The best luxury compact SUVs are highlighted below. Luxury compact SUVs cater to shoppers who want the practicality of an SUV but who have room in their budget for more creature comforts and high-tech features.

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Audi Q5 Image
  • MSRP: $41,500 - $54,300
  • MPG: 23 City / 27 Hwy

#1
2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Audi Q5 is fully redesigned with an improved base engine, more driver assistance features, and an updated infotainment system. Audi's luxury compact ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:9.3
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Porsche Macan Image
  • MSRP: $47,800 - $87,700
  • MPG: 20 (Est) City / 25 (Est) Hwy

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2018 Porsche Macan

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

The 2018 Porsche Macan is one of our highest-ranking luxury compact SUVs. This well-rounded SUV has a posh interior and delivers outstanding performance not ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:9.2
Interior:8.1
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Jaguar F-Pace Image
  • MSRP: $41,990 - $70,700
  • MPG: N/A

#3
2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Very few rivals can match the brand-new Jaguar F-Pace when it comes to space, dynamic driving performance, and the prestige that comes with a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.3
Performance:8.9
Interior:8.0
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 3_5
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  • MSRP: $41,500 - $56,700
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy

#3
2018 Volvo XC60

* 2017 pricing; 2018 pricing not available

Fresh for 2018, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 arises as one of the best luxury compact SUVs you can buy. Top attributes include a ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.7
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.7
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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Acura RDX Image
  • MSRP: $35,670 - $43,820
  • MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy

#5
2017 Acura RDX

The 2017 Acura RDX combines good value for the money with a comfortable and fully featured cabin, V6 power, and a smooth ride. This ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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BMW X3 Image
  • MSRP: $40,050 - $48,950
  • MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy

#5
2017 BMW X3

The 2017 BMW X3 hits all the right notes: sporty handling, potent engines, a handsome cabin, and high predicted reliability and safety scores. The ... Read full review»

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U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:9.0
Interior:8.2
Safety:9.7
Reliability: 3_5
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  • MSRP: $39,150 - $59,650
  • MPG: N/A

#5
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

If you're looking for refinement – both inside and out – you'll want to look at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC. This polished luxury compact ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.7
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.1
Interior:8.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 4_0
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Lexus NX Image
  • MSRP: $35,285 - $38,785
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy

#8
2017 Lexus NX

The 2017 Lexus NX 200t is a solid luxury compact SUV with a price that’s lower than many of its competitors. The NX deserves ... Read full review»

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U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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Lincoln MKC Image
  • MSRP: $32,880 - $48,040
  • MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy

#8
2017 Lincoln MKC

If you're looking for a luxury SUV with a comfortable, relaxed ride and an upscale, feature-laden interior, the 2017 Lincoln MKC could meet your ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.9
Interior:7.6
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 3_5
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Infiniti QX50 Image
  • MSRP: $34,650 - $36,450
  • MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy

#10
2017 Infiniti QX50

The 2017 Infiniti QX50 has a powerful V6 engine, handles more like an agile car than an SUV, and has one of the lowest ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.4
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.9
Safety:9.4
Reliability: 3_0
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Lexus NX Hybrid Image
  • MSRP: $39,720 - $39,720
  • MPG: 33 City / 30 Hwy

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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid

The 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid has great fuel economy, agile handling, and plenty of room for passengers. However, power is in short supply. Its ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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  • MSRP: $34,065 - $44,960
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy

#12
2017 Buick Envision

The 2017 Buick Envision gets lost near the back of the luxury compact SUV pack. It’s comfortable to drive and nicely equipped, and it ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:8.0
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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BMW X4 Image
  • MSRP: $47,600 - $59,250
  • MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy

#13
2018 BMW X4

The 2018 BMW X4 places near the bottom of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. Though it's one of the most athletic vehicles in the ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.5
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.5
Safety:N/A
Reliability: N/A
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  • MSRP: $37,695 - $46,595
  • MPG: 20 City / 25 Hwy

#14
2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the most capable off-road vehicle in its class. It also has plenty of cargo space, and it's ... Read full review»

U.S. News Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.8
Safety:N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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Luxury compact SUV buyers, like those in most other classes of SUVs, generally like the benefit of a high seating position, which means easy entry and exit, as well as a commanding view of the road. Top luxury SUVs tend to be more comfortable and have higher-quality interior materials than more affordable options. They also offer a vast amount of standard and optional convenience and safety equipment.

Regarding performance, some luxury compact SUVs offer a thrilling ride, while others provide a more balanced ride, delivering more comfort than agility.

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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.