Compact luxury SUVs combine high-end features with practical design.

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If you're considering a compact SUV, why not treat yourself to a little luxury in the process? There are plenty of luxury compact SUV options on the market that combine all the sensible features of a small SUV, with the high-end ones of a luxury vehicle.

Many compact luxury SUVs come with features that go beyond convenience, such as premium sound systems, available 4G data and Wi-Fi connectivity, and sleek trim materials. Whether you're interested in a sportier compact SUV (such as the Ford Explorer Sport trim) or something a little more rugged (like the Land Rover Discovery Sport), there's a compact luxury SUV option out there for you.

Check out our best luxury compact SUVs, based on our current inventory, interior design, technology features, driver/passenger comfort, and sales associate feedback.

  1. Cadillac XT5
  2. Ford Explorer Platinum & Sport
  3. Buick Envision
  4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
  5. Infiniti QX50
  6. Volvo XC60
  7. Acura RDX


Cadillac XT5

Cadillac XT5

Beginning our list is the 2017 Cadillac XT5, a freshly redesigned vehicle for this particular model year. This vehicle replaced the older model, Cadillac SRX, offering a more lightweight design and better acceleration as a result. The 2017 XT5 is available in four trim levels: the base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.

Standard features in the base trim of this 5-passenger SUV include:

  • leatherette upholstery
  • rear parking sensors and camera
  • smartphone integration
  • Available OnStar® with 4G and Wi-Fi capability
  • an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system

From a space standpoint, the XT5 offers plenty. With the second row of seats folded down, cargo space maxes out at an impressive 63 cubic feet.


Ford Explorer Platinum & Sport

Ford Explorer

A Ford Explorer may not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think "luxury," but the Platinum and Sport trim options on the 2016 Explorer really do compete with even some of the top luxury brands out there. With the Sport's 401A package, you'll enjoy such features as power-folding mirrors, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, and blind-spot/cross-traffic monitoring features.

New for 2016 was the Platinum trim, which takes things to the next level with such features as:

  • a dual-panel sunroof
  • leather upholstery
  • a premium Sony® sound system

Combine this with its impressive 81.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and it's easy to see why the 2016 Explorer is a top contender in this category.


Buick Envision

Buick Envision

The 2017 Buick Envision saw the addition of two new trim options, bringing the total up to four. Even in its base Convenience trim, you'll enjoy such standard features as a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, and rear parking sensors. Some other impressive standard features in this five-passenger SUV include:

  • interior noise cancellation for a quiet ride
  • a rearview camera
  • smartphone integration
  • a universal garage door opener

Depending on the trim you select, there are also two engine choices available: a base 2.5-liter four cylinder, and an upgraded turbocharged 2.0-liter engine available only in Premium trim levels.


Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport

If you're looking for a compact luxury SUV that's a little outside-the-box in terms of its design, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is worth a look. This vehicle sets itself apart from many other compact luxury SUVs with its rugged design; meanwhile, it doesn't make you compromise on high-end features. It's also one of the few vehicles on this list that is available in a third-row option for those in need of extra passenger space.

Offered in three trim levels (SE, HSE, and HSE Lux), the 2017 Discovery Sport includes such standard features as:

  • Land Rover Terrain Response system
  • premium 10-speaker sound system
  • review camera and parking sensors
  • rear privacy glass

Combine this with the 60 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, and the 2017 Discovery Sport is worthy contender—especially for those who like to veer off the beaten path every once in awhile.


Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

For 2016, the Infiniti QX50 saw some improvements from previous model years, including the addition of several more inches of leg room for rear-seat passengers, as well as new standard features such as heated seats and a sunroof. And while this compact crossover is available in just one trim level, there are many different package add-ons to choose from. The Premium Plus Package, for example, adds an innovative 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a touchscreen navigation system.

Other packages to consider include:

  • Premium
  • Deluxe Touring
  • Technology


Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 T5

If you're in the market for a luxury SUV that also happens to be family/kid-friendly, you won't want to overlook the 2017 Volvo XC60. This vehicle boasts a sleek design, ample passenger/cargo space, and practical features such as integrated dual-stage child booster seats.

Offered in three trim levels and two different engine options (the four-cylinder T5 and the more powerful supercharged T6), the 2017 XC60 includes such standard features as:

  • dual panoramic sunroofs
  • rearview camera and parking sensors
  • blind-spot monitoring
  • heated mirrors
  • roof rails

Cargo space maxes out at 67 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.


Acura RDX


Topping our list of the best luxury compact SUVs is the well appointed 2017 Acura RDX. Despite being available in just one trim level, there are three different package options from which to choose: AcuraWatch Plus, Technology, and Advance). Even without selecting a package add-on, however, you'll enjoy generous features such as:

  • rear privacy glass
  • premium upholstery
  • a sunroof
  • power liftgate
  • heated front seats
  • rearview camera

When it comes to standard features, the 2017 RDX is certainly one of the best appointed in this class. Combine this with the standard V6 engine and ample 61.3 cubic feet of storage space. From sleek and sporty to rugged and resilient—and everything in between—this list of the best luxury compact SUVs is a great place to start if you're considering this vehicle type for your next purchase.

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