Check out the best compact luxury vehicles of 2018! After countless hours of research, the results are finally in and we’ve comprised a list of the most suitable luxury vehicles for today's drivers. Buying a car these days is no simple task, but with our list of the best compact luxury vehicles, you may finally be able to find that perfect automobile that offers what you need. These new luxury vehicles not only offer an exquisite exterior and luxurious interior, but they also offer terrific performance, incredible safety features, and outstanding versatility. Providing a comfortable and relaxing drive wherever you go, these top vehicles are sure to impress young and old drivers alike. Read on to find out about the best compact luxury vehicles on the market that today's drivers will love. See where they rank!
When it comes to coupes, the A5 comes out on top again. The Coupe model offers many of the same features as the sedan, as well as the powerful performance and terrific fuel economy. It comes equipped with a manual transmission and proves and dual-zone climate control instead of tri-zone climate control. Additionally, it seats up to four passengers rather than five like the sedan. Other incredible coupe models are the BMW 2-Series which features a similar engine to the 4-Series, and the Infiniti Q60, which while not as powerful provides a comfortable, quiet ride all-around.
If you are looking for a luxury compact SUV, the Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC and BMW X3 are all fine options. The X3 offers up to 355 horsepower and provides smooth handling, making it the best performing vehicle. Fuel economy ratings are relatively the same unless you opt for all-wheel drive with the MKC, bringing the mileage down to 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. For the most features including an array of standard safety features, the Lexus NX is your best bet. It will give you features like lane departure warning, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.
The most affordable luxury compact on the market is the 2018 Acura ILX. While it’s not one of our top choices. It provides decent engine power (200HP) and enough features to satisfy most older drivers including a moonroof, dual-zone climate control and a rearview camera. You’ll also save plenty at the pump because it gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Crossovers are a lot like SUVs and in fact these days you’ll find a lot more of them on the market. However, they are built on car platforms so go lower to the ground and are easier to get into. Often, they offer better gas mileage too. The Audi Q5 is one of the best compact luxury crossovers, not only because it features a spacious, comfortable interior but because it offers a huge list of standard features. The 2018 Volvo XC60 also offers an array of features and provides similar engine power at around 250 horsepower and similar fuel economy ratings at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Both vehicles also come equipped with all-wheel drive for easy driving on any road. Although the 2018 Acura RDX doesn’t provide the same features as Audi or Volvo, it comes available at a more affordable price, making it more likely to fit with your budget. It offers better performance but a slightly inferior fuel economy.
Easily the most fuel-efficient luxury compact on the market is the 2018 Jaguar XE. When equipped with a 180-horsepower diesel engine, the XE gets up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, while still managing to provide swift acceleration.
Yes, there will indeed be an updated version of this list as more vehicles are available later in the year. Keep checking back towards the end of the year when many 2019 models are set to be released. If needed, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to our list and post it on the website to reflect these changes.
The best luxury compact sedans include the 2018 Audi A5, the 2018 BMW 4-Series and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class. These vehicles offer comparable fuel economies at around 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway and they also offer similar engine power between 240-250 horsepower. When it comes to handling, the C-Class and 4-Series are excellent choices, but the A5 is easily the top choice as it comes standard with all-wheel drive for easy driving even under the most difficult driving conditions. Features included with many of these models include an infotainment system, dual-zone climate control and even a sunroof. But you’ll get the most features with the A5 that include tri-zone climate control and an infotainment system with HD radio and smartphone integration.
The best compact luxury for those interested in driving through the mountains or around lakes in a quiet, comfortable vehicle will love the Volvo XC60. This vehicle not only provides a refined suspension designed to limit body roll when maneuvering around tight curves, but it also designed to take you off-road for smooth driving on any surface.