Luxury SUVs are the largest crossover segment, in terms of the number of different models available. With its high profit margins, the luxury SUV segment has really been a boon to auto manufacturers.
The segment has grown rapidly in the past decade and now encompasses SUV types ranging from compact to full-size, midsize and three-row models, off-road, and now subcompact. Engine types spanning from gas with many turbocharged and some supercharged models, diesel, hybrid, and electric models coming soon.
Most new SUV models feature unibody construction with some being more like a wagon like the Audi Allroad or more like a raised hatchback like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, or more like a couple like the BMW X4. There are still some body on frame models, which are built on a truck platform
With over 50 models, SUV buyers have plenty of luxury to choose from to fit their needs and preference. Here’s a list of 2016 luxury SUV models broken down by Category:
Subcompact Luxury SUVs
– Audi Q3 – Was an all-new model for 2015.
– BMW X1
– Buick Encore
– Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class – The GLA Class is all-new based on the CLA-compact car class.
The subcompact luxury SUV class is one of the smallest in the segment but is expected to quickly expand. F or more details on these models, check out our luxury subcompact SUV article.
Compact Luxury SUVs
– Audi Q5
– BWX X3
– BMW X4
– Cadillac SRX
– Infiniti QX50
– Land Rover LR2
– Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
– Lexus NX – An all-new model from Lexus, based off the Toyota RAV4.
– Lincoln MKC – All-new, based off the Ford Escape.
– Porsche Macan – The Macan was a new model for 2015.
– Volvo XC60
The compact and midsize segments are the largest in the luxury SUV segment.
Midsize Luxury SUVs
– Acura RDX
– BMW X5
– BMW X6
– Infiniti QX70
– Land Rover LR4
– Land Rover Range Rover Sport
– Lincoln MKX
– Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
– Mercedes-Benz M-Class
– Porsche Cayenne
– Volkswagen Touareg – Volkswagen isn’t synonymous with luxury but the Touareg is the exception.
The first run of all-new Tesla Model Xs have sold out. Look for widespread availability of the all-electric SUV to enter this class later in 2016.
Large Luxury SUVs
– Land Rover Range Rover – The flagship Land Rover has a price tag starting at about $84,000.
– Mercedes-Benz G-Class
– Toyota Land Cruiser – A Toyota on a luxury SUV list? Yep. With a starting price over $80,000, the Land Cruiser earns its place.
The G-Class is difficult to classify as it combines luxurious features with military-grade off-road capability and seating for five. The model has a starting price of over $115,000.
Three-Row Luxury SUVs
– Acura MDX
– Audi Q7 – Click here for our article on this model.
– Buick Enclave
– Infiniti QX60
– Lexus GX
– Lincoln MKT
– Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
– Volvo XC90
Luxury SUV Wagons
– Audi Allroad
– Volvo XC70
Full-Size Luxury SUVs
– Cadillac Escalade – The Escalade was introduced a new generation for the 2016 model year.
– Infiniti QX80
– Lexus LX
– Lincoln Navigator
The Navigator received major changes for 2016 with a new turbocharged V-6 engine and updated styling. It’s also the lowest cost model in the class with a starting price of about $62,000 compared to the Navigator which is about $10,000 more than that and the Lexus LX which starts at about $83,000. The QX80 starts at about $64,000.
SUV models getting increasingly more expensive and a wider range of features, the lines of what is a ‘luxury’ model is becoming less clear. Models like the GMC Yukon Denali XL approach near $80,000 in price. The models shares many of the features seen in the Cadillac Escalade, but the Yukon Denali is not though of as a luxury model due to its name badge.
MINI’s SUV models are referred to as ‘premium’ and models like the Ford Explorer can exceed $45,000 in price. This price point used to reserved exclusively for luxury models.
The luxury SUV class will continue to grow and get more competitive as luxury European automakers Jaguar and Maserati have plans to launch new models.