The 2018-2019 lineup of the best luxury SUVs are some of the most exciting ones to come out lately. Many brands have included new technological improvements in the vehicles. Some have impressed buyers with their improved qualities culled from their previous models.
For buyers, price can influence the decision of which SUV to buy. Some SUV features with more or less the same performance, have price differences that can be wide. While many people can certainly afford to buy any SUV at whatever price, some people choose to be practical and prefer to buy one of the best used luxury SUVs.
This list is going to cover just about everything. From affordable options that get the job done well, all the way to expensive beasts that were designed to break records. Whether you’re in the market for practicality, performance, reliability or safety, this list will point you in the right direction!
Top 15 Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
BMW X5 M ($102,695)
Helped by a 567 horsepower engine, the main claim of the BMW X5 M is its ability to go from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat, which clipped their last model’s speed by almost a second. Also included are its new set of wheels (21–inches), brakes, and suspension.
Aside from the enhanced USB and Bluetooth (now both standardized), the rest of the superb technology in the interior is present. For many, the high-performing BMW X5 M is the top luxury SUV of the year.
Lexus RX 350 ($46,095)
When they had the Lexus RX 350 redesigned, the main point was comfort while raising the quality of the interiors. The result is a better car-like experience in driving. The designed cabin has become more attractive and looks impeccably made.
The Lexus was transformed into a sleeker car, looking less like an SUV with much headroom and legroom in the two seating rows. In turn, there is now a lower dashboard, and the stack of the center control is now favored towards the driver.
The RX 350 runs on its 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 295 horsepower and sporting the standard eight-speed transmission.
Porsche Macan ($49,900)
For its price, its looks, and its performance, the Porsche Macan might just be the best small luxury SUV there is. While the base model comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, performance improves significantly when you move up the trim ladder. This five-seater compact SUV has a 350 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine on the S and GTS trims, with the 400 horsepower twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine being reserved for the Macan Turbo trim.
All engine options are paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive comes standard across all trim levels. All safety tech comes standard, regardless of trim level, but the Macan doesn’t offer much compared to competitors. You’ll be looking at a rear-view camera and lane departure warnings, as well as parking assist in the front and rear.
Mercedes Benz GLC Class ($47,308)
This Mercedes Benz GLC-Class is roomy, upscale-looking, and a perfect candidate for best rated SUV among its class. Both the interior and the exterior are elegant-looking, and it has generous passenger space.
This vehicle carries many safety features and the engine is fuel-efficient. The engine is the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the C300, which replaced the 3.5-liter V6, a fuel-efficient machine. A hybrid option for the GLC is also available, but you’ll have to move all the way up to the 350e 4MATIC trim level.
Audi Q7 ($53,550)
The Audi Q7 is a remarkable SUV that goes above and beyond in almost every way imaginable. It’s not horribly expensive like some of the other vehicles on this list, but it does offer some of the same perks that come with 6-figure price tag rivals. Before we begin talking this car up, let’s get the one negative out of the way. If you’re looking for a ton of space, the Q7 is lacking when compared to competitors. If you fold the seats down, you won’t have any issues, but traveling with three full rows of passengers will get pretty cramped.
If space won’t be an issue, the Q7 might be your realistic dream SUV. The interior is extremely comfortable, offers a quiet ride, and is built with high-quality materials throughout. The standard technology is phenomenal as well, and integrated navigation now comes standard on every trim level of the Q7.
If you’re looking for more tech, just start moving up the trim ladder. If you move on up to the Premium Plus trim, you’ll be able to get your hands on Audi Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging, and LED headlights standard. You can also add on the Convenience package for blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert to help you back out of cramped spaces or busy parking lots. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine offers plenty of power for every driving situation, and the handling is crisp and smooth on every turn.
Cadillac XT5 ($41,695)
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 may take some getting used to, but it’s a great SUV for those that give it a chance. For starters, it only comes with one engine option. It’s odd to see that in this day and age, but a 3.6-liter V6 is your only choice. It’s certainly not the most powerful engine around when compared to rivals, but that’s not to say that it’s a bad engine. It can go from zero-to-60 mph in about 6.8 seconds and handles well on the road.
If you shoot for some of the upper trim levels, the 2019 XT5 has some new standard safety features to keep up with competitors. The interior of the vehicle is built well, offers a lot of comfort and is more spacious than most rivals. While the SUV has decent visibility through the front windshield and side windows, the back is a bit more difficult. The windows aren’t all that large, and the small mirrors on the XT5 certainly don’t make things any easier.
The technology within the SUV is modern and up-to-date, but some of the voice controls don’t work as well as they should. Unless you’re a driver who uses voice control quite a bit, you probably won’t have any issues with the standard tech.
Infiniti QX60 ($44,000)
The Infiniti QX60 is one of the best 3-row SUVs you can get for the price point. It’s not incredibly expensive, and while it may not have as much flash and athleticism as some of its competition, it still gets the job done well.
For a midsize SUV, the QX60 has more space than you would assume. There’s quite a bit of room for passengers, as well as cargo, making this a practical choice for a family vehicle. The interior is well-made and comfortable, but some of the materials are a bit cheap and feel out of place when compared to the other vehicles on this list.
While there are certainly some negatives to consider, the tech available for the QX60 is pretty phenomenal. The 8-inch infotainment system isn’t the largest one around, but it’s very intuitive and performs extremely well. Unlike the 2018 model, the 2019 Infiniti QX60 comes with two trim options, as well as new standard safety features like blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
This is a great luxury SUV for the money, but if you have more cash to spend, keep looking through the list.
Jaguar F-Pace ($44,800)
The Jaguar F-Pace is a beautiful example of how crossovers can be created. Although it’s a larger vehicle that offers up plenty of practicality, it also has the speed and enjoyment that comes out of driving a sporty sedan. With multiple powertrains available, buyers will be very satisfied to build a car that suits their needs.
The interior is well-made and comes with plenty of space. Whether you’re taking a routine trip to grab some groceries, or you’re going for a bit of traveling, the F-Pace will give you more than enough room for both passengers and cargo. Like most Jaguars, both the interior and exterior are sleek and modern, adding even more to the appeal.
While the Jaguar F-Pace is pretty sporty, the ride does feel a bit firm. That’s not enough to say that this isn’t a fun car to drive by any means, but it’s something that drivers should keep in mind. Odds are, you’ll forget about it quickly once you get behind the wheel anyway. In addition, the crossover comes with modern tech and extra options to add in, but the infotainment system isn’t the best one around. If you’re a potential buyer who is looking to have a fast, detailed infotainment system that’s over-the-top, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.
Range Rover Velar ($49,950)
Before we get to everything this car does well, let’s just get the big negative out of the way first. The predicted reliability ratings for the Velar have been sub-par in the past, and while it’s not confirmed that the 2019 model is following suit, it’s safe to assume for the time being that it might not turn out so hot. Other than that, this SUV is great.
Offering one of the most luxurious cabins available, the Velar will have you sitting on an extremely comfortable seat surrounded by high-quality materials, all while you’re staring at one of the best infotainment systems in the business. Compared to other vehicles in Land Rover’s lineup, the Velar is near the top of the list when it comes to refinement. Both the performance and comfort have been nearly perfected, and the hard work is clearly paying off.
The Velar has a wide-range of powertrains available, as well as many additional features and packages, allowing buyers to build an SUV to fit their needs. Similar to many other Land Rover vehicles, the Velar doesn’t get shy when taken off-road. Whether you’re driving down the highway trying to get to work, or you’re taking a trip to the forest to get to a camping site, the Velar will get you there in style.
Lamborghini Urus ($200,000)
If price isn’t an issue, just buy a Lamborghini Urus. It’s $200,000 of fun, and while I can’t say it’s worth every single penny, it may very well be the greatest SUV on the planet. This is only the second SUV Lamborghini has ever made, and while the brand certainly didn’t rise to fame due to their four-door family-haulers, the Urus is a dream come true.
Equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Lamborghini Urus produces an eye-watering 641 horsepower. Despite its size and weight, the power of the engine can propel the vehicle from zero-to-60 in 3.2 seconds. Power aside, the handling is great, the SUV is very responsive, and ride quality is smooth.
The interior is exactly how you pictured it. It’s over-the-top, it’s unnecessary, it’s classic Lamborghini. From the carbon-fiber trims to the red flip-cover that resides over the push-to-start button, you know you’re sitting inside of a Lambo. If you’re planning on buying this SUV for the tech inside (yeah, right), it also comes with an easy-to-use and responsive infotainment system. As I’ve said, if you have the $200K to drop, go for it. The Urus won’t let you down.
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid ($79,900)
The Porsche Cayenne is an all-around incredible vehicle, especially when looking at the hybrid version for 2019. It offers more space than the Macan, as it stays more true to the SUV side of things rather than the sports car aspects, but it still comes with a ton of power. The Cayenne E-Hybrid combines a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and a single electric motor to produce 455 horsepower. The battery inside the vehicle comes with multiple ways to charge, and optional equipment can help cut down charge times by a significant amount.
The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the drivetrain is only available in all-wheel drive. Since the engine and the electric motor are constantly working together, there’s quite a bit of power available. Luckily for drivers, that power is all in your hands. There are multiple driving modes available, allowing you to transform the Cayenne to fit your driving needs. If you want to save on gas, you can switch over to electric-only driving, which will give you 20 miles on full charge before switching to the gasoline-powered engine. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get some serious speed, you can swap over to Sport Plus mode to use all the electric power necessary for the fastest possible acceleration.
Many different options and packages are also available, allowing you to make the vehicle as luxurious as you desire. The 2019 models will have some added standard features for this year as well, including a heated windshield, head-up display, built-in massage functionality for the seats, and 22-inch wheels.
Tesla Model X ($82,000)
The revamped Model X is all-new for 2019, as Tesla decided to drop the 75D, 100D, and P100D models. That being said, the new Model X is the fastest, most practical, and most eco-friendly Model X thus far. It comes with all-wheel drive, seating for up to seven passengers, and being a Tesla, one of the most high-tech cabins available. The battery in the base model provides a 295-mile range, which is the highest range available. If you would prefer to focus more on speed and acceleration, you can upgrade to the high-performance trim, giving you a 289-mile range and a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. If you’re still not satisfied, you can upgrade further and access the Model X’s Ludicrous Mode, which gives you a zero-to-60 time of an unbelievable 2.8 seconds.
There aren’t that many negatives for the Model X, but the interior could definitely be improved upon. For an SUV this expensive, the comfort features just aren’t there. The seats, while comfortable, offer very little in terms of adjustment and customization. Aside from that, the vehicle is astounding. As with every car in the lineup, the Model X comes with Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving mode, allowing the vehicle to pilot itself using cameras, sensors, and radars. It also comes with a handy Summon feature, which allows the driver to park or retrieve the vehicle while standing outside of it. While the feature might not seem necessary, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get yourself in a pickle with the Model X’s Falcon Wing doors.
Volvo XC90 ($47,700)
The Volvo XC90 is a great luxury vehicle for drivers looking for elegance and comfort. The interior and exterior are expertly crafted, and despite being a midsize SUV, there’s plenty of room in the second and third row for passengers. The seats were designed with comfort in mind, which is something you’ll notice immediately the first time you sit down. A plug-in hybrid version is also available, helping you save some extra cash every week when you go to the gas station. Unfortunately for the vehicle, the power is lacking compared to competitors.
If you often find yourself driving up and down hills, or perhaps you need some quick acceleration to make a difficult merge onto the highway, you may want to stay away from the XC90. The engine power just isn’t enough to make this a viable option for overly-demanding situations. In addition to the lack of strength, the XC90 also comes equipped with an infotainment system which isn’t all that great. It’s a 9-inch display, which is fairly large, but it’s used for far too many different functions within the vehicle. It’s also quite difficult to navigate through the menus to find what you’re looking for, even if you know exactly how to get there.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio ($79,995)
Before we close the book on insane SUV/sports car mashups for the day, let’s take a moment to talk about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QF. With a record-setting Nürburgring lap time, a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, and a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 producing 505 horsepower, the Stelvio QF will provide your family with the most fun grocery trips they’ve ever experienced. If you’re the kind of driver who puts performance over everything else, you’ve found your SUV.
While there’s no question that the Stelvio QF is a beautiful vehicle, there are still a couple of negatives to consider. The interior of the vehicle has plenty of high-quality perks, but it also has some not-so-desirable pieces as well. Being an expensive luxury SUV, the bar is obviously going to be set quite a bit higher when compared to more affordable options on the market. While some of the plastics used on the interior of the Stelvio QF wouldn’t be strange to see in a standard SUV, they feel out of place in a car such as this.
The 8.8-inch infotainment system also has some issues. While it comes with modern features, in addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the system itself is lacking. It’s not nearly as crisp and clear graphically as other competitors, and it can feel very unresponsive at times. If you’re planning on spending $80,000 on a luxury SUV, you would expect these issues to be taken care of, especially seeing as how many cheaper options have been able to do it more successfully.
Lincoln Nautilus ($40,340)
While the name might not ring a bell, the Lincoln Nautilus is basically the automaker’s redesign for the Lincoln MKX, sporting a cleaner exterior and new engine options. For the base engine, you’ll be pleased to see a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four capable of producing 245 horsepower. If that’s not enough power for you, feel free to upgrade to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 that outputs 335 horsepower. Regardless of your decision, both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the option for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The interior of the vehicle is clean, simple, spacious, and comfortable. While the SUV comes with a touch-screen infotainment system, it’s only 8 inches, which is fairly small when compared to other vehicles in its class. If that doesn’t bother you, the system is very easy to use and has plenty of functionality. As far as other tech goes, the Nautilus comes with lane-centering assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency brakes, and plenty of other new additions.
All in all, these luxury vehicles garnered very high scores in terms of ratings from the critics, their performance ratings, their interior cabins, safety levels, and their reliability. Get the one that fits your needs perfectly.
Article Updated: April 8, 2019