Whether you’re looking for a stylish and sporty SUV, a comfortable and family-friendly ride, or a fuel-efficient hybrid, there’s a luxury subcompact SUV out there that’s perfect for you.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best models on the market, so you can find the one that’s right for your needs and budget.


Volvo XC40

The 2024 Volvo XC40 is a stylish and fun-to-drive SUV with a luxurious interior and plenty of cargo space. It also offers a variety of powerful and fuel-efficient engine options, including a plug-in hybrid model.

Engine1.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower158 hp
Torque184 lb-ft
Transmission (Front-wheel drive)8-speed Automatic
Transmission (All-wheel drive)7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
0-60 mph8.3 seconds (estimated)
Fuel Economy (Front-wheel drive)28 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined
Fuel Economy (All-wheel drive)25 mpg city / 32 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined
Length175.8 inches
Width73.8 inches
Height63.9 inches
Wheelbase106.3 inches
Passenger Space99.5 cubic feet
Cargo Space (behind rear seats)28 cubic feet
Cargo Space (with rear seats folded)66 cubic feet
Starting MSRP$23,995 (front-wheel drive)


The 2024 BMW X1 is another great option, with a sporty driving experience and a comfortable ride. It’s also one of the most affordable luxury subcompact SUVs on the market.

Body StyleCompact SUV
Seating Capacity5
Engine2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower228 hp
Torque258 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed automatic
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined)28 mpg / 33 mpg / 30 mpg
Cargo Space (behind rear seats/with seats folded)22.6 cubic feet / 57.5 cubic feet
Starting Price$38,650

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a luxurious and well-equipped SUV with a powerful engine and a smooth ride. However, it can be a bit cramped in the back seat.

Engine2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower221 hp (165 kW) to 382 hp (285 kW)
Torque258 lb-ft (350 Nm) to 354 lb-ft (480 Nm)
Transmission8-speed dual-clutch automatic
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Seating capacity5
Cargo space17.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 53.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded
Fuel economy25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway (front-wheel drive)

Audi Q3

The 2024 Audi Q3 is a well-rounded SUV with a comfortable interior, plenty of features, and a variety of engine options. It’s not the most exciting SUV to drive, but it’s a good choice for those who value practicality and luxury.

Engine options2.0L 4-cylinder TFSI (turbocharged)
Horsepower184 hp (standard) or 228 hp (40 TFSI quattro)
Transmission8-speed automatic
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive (FWD) or quattro all-wheel drive (AWD)
Fuel economy (combined)26-28 mpg (FWD), 24-26 mpg (AWD)
Seating capacity5
Cargo space (behind rear seats)23.8 cubic feet
Cargo space (with rear seats folded)48.6 cubic feet
Standard featuresPanoramic sunroof, LED headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Optional featuresVirtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Bang & Olufsen audio system, heated steering wheel, driver-assistance features like lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control

Cadillac XT4

The 2023 Cadillac XT4 is a stylish and spacious SUV with a comfortable ride and a powerful engine. However, it can be a bit expensive and its infotainment system can be difficult to use.

Engine2.0L turbocharged I4
Torque252 lb-ft
Transmission9-speed automatic
Fuel economy24 mpg city / 30 mpg highway
DrivetrainFront-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Seating5 passengers
Cargo space24.9 cubic feet behind rear seats, 48.7 cubic feet with rear seats folded
Technology7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bose audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot
SafetyAutomatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring

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