Best Small Luxury SUVs of 2020 (New & Used)

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2021 Volvo CX60 / Photo Credit: Volvo

2021 Volvo XC60 / Photo Credit: Volvo

15 Best Luxury Compact SUVs of 2020

  1. Volvo XC60 | For Sale
  2. BMW X3 | For Sale
  3. Lincoln Corsair | For Sale
  4. Audi Q5 | For Sale
  5. Mercedes-Benz GLB
  6. Lexus NX  | For Sale
  7. Acura RDX | For Sale
  8. Alfa Romeo Stelvio | For Sale
  9. Mercedes-Benz GLC | For Sale
  10. Infiniti QX50 | For Sale
  11. Porsche Macan | For Sale
  12. Land Rover Discovery Sport | For Sale
  13. Jaguar F-Pace | For Sale
  14. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe | For Sale
  15. BMW X4 | For Sale

9 Best Luxury Subcompact SUVs of 2020

  1. Volvo XC40 | For Sale
  2. Audi Q3 | For Sale
  3. Mercedes-Benz GLA | For Sale
  4. Lexus UX | For Sale
  5. BMW X1 | For Sale
  6. Jaguar E-Pace | For Sale
  7. Cadillac XT4 | For Sale
  8. BMW X2 | For Sale
  9. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque | For Sale

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How We Ranked These Small Luxury SUVs

We ranked these small luxury SUVs using a combination of factors, including horsepower, safety scores, cargo space, and estimated annual fuel cost.

The price you see for each vehicle includes five important features that many new car shoppers look for: an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring. These are the Key Features mentioned below with each vehicle. We will note when the SUVs on this list don’t offer all of these features.

More Detail: 15 Best Luxury Compact SUVs of 2020

1. 2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Volvo CX60 / Photo Credit: Volvo

2021 Volvo XC60 / Photo Credit: Volvo

  • Base MSRP: $41,700
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $44,995
  • Max Cargo Space: 63.6 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 250

The Volvo XC60 offers two spacious rows of seating, a versatile cargo area, good horsepower rating with its base engine, and competitive fuel economy.

The XC60 has fared well in crash evaluations and includes a ton of technology and safety features.

Shopping for a Used Volvo XC60? 2018-2021 XC60 models have nearly identical styling and similar features; you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used Volvo XC60 | Research the Volvo XC60

2. 2021 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3

2021 BMW X3 / Photo Credit: BMW

  • Base MSRP: $43,000
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $45,995
  • Max Cargo Space: 62.7 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 25 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 248

The BMW X3 deftly combines elegance and performance, with comfortable seating for five passengers across two rows and an enticing lineup of engine options. It also offers lots of cargo space and has good gas mileage.

It has good crash test ratings and comes standard with lots of safety features.

Shopping for a Used BMW X3? 2018-2021 X3 models have nearly identical styling and similar features; you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used BMW X3 | Research the BMW X3

3. 2021 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

2021 Lincoln Corsair / Photo Credit: Lincoln

  • Base MSRP: $35,945
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $41,185
  • Max Cargo Space: 57.6 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 250

The Corsair was a new addition to the brand’s lineup for 2020. This stylish SUV seats five passengers, has good safety scores and fuel economy ratings, and undercuts most competitors on price.

It has good acceleration and a smooth ride. There’s also a long list of standard infotainment features and advanced driver-assist systems.

Shopping for a Used Lincoln Corsair? 2020-2021 Corsair models have similar styling and features, though you aren’t likely to find many used examples on the market.

Find a Used Lincoln Corsair | Research the Lincoln Corsair

4. 2021 Audi Q5

2020 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5 / Photo Credit: Audi

  • Base MSRP: $43,300
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $44,395
  • Max Cargo Space: 53.1 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 25 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 248

The Q5 is one of the more well-rounded compact luxury SUVs on the market, balancing an upscale yet practical interior with engaging performance that doesn’t compromise ride quality.

This SUV comes standard with lots of infotainment tech and all-wheel drive, but notably, full-speed automatic emergency braking is missing from the features menu.

Shopping for a Used Audi Q5? 2018-2021 Q5 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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5. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

  • Base MSRP: $38,050
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $39,150
  • Max Cargo Space: 62 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 26 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 221

The GLB is another new addition to the segment, in just its second year. It’s one of the few small luxury SUVs on the market with an optional third row, to seat up to seven passengers.

It provides plenty of standard infotainment features, though most cutting-edge safety features are optional.

Shopping for a Used Mercedes-Benz GLB? 2020-2021 GLB models have similar styling and features; you can save by considering older model years, if you’re able to find any.

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6. 2021 Lexus NX

2020 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Lexus NX / Photo Credit: Lexus

  • Base MSRP: $37,510
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $40,360
  • Max Cargo Space: 54.6 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 235

The NX features an upscale cabin that seats five passengers, good safety scores, one of the more unique exterior designs in the segment, and a low starting price compared to rivals.

The base NX hits most of the high points in terms of features, though its performance isn’t as sporty as many competitors.

Shopping for a Used Lexus NX? 2015-2021 NX models have nearly identical styling and many of the same features, so you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used Lexus NX | Research the Lexus NX

7. 2021 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX / Photo Credit: Acura

2021 Acura RDX / Photo Credit: Acura

  • Base MSRP: $38,200
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $44,625
  • Max Cargo Space: 58.9 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 23 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 272

The RDX has an eye-catching exterior design, comfortable accommodations for five passengers, and one of the most powerful base engines in the class. It’s well rounded and a good value.

The base price of the RDX is on par with many fully loaded non-luxury compact SUV models, though it costs a lot extra to get the sought-after features targeted for this roundup.

Shopping for a Used Acura RDX? 2019-2021 RDX models have nearly identical styling and many of the same features, so you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used Acura RDX | Research the Acura RDX

8. 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio / Photo Credit: FCA

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio / Photo Credit: FCA

  • Base MSRP: $41,400
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $45,495
  • Max Cargo Space: 56.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 280

The Stelvio has exotic and unique looks, seating for five passengers, enjoyable driving dynamics, and one of the highest base horsepower ratings in the segment.

It hasn’t been evaluated for crashworthiness, but can be purchased with advanced safety technology features.

Shopping for a Used Alfa Romeo Stelvio? 2018-2020 Stelvio models have nearly identical styling and features; you can save by considering older model years.

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9. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

  • Base MSRP: $42,500
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $44,500
  • Max Cargo Space: 56.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 255

The GLC offers a compelling combination of luxurious design, cutting-edge features, and athletic performance. The GLC gets thoroughly refreshed for 2020: interior and exterior styling, updated infotainment and safety technology, and a more powerful engine lineup.

It has a lot of enticing options, but the base trim is still a decent choice, with a competitive horsepower rating and key safety features.

Shopping for a Used Mercedes-Benz GLC? 2020 GLC models have refreshed styling and features, though 2016-2019 models are of the same generation; you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used Mercedes-Benz GLC | Research the Mercedes-Benz GLC

10. 2020 Infiniti QX50

2020 Infiniti QX50 / Photo Credit: Infiniti

2020 Infiniti QX50 / Photo Credit: Infiniti

  • Base MSRP: $37,250
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $40,975
  • Max Cargo Space: 65.1 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 25 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 268

The QX50 was redesigned for 2019 and is now much more practical than the previous generation, with more interior space and a more efficient 4-cylinder engine. This comfortable SUV seats five passengers.

It has good safety scores and lots of features. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility did not become available until 2020.

Shopping for a Used Infiniti QX50? 2019-2020 QX50 models have similar styling; you can save by considering older model years, but be sure you’re getting the features you want.

Find a Used Infiniti QX50 | Research the Infiniti QX50

11. 2020 Porsche Macan

2020 Porsche Macan / Photo Credit: Porsche

2020 Porsche Macan / Photo Credit: Porsche

  • Base MSRP: $50,900
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $55,320
  • Max Cargo Space: 52.9 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 21 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 248

The Macan is more expensive and less practical than most competing compact luxury SUVs, though it does offer unique styling and driving dynamics. The posh interior provides comfortable seating for five.

In addition to the high base price, it costs a lot to equip a Macan with the popular features considered for this overview.

Shopping for a Used Porsche Macan? 2015-2020 Macan models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years, but check to make sure you’re getting the features you want.

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12. 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport / Photo Credit: Land Rover

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport / Photo Credit: Land Rover

  • Base MSRP: $37,800
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $40,910
  • Max Cargo Space: 51.2 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 21 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 246

Unlike a lot of the SUVs already mentioned, the Discovery Sport offers real off-road capability, and it does so in style and comfort. The Discovery Sport is less well-rounded than many competitors, but that’s worth the tradeoff to its target audience. It’s also one of the few compact luxury SUVs with an optional third row.

The Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s most affordable model, and it doesn’t cost much extra to get key infotainment and safety features. It’s not particularly efficient or spacious, however.

Shopping for a Used Land Rover Discovery Sport? 2015-2020 Discovery Sport models have similar styling, though the 2020 model gets a lot of tech updates. You can save by considering older model years, but make sure you’re getting the features you want.

Find a Used Land Rover Discovery Sport | Research the Land Rover Discovery Sport

13. 2020 Jaguar F-Pace

2020 Jaguar F-Pace / Photo Credit: Jaguar

2020 Jaguar F-Pace / Photo Credit: Jaguar

  • Base MSRP: $45,200
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $50,650
  • Max Cargo Space: 63.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 247

The F-Pace has distinctive looks and capability. It’s elegant, comfortable, and fun to drive, and offers plenty of space for five passengers and their gear. The F-Pace is also a capable towing vehicle, unlike many of its contemporaries.

On the downside, the F-Pace is expensive in base form and costs quite a bit extra to get sought-after tech and safety features. All-wheel drive comes standard in the F-Pace, though a lot of its safety and driver-assistance features are optional.

Shopping for a Used Jaguar F-Pace? 2017-2020 F-Pace models have nearly identical styling and similar feature availability; you can save by considering older model years.

Find a Used Jaguar F-Pace | Research the Jaguar F-Pace

14. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

  • Base MSRP: $50,000
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $50,000
  • Max Cargo Space: 49.4 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 255

The GLC Coupe is based on the GLC, but it ranks lower because it’s a little less versatile. Mercedes calls this version of the GLC a coupe because it features a sharply raked roofline, giving it a sleeker appearance, though that cuts into its passenger and cargo space.

The GLC Coupe also costs more to start than the regular SUV model, though it includes all-wheel drive and lots of desirable features.

Shopping for a Used Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe? 2020 GLC models have refreshed styling and features, though 2016-2019 models are of the same generation; you can save by considering older model years.

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15. 2021 BMW X4

2021 BMW X4 / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW X4 / Photo Credit: BMW

  • Base MSRP: $51,600
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $52,595
  • Max Cargo Space: 50.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 25 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 245

The X4 is based on the aforementioned BMW X3, though it features coupe-like styling courtesy of its raked roofline. Otherwise, it’s pretty similar to the more practical X3, which offers more interior space and costs less.

On the upside, the base X4 configuration includes key safety and tech features.

Shopping for a Used BMW X4? 2019-2021 X4 models have identical styling and similar features; you can save by considering older model years.

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More Detail: 9 Best Luxury Subcompact SUVs of 2020

1. 2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Volvo XC40 / Photo Credit: Volvo

  • Base MSRP: $33,700
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $36,695
  • Max Cargo Space: 57.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 25 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 248

The XC40 is one of the most stylish subcompact SUVs on the market. It seats five passengers and is fun to drive.

It also offers some of the most advanced safety and driver-assistance technology in the segment. It costs a little more to get some of these features, though.

Shopping for a Used Volvo XC40? 2019-2021 XC40 models have nearly identical styling and features; you can save money by buying used.

Find a Used Volvo XC40 | Research the Volvo XC40

2. 2020 Audi Q3

2020 Audi Q3 / Photo Credit: Audi

2020 Audi Q3 / Photo Credit: Audi

  • Base MSRP: $34,700
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $37,295
  • Max Cargo Space: 48 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy: 22 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 228

The Q3 is the brand’s smallest SUV. It provides seating for five passengers, though it has one of the lowest cargo ratings in the class. The Q3 also has good performance, but relatively low fuel economy ratings.

All-wheel drive comes standard in every Q3, though it costs extra to get a Q3 with some of the desirable safety and tech features that customers want.

Shopping for a Used Audi Q3? 2019-2020 Q3 models have identical styling and features; you can save money by buying used.

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3. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

  • Base MSRP: $36,230
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $38,230
  • Max Cargo Space: 50.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 27 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 221

The GLA is the brand’s smallest and most affordable SUV, though it provides perks similar to larger Mercedes vehicles, including distinctive styling and user-friendly infotainment features. The GLA also offers good fuel economy ratings.

It has some drawbacks, though: Some rivals have better handling and better cargo capacity.

Shopping for a Used Mercedes-Benz GLA? The GLA is fully redesigned for 2021.

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4. 2020 Lexus UX

2020 Lexus UX

2020 Lexus UX / Photo Credit: Lexus

  • Base MSRP: $32,300
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $33,825
  • Max Cargo Space: 48 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy: 33 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 169

The UX is one of the most affordable and efficient models in the subcompact luxury crossover class, as well as in the Lexus lineup. However, the UX has a low horsepower rating and is not offered with all-wheel drive.

It comes standard with a handful of key safety features, and it doesn’t cost much to add more. Android Auto is newly standard for 2020.

Shopping for a Used Lexus UX? 2019-2020 UX models have identical styling and similar features; you can save money by buying used.

Find a Used Lexus UX | Research the Lexus UX

5. 2021 BMW X1

2020 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1 / Photo Credit: BMW

  • Base MSRP: $35,400
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $38,395
  • Max Cargo Space: 58.7 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 26 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 228

The X1 is BMW’s smallest SUV, with seating for five passengers, good acceleration and handling, and advanced tech features. It’s practical and fun to drive.

However, the X1 lacks some features that potential buyers have come to expect. Those who want Android Auto smartphone capability, blind spot warning, or full-speed automatic emergency braking should look elsewhere.

Shopping for a Used BMW X1? 2016-2021 X1 models have similar styling and features. You can save money by considering older model years, but make sure you’re getting the safety and convenience features you want.

Find a Used BMW X1 | Research the BMW X1

6. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

2020 Jaguar E-Pace / Photo Credit: Jaguar

2020 Jaguar E-Pace / Photo Credit: Jaguar

  • Base MSRP: $39,950
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $42,700
  • Max Cargo Space: 52.7 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 246

The E-Pace is a subcompact luxury crossover that drives and rides like a sports car, and it’s got the looks to match. Inside, the E-Pace seats five, and the cabin offers plenty of features. All-wheel drive comes standard, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are new for 2020.

It has premium pricing, so it’s not a good bet for everyone, but it’s in line with more performance-oriented competitors.

Shopping for a Used Jaguar E-Pace? 2018-2020 E-Pace models have similar styling and features; you can save money by considering older model years.

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7. 2020 Cadillac XT4

2020 Cadillac XT4 / Photo Credit: Cadillac

2020 Cadillac XT4 / Photo Credit: Cadillac

  • Base MSRP: $35,695
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $43,290
  • Max Cargo Space: 48.9 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 24 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 237

The XT4 is one of the newer models in the subcompact luxury SUV segment. It seats five passengers and combines potent acceleration with competitive fuel mileage. The XT4 helps give Cadillac an aggressive new look.

Though the XT4 comes standard with plenty of equipment, it costs more to add some of the features on our list.

Shopping for a Used Cadillac XT4? 2019-2020 XT4 models have identical styling and features. You can save money by Used model.

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8. 2021 BMW X2

2020 BMW X2

2021 BMW X2 / Photo Credit: BMW

  • Base MSRP: $36,600
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $39,595
  • Max Cargo Space: 50.1 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 27 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 228

The X2 is similar to the X1, though it sheds the familiar SUV shape in favor of coupe-like styling. The X2 is comfortable and fun to drive, though not as practical as the X1 because the roofline cuts into interior space.

However, BMW omits some popular features from the X2. You won’t be able to get this crossover with Android Auto, blind spot warning, or full-speed automatic emergency braking.

Shopping for a Used BMW X2? 2018-2021 X2 models have similar styling and features. You can save money by Used model.

Find a Used BMW X2 | Research the BMW X2

9. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque / Photo Credit: Land Rover

  • Base MSRP: $42,650
  • Price w/ Key Features*: $45,900
  • Max Cargo Space: 50.5 cu ft
  • Fuel Economy w/ AWD: 23 combined mpg
  • Horsepower: 246

The Evoque is sleek, sophisticated, and one of the most capable off-roaders in the subcompact luxury SUV class. The Range Rover Evoque also features tons of technology, including a new 48-volt mild hybrid system. Interior space is tight in the rear row, though there is space for five passengers.

It has a long list of standard and available features, but some of the safety and driver assistance aids cost extra.

Shopping for a Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque? The Range Rover Evoque has been fully redesigned for 2021. Older models may look different and have fewer features, but can save you a lot of money versus buying new.

Find a Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque | Research the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Benefits of Buying a Small Luxury SUV

A small luxury SUV offers more passenger and cargo space than a regular car, along with upscale looks and engaging performance.

In general, small luxury crossovers and SUVs offer good fuel economy ratings, enough room for five adults, and the option of all-wheel drive. They’re typically more efficient than midsize SUVs, which are larger and heavier.

For the best value in the luxury SUV segment, a subcompact or compact model is a good choice, and there are plenty of options.

Best Used Small Luxury SUVs

Considering a used small luxury SUV is a great way to save money without sacrificing features, performance, or styling, since many of these models haven’t changed much in the last few years. As long as you don’t go back more than a few model years, you’re likely to be able to find a gently used luxury crossover with the features you want.

Each small luxury SUV shown above has information about which model years to consider when searching for a used version with similar styling and features. The link below each vehicle takes you to Carfax’s used car listings for that model. Every car in Carfax used car listings comes with a free Carfax Report.

If you have questions about this story, please contact us at Editors@carfax.com

About the Author:

I have 15 years of experience with the auto industry as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to Carfax, recent bylines include HowStuffWorks, U.S. News & World Report, Hagerty, the Chicago Tribune and CarGurus. My hobbies include boxing and dance classes, paddle boarding and reading. Though the Volkswagen/Audi community was my gateway to my love of cars, I now own a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray and a 2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Edition, as well as a Genuine Buddy 150 scooter and a Honda Grom. I live in Chicago.