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Subcompact Luxury Crossover SUV Rankings

13. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque is a head-turner, but all of its visual drama-that low roof, in particular-compromises practicality. Cargo space and the view out are limited compared to other crossovers in this segment. The styling comes at a cost to both cargo space and outward visibility, although the latter can be partially fixed by opting for the curious two-door convertible model and lowering its cloth top. (Regular Evoques are traditional, fixed-roof four-door SUVs.) The lavish cabin impresses, with high-quality materials and luxury features. A 237-hp turbo four with a nine-speed automatic and a firm suspension give it sporty moves at the expense of an often harsh and raucous ride quality. While the new-for-2020 Evoque that isn’t on sale yet has a smoother ride and some upgrades, it essentially retains this 2019 model’s standout looks.

Alex Conley – Car and Driver

13. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

  • Base price: $42,795
  • Engines: 237-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 20 cu. ft.
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    12. Infiniti QX30

    Few crossovers have styling as distinctive as the Infiniti QX30’s. A sweeping roofline and a high beltline make the cabin feel small and outward visibility seem compromised, similar to the Range Rover Evoque-that’s the price for fashion, it seems. You’d also never guess that the QX30 is closely related to Mercedes-Benz’s GLA-class. The two share a 208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four (driving either the front wheels or all four through a seven-speed automatic), and both have firmly tuned suspensions. Infiniti’s visual differentiation from its Mercedes counterpart continues inside, where its well-appointed, attractive cabin is a cut above the relatively cheap-feeling Benz’s.

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    12. Infiniti QX30

  • Base price: $31,245
  • Engines: 208-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 19 cu. ft.
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    11. Mini Cooper Countryman

    The Mini Countryman trades some of the dynamic sharpness of smaller Minis for (slightly) more space and amenities. As on smaller Minis, the Countryman comes standard with a 134-hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine; S models use a gutsier 189-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. On either engine, customers looking for more driving engagement are free to order a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic is optional. The 221-hp Countryman S E plug-in hybrid adds standard all-wheel drive and an electric motor to the base three-cylinder, though it doesn’t improve fuel economy much. If there’s an issue to be had with the Countryman, it is that it’s not as fun to drive as its smaller siblings-but neither is it large enough to offer competitive practicality in this segment.

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    11. Mini Cooper Countryman

  • Base price: $27,750
  • Engines: 134-hp turbo 1.5L inline-three; 189-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 134-hp turbo 1.5L inline-three, 87-hp AC electric motor, 221 horsepower combined
  • Cargo space: 16 cu. ft.
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    10. Mini Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works

    Did we say the Countryman wasn’t as fun to drive as other Minis? Okay, not all of them are. The John Cooper Works (JCW) trim adds a little pep to the Countryman’s step, thanks to a 228-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a standard a six-speed manual (an eight-speed automatic is available). A sport-tuned suspension provides on-road dexterity; an adjustable damper setup can be added for more refined suspension control. Heated sport seats, a 6.5-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof are all standard, and there are plenty of Union Jack–themed extras for Anglophiles. But keep an eye on the price-this is one pricey Mini.

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    10. Mini Cooper Countryman John Cooper Works

  • Base price: $38,750
  • Engines: 228-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 16 cu. ft.
  • Mini

    9. Mercedes-Benz GLA-class

    It can be difficult to place the Mercedes-Benz GLA, at least visually. It’s kind of a crossover and kind of a hatchback. Underneath its ruggedly styled sheetmetal, it’s based on Mercedes’ previous-generation small-car platform. (A new model is due in the coming year, to be based on the latest small-car bones shared with the new A-class sedan and upcoming CLA replacement.) The GLA’s age shows through in its choppy freeway ride, last-generation infotainment, and its relatively spare interior appointments. At least Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration, plus onboard Wi-Fi, are optional.

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    9. Mercedes-Benz GLA-class

  • Base price: $34,945
  • Engines: 208-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 17 cu. ft.
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    8. Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4Matic

    As the hot-rod version of the regular GLA-class, the AMG-badged GLA45 masks many of its plebeian siblings’ shortcomings with a giant dollop of horsepower. This baby Benz crossover is ballistic, thanks to its 375-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’ll rocket away from a stop thanks to its quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. The GLA45 looks and sounds the part of a hot hatchback, too. It is decked out with splitters and diffusers, and the exhaust barks rambunctiously.

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    8. Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4Matic

  • Base price: $54,345
  • Engines: 375-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 17 cu. ft.
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    7. Jaguar E-Pace

    The Jaguar E-Pace brings the British brand’s trademark sleek style to the ever-expanding small luxury crossover world. Standard equipment is generous, too, and includes a 246-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a 10-inch touchscreen. R-Dynamic models bring extra output-296 ponies!-and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system, while a head-up display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and navigation are optional. Although the E-Pace has plenty of cargo space, it isn’t as roomy for passengers-particularly those relegated to the tiny rear seat.

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    7. Jaguar E-Pace

  • Base price: $39,895
  • Engines: 246-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 296-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 24 cu. ft.
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    6. Lexus NX

    The NX may look edgy and extreme, but underneath it’s a softy in the traditional Lexus way. Even the F Sport trim’s stiffer suspension doesn’t up the sporty factor enough to match the BMW X1 or Cadillac XT4’s handling prowess. If you can get past the NX’s fiddly, difficult-to-use touchpad infotainment controller, the interior is attractive and luxurious. The front seats are great, and standard equipment includes onboard Wi-Fi and adaptive cruise control. Beyond the NX300’s standard 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Lexus offers the 300h hybrid model, which returned 32 mpg on our real-world highway fuel-economy test.

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    6. Lexus NX

  • Base price: $37,510
  • Engines: 235-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 154-hp 2.5L inline-four, 141-hp AC electric motor, 67-hp AC electric motor, 194 horsepower combined
  • Cargo space: 17–18 cu. ft.
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    5. Cadillac XT4

    The XT4 is late to the compact-luxury-crossover party, but Cadillac’s first-ever entry in this not-quite-new segment makes up for lost time. Its angled sheetmetal is decidedly Cadillac and attractive; under its hood is a super smooth 237-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. A Sport model offers an adaptive suspension and big wheels. While Cadillac’s recent turn toward minimalist interiors lets down some of its pricier models, the style works on this smaller XT4’s cabin. Just be sure to take care in optioning your XT4-the pricing gets pretty rich when you move into the upper trim levels.

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    5. Cadillac XT4

  • Base price: $35,790
  • Engines: 237-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 23 cu. ft.
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    4. Lexus UX

    Lexus’s UX is its smallest and most affordable crossover. It isn’t exactly a budget special, however. We like the UX’s daring, sinewy styling-we understand it’s polarizing-and the entry-luxury ute is convincingly upscale inside, with snazzier standard features than its rivals from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The UX is underpowered whether you stick with the standard 169-hp four-cylinder engine or upgrade to the 181-hp hybrid powertrain, but its great steering feel and quiet, refined road manners are endearing enough to make up for its pokey acceleration. If you don’t need a ton of cargo space (the UX lacks much of it), the Lexus offers a premium experience at a great value.

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    4. Lexus UX

  • Base price: $33,175
  • Engines: 169-hp 2.0L inline-four; 143-hp 2.0L inline-four, AC electric motor, 181 horsepower combined
  • Cargo space: 22 cu. ft.
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    3. Volvo XC40

    Compared to Volvo’s larger XC60 and XC90 SUVs, the smallest, the XC40, goes its own way. The exterior styling borders on funky (in a good way!), and the cabin is packed with clever storage solutions for hiding phones, snacks, and other everyday knickknacks. An optional white-painted roof with matching white wheels add visual sizzle, as does the available orange-and-black–colored interior. The entry-level, front-drive T4 trim uses an adequate 187-hp four-cylinder engine; for livelier acceleration and some extra driving fun, step up to the 248-hp, all-wheel-drive T5. A 9.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active safety tech are all standard.

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    3. Volvo XC40

  • Base price: $34,695
  • Engines: 187-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 248-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 21 cu. ft.
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    2. BMW X2

    BMW’s X2 is its more stylish, rakish take on the excellent, traditionally shaped X1. The two BMWs share a chassis, a 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and eight-speed automatic transmission. In keeping with its sportier theme, the X2 offers a zestier 302-hp engine (the X1 only gets the lower-output four-cylinder) in the X2 M35i. Connectivity options include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay, and available safety tech includes lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, forward-collision warning, and low-speed automated emergency braking.

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    2. BMW X2

  • Base price: $37,395
  • Engines: 228-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four; 302-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 22 cu. ft.
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    1. BMW X1

    The BMW X1 is, essentially, a tallish station wagon, which is why we like it so much. We gave it one of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards for 2017 and 2018. Responsive steering and a well-tuned, firm suspension make tossing it around back roads a joy, and the 228-hp four-cylinder engine provides smooth, satisfying thrust. Inside, the X1 is pleasant, with an airy feel and plenty of room. An infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and Bluetooth is standard; navigation, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and a self-parking feature are optional.

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    1. BMW X1

  • Base price: $35,945
  • Engines: 228-hp turbo 2.0L inline-four
  • Cargo space: 27 cu. ft.
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