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Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are a capable and smart option for tackling just about any need—from daily commutes to running errands and ferrying family. And so we've prepared a long list of available luxury compact SUVs that seat five passengers and offer stylish design, luxurious interior, and comfortable-yet-sporty performance character. For many, SUVs offer the best of all worlds: good-looking vehicles with enough room for both people and their belongings.

If you're in the market for a small luxury SUV, this updated list is a great place to start. To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best compact luxury SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data on all cars sold with prices over $35,000 from June 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019.

  1. Jaguar F-Pace S
  2. Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum
  3. Cadillac XT5 Platinum
  4. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
  5. BMW X3 sDrive30i
  6. Jaguar F-Pace Prestige
  7. BMW X3 xDrive30i
  8. Jaguar F-Pace Premium
  9. Porsche Macan
  10. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

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Jaguar F-Pace S

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Jaguar F-Pace S

Originally introduced for model year 2017, the Jaguar F-Pace is the first SUV from Jaguar. As such, it has quickly gained a reputation for practical interior comfort and functionality, a stylish exterior, and premium performance on the road. The F-Pace S is powered by a supercharged V6 engine, making 340 hp for the 2017 model year—and getting a power upgrade to 380 hp for the 2018 and 2019 model years. Standard features for the 2017–2019 Jaguar F-Pace S include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • 10-way power front seats
  • 10-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Adaptive suspension

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Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

The XC60 T5 compact SUV offers a reputation for Scandinavian style, ample driver-assist features, and functional interiors that are also comfortable. For model year 2017, the XC60 T5 is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 240 hp. With the redesigned model that debuted in 2018, that powertrain received 10 more hp. Standard features for the 2017–2019 Volvo XC60 T5 include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Leather seats
  • Bluetooth®
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Nine-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay® and AndroidAuto™

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Cadillac XT5 Platinum

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Cadillac XT5 Platinum

When Cadillac replaced the SRX with the 2017 Cadillac XT5 they did so with the technology and features in mind that would compete well against SUVs like the Lexus RX, Audi Q5, and more. To that end, the XT5 includes refreshed interior, updated technology, and a luxurious interior. Power-wise, the XT5 offers a 3.6L V6 base engine with 310 hp across 2017–2019 model years. The EPA estimates the 2017–2019 Cadillac XT5 will get 22 mpg in combined driving.1

Standard features for the 2017–2019 Cadillac XT5 Platinum include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Heated rear seats
  • Bose® audio
  • Semi-Aniline leather
  • Heads-up display
  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen display

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Looking for more space than what you might find in a two-door Jeep Wrangler? Try four doors and extra room for your five passengers—that's what you can expect with the Wrangler Unlimited model. Power for the 2017 model year comes from a standard 3.6L V6 engine that makes 285 hp, with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined.1 For the redesigned 2018 model, there's also a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine available that makes 270 hp and gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.1

Standard features for the 2017–2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Skid plates
  • Tubular side steps
  • Seven-inch infotainment touchscreen display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

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BMW X3 sDrive30i

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: BMW X3 sDrive30i

First available for the 2019 model year, the 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 248 hp mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There's also some great standard driver-assist technology, including automatic emergency braking. Inside, the 2019 BMW X3 sDrive 30i is well-appointed with an abundance of technology and can comfortably accommodate five passengers as well.

Standard features for the 2019 BMW X3 sDrive 30i include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Bluetooth®
  • 6.5-inch infotainment display
  • Synthetic leather upholstery

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Jaguar F-Pace Prestige

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Jaguar F-Pace Prestige

Introduced in 2017, the Jaguar F-Pace has stayed consistent in terms of style and design but has enjoyed additions and changes to its powertrain offering between 2017 and 2019 model years. For the debut model year, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige offers a choice of a turbocharged diesel engine (20d model) or a gasoline 340 hp V6 engine (35t model). Subsequent trim and model changes to the 2018 and 2019 versions added two 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines with differing power outputs: the Jaguar F-Pace 25t, which makes 247 hp, and the 30t with a robust 296 hp.

Standard features for the 2017–2019 Jaguar F-Pace Prestige include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Navigation

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BMW X3 xDrive30i

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: BMW X3 xDrive30i

Debuted with the BMW X3 overall redesign for the 2018 model year, the xDrive30i nonetheless continues a tradition of luxury SUV utility in a compact and stylish package. Indeed, the 2018 model year offers stylish improvements in terms of visibility and increased technology. For example, the 2018–2019 BMW X3 now features an available 10.25-inch touchscreen with gesture control.

Performance-wise, the 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i is driven by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 hp mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The EPA-estimated mileage for this powertrain is 25 mpg combined.1

Standard features on the 2018–2019 BMW X3 xDrive 30i include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Bluetooth
  • Reclining rear seats

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Jaguar F-Pace Premium

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Jaguar F-Pace Premium

Like the rest of its siblings on this list, the Jaguar F-Pace Premium evokes an awaiting adventure thanks to its sloping and sporty exterior design, signature over-sized grille, and ample performance. It also boasts a functional-yet-luxurious interior design that makes the SUV feel more spacious. When adventure calls, consider the Jaguar F-Pace Premium trim. Standard features from 20172019 Jaguar F-Pace Premium model years include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Memory driver seat
  • Power folding mirrors
  • 10-inch infotainment touchscreen

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Porsche Macan

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan compact SUV blends ideal proportions with refined interior luxury and premium performance. The 2017–2019 Macan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp. Standard features for the 20172019 Porsche Macan include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Leather and Alcantara® seat upholstery
  • Eight-way power seats
  • Bi-xenon® headlights
  • Rearview camera

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Best Luxury Compact SUVs for 2020: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

With this SUV, you can truly take the road less traveled and do so with room for five passengers and all their gear. After all, the 2017–2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, with a total of 71.6 cubic feet inside. Power for the 2017 model year is a standard 3.6L V6 engine that makes 285 hp with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined.1 For the redesigned 2018 model, there's also a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 270 hp and gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.1

Standard features for the 2017–2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon include:

  • 33-inch knobby tires
  • Wide-track front and rear axles
  • Front and rear locking differentials
  • Front sway-bar disconnect
  • Off-road rock rails
  • Rock-Trac 4×4 system
  • High-clearance two-piece fender flares

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No matter what's on your to-do list, a luxury compact SUV is sure to help you accomplish the task. From the venerable BMW X3 to the off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, there is something for every driver on this list.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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