials but its design favors function over form. The Discovery Sport’s infotainment system is easy to use but you may find it unresponsive.
3) Mercedes-Benz GLC
MSRP: $39,150 (Details Below)
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a good luxury compact SUV. It gets plenty of power from its engines, which all come mated to a refined nine-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The SUV has better than average predicted reliability scores.
The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz GLC is elegant. It is outfitted with high-end materials and features uncluttered design elements. Leather upholstery is standard, as is a 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat. A 40/20/40 split rear seat gives families the ability to arrange cargo and passengers to best fit their needs. The GLC comes well equipped with numerous infotainment and advanced safety technologies standard.
2) Jaguar F-Pace
MSRP: $41,990 (Details Below)
The brand-new Jaguar F-Pace may be an SUV, but it drives more like a sports car. Its engine options are energetic and pair well with the F-Pace’s eight-speed automatic transmission. That sportiness takes its toll on an owner’s pocketbook, however, with most of its engines achieving subpar fuel economy. All-wheel drive is standard. Four driving modes are available and individuals are able to configure dynamic drive settings in upper trim levels.
The Jaguar F-Pace’s cabin is spacious, yielding plenty of room for up to five people. It is filled with soft-touch materials and features straightforward design elements. Advanced safety technology, including adaptive cruise control and rear traffic detection, is optional. The F-Pace has one of the highest cargo capacities in its class.
Winner: BMW X3
MSRP: $39,250 (Details Below)
The BMW X3 is the Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. The highly scored X3 comes with a variety of strong engine options. It has responsive steering and sporty handling. The X3’s engine stop-start technology can be turned off.
The cabin of the BMW X3 is handsomely outfitted with premium materials. Its seats are comfortable, and the X3 has one of the largest amounts of cargo space in its class. Second row passengers can enjoy abundant legroom. The intuitive iDrive infotainment system comes standard. The X3 has solid safety and predicted reliability ratings.
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