Best Compact Luxury SUVs of 2020

Many serious luxury car enthusiasts appreciate how to get a true wealth of comfort for their money when purchasing an automobile. Finding the best of the best used to be a difficult task, but no more. Here are the top 2020 luxury car models on the market today that exude comfort, class, and style.

Audi Q5

Many may recognize the Q5 for its recent Hollywood appearances in What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris and Chris Evans and Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd. The 2020 Audi Q5 isn’t just for superstars, though. Starting at $43,300, the all-wheel-drive 2020 Q5 comes well equipped with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission for quite possibly the smoothest ride in this price range. Top tiers offer three-zone climate control and a sleek wraparound dash, just as one might expect of a luxury SUV. Simply put, the Q5’s interior is just as modern as its sharply crafted exterior is. It’s stuffed with techie features like Bluetooth, a back-up camera, side-lane sensors, and its proprietary “pre-sense city” mode.

Optional features are impressive as well. The Q5 offers heated power front seats with driver-positioning memory, keyless entry doors and trunk, rear-passenger side airbags, and panoramic sunroof upgrades. Perhaps the most luxurious item in the car is its in-dash 12.3” virtual cockpit. From here, it’s easy to access Google Earth, Apple CarPlay (Siri) or Google Android Auto, make phone calls, and more at the touch of a button. There’s also park-steer assist, traffic-jam assist, and 3D sound by Bang & Olufsen to pique any serious car enthusiast’s interest. Overall, the 2020 Q5 is an extremely safe all-wheel drive, well-stocked luxury SUV worthy of hanging with the best of the best.

Jaguar I-Pace

The stunning 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is truly a marvel to behold. If going green is a top priority, then the electric I-Pace is a must see. One full charge reaches 234 miles. Even better? Its battery charge time is just 1.5 hours at 440V. It sports a classic, aggressive stance and comes with an unprecedented and fast electric transmission. It goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds! Super sleek with a coefficient drag of just 0.29 to 0.33 Cd, the I-Pace also has an extremely cool interior cockpit that includes an advanced touchscreen and 4G Wi-Fi.

As if a starting price of $69,850, 394HP, and 512 lb-ft of torque wasn’t fantastic enough, the I-Pace comes with the best luxury of all: peace of mind. This SUV comes with a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties (a leader in its class).

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The all-new 2020 GLC by Mercedes-Benz exudes class while offering superior handling. Its all-wheel drive is paired with 9-speed automatic transmission for confident driving in tough conditions. All in all, Mercedes-Benz offers an extremely smooth ride, ranking at the top of its class—all with a starting price of $42,500.

The GLC boasts absolutely incredible interior lighting and technology amongst a sea of ventilated seats. Its elegant touchscreen display can command Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. Impressive optional features include a 12.3" touchscreen display, 3-zone climate control, and wireless charging. All of these features affordably seat the GLC amongst the upper tier of safety and sensibility, all for under $60k.

Acura RDX

Those looking for a luxury crossover SUV with a panoramic moonroof need look no further than the 2020 Acura RDX with superior handling and available all-wheel drive. The interior of top trims includes an impressive 16-way heated, ventilated, and power-adjusted seat configuration inside full-grain Milano leather.

Starting at $37,600, the sporty RDX is loaded with standard and optional amenities. These include the optional ELS Studio 3D speakers, burled Ash wood trim, Ultrasuede interior trim, contrast stitching, and 20-inch rims. Grammy-winning music producer Elliot Scheiner designed the audio system, which is rolled out across 16 speakers. This system is loud, proud, and on point. The RDX even has optional 360-degree cameras to provide the ultimate assurance in collision and abrasion safety. Of course, the RDX is not just a good-looking ride, but a smooth one as well thanks to its 10-gear automatic transmission. All in all, the 2020 RDX is a true bargain amongst many other luxury SUVs.

Volvo XC60

The hybrid 2020 Volvo XC60 is European design at its finest. The XC60 was 2018’s World Car of the Year Award’s winner. Now, the upgraded XC60 boasts up to a whopping 400HP (with the T8 Twin engine) and 59MPGe. The 2020 XC60 is moderately priced, with a starting MSRP of $40,150.

Just what does sort of features does this amazingly priced SUV offer? Some highlights include ample storage (expands to 63.3 cubic feet), a broad stance, and a completely futuristic dashboard with sideways air vents and sleek curves. Better yet, Harman Kardon premium speakers can line its interior, which can connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even Spotify. Remote start, heat, cool, lock, unlock, and parking lot location features are all accessible from the comfort of a smartphone. The most luxurious feature of the XC60, though, is its partnership with Amazon. Installation of the Amazon Key app can allow packages to be delivered straight to the car!

Because Volvo is known for safety, the 2020 XC60 unsurprisingly offers many safety-forward features. It sports ultra-high-strength Boron steel as well as front and rear crumple zones to help absorb the impact of a collision.

BMW X3

Starting around $41,950, the next generation 2020 BMW X3 is lighter weight-wise to allow for much tighter performance. Better yet, the X3 proudly boasts semi-autonomous driving capabilities for consumers. It’s easy to take command with the touchscreen and gesture control while sitting in the perfect German-crafted interior. The X3, like all BMWs, is a true driver’s car compared to many other luxurious models on the market.

The 2020 model comes with an impressive 8-inch ground clearance for better experiences off road and in heavy rains. This experience is improved with the adaptive M sport suspension, 8-speed Steptronic transmission with shift paddles, intelligent all-wheel-drive platform, and perfectly balanced 50/50 chassis. Even better, the X3 comes with a trailer hitch. For technology, the X3 has an optional 12.3-inch digital cluster that feels like a laptop sitting in front of the cockpit. Sirius XM, weather apps, and iDrive are just some of the many features accessible through the display.

Lexus NX

The 2020 Lexus NX comes with a bold design, highlighted by its massive front grille. With this SUV, Lexus expertly weds time-old traditions with modern technology and comfort. With a starting MSRP of $36,870, the NX has luxurious-yet-subtle touches in its interior, such as an analog clock on the dash. The NX also features ambient lighting, a moonroof, remoteless start, a 10.3-inch multimedia display, a remote touchpad, and an exceptional service staff. The F-Sport upgrade includes stylish interior upgrades, and the hybrid option sports a fuel-efficient motor. triple-beam LED headlamps make everything especially safe to drive at night. All in all, it’d be hard to go wrong with this 2020 upgrade.

Infiniti QX50

Starting at $37,250, the 2020 Infiniti QX50 is an impressive beast: its technologically advanced design makes it a force to be reckoned with. For starters, it features an engine featured in the Wards 10 Best Engines list. Furthermore, its ProPILOT Assist takes into account factors that include curved roads and preset distance from other cars, making it perfect for highway driving.

Of course, the QX50 has a compelling and attractive appearance as well. The exterior, for one, boasts a subtly aggressive stance. The interior is filled to the brim with tech, comfort, and luxury. Inside, it has a unique high-divide center console, thick and fine quilt-stitched leather seats, and earth-toned suede accents that give it an American touch. Best of all, it comes with two (that’s right, two) separate touchscreens.

Buick Envision

The Buick Envision is a more affordable SUV in the lineup, starting at a base price of $31,995. It’s an incredibly efficient vehicle that blends comfort, luxury, and practicality. Some great features include the interior wireless phone charging port; passengers simply place their phones on it to begin charging. On top of that, the Envision has a hands-free power liftgate, a panoramic moonroof, a boldly curving grain-style dash, and touchscreen navigation display. Features like the quiet-tuning door panels make the 2020 Envision a silent ride, too.

Lincoln MKC, Now the Lincoln Corsair

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair replaces the Lincoln MKC. The Corsair is visually impressive, with a sleek brake-light display and bold front grille. It sports an Amazon Alexa connection to pair with a 4G LTE connection for up to 10 devices, making it a perfect family ride. Lincoln is known for being smooth, and the 2020 Corsair is no exception with its adaptive suspension drive. Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection are just some of the technology features available, and this all comes at an affordable starting price of $35,945.

Mazda CX-5 Signature

Starting at $37,055, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature is a 227HP, 310 lb-ft torque crossover SUV. The CX-5 Signature uses a 2.5L engine that makes it possible to tow up to 2,000 lbs. Its modern interior is beautifully simple, making use of geometric air vents, wood grain, and a stitched-leather dashboard.

As far as technology goes, the 2020 model is outfitted with the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its touchscreen display. Safety is no concern either; the CX-5 was 2019’s IIHS Top Safety Pick. It’s hard to be disappointed here.

Honda CR-V Touring

The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring comes in at an extremely affordable starting price of $33,250. The Touring model sports a 9-speaker audio system, a satellite-linked navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free access tailgate, auto on/off headlights, chrome exhaust finishes, a touchscreen display, and all-wheel drive. Critics haven’t overlooked this vehicle, either. Awards the Honda CR-V has collected include the 2019 Best SUV Brand, the 2019 Best Buy from Kelley Blue Book, the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick, and the 2019 Edmunds Editor’s Choice Award. If safe and affordable luxury is a priority, the CR-V Touring is a worthy investment.

Nissan Murano Platinum

The 2020 Nissan Murano Platinum won US News’ 2019 Best Cars for the Money Award, and the 2020 upgrade only improves this vehicle. Starting at $43730, this vehicle boasts a respectable 20MPG in the city and 28MPG on the highway, propelled by a 3.5L V6 engine. Reaching up to 260HP at 6,000 rpm, this vehicle is a stylish family car that doesn’t break the bank.

GMC Terrain Denali

The 2020 GMC Terrain Denali is an American luxury from head to toe. Starting at $38,300, the wide-bodied Terrain Denali can tow up to 3,500 pounds! Appearance-wise, this SUV will definitely make a statement with a wide-pattern chrome front grille. Other features include a foot-activated power liftgate, signature-lighting LED headlamps, built-in navigation, a turbocharged engine, Apple CarPlay, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and remoteless car locks, engine start, and horn engagement. Overall, the Terrain Denali is just plain fun, loaded with countless features to explore.

Conclusion

All in all, there are many choices in the luxury SUV market that can fit most styles, budgets, and size requirements. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to find a luxurious ride that’s also safe and practical.

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