Luxury SUVs

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 A4 Allroad or more like a raised hatchback like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, or more like a coupe-like the BMW X4. There are still some body-on-frame models, which are built on a truck platform.

Lots of Models to Choose From

With over 50 models, SUV buyers have plenty of luxury to choose from to fit their needs and preference. All the available models offer all-wheel drive.

Below’s a list of 2021 luxury SUV models broken down by category.


Subcompact Luxury SUVs

  • Audi Q3
  • BMW X1
  • BMW X2
  • Buick Encore
  • Cadillac XT4
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Lexus UX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • MINI Cooper Countryman
  • Volvo XC40

The subcompact luxury SUV class has exploded in size in recent years. The cost of vehicles in this class ranges from $25,000 to the Encore to over $45,000 for the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 were recognized in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability study as the most dependable SUV models in the segment.

The X1, X2, and GLA all made our list of fastest SUVs under $40,000.

For more details on this vehicle class, check out our luxury subcompact SUV article.

porsche macan

Compact Luxury SUVs

  • Acura RDX
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Audi Q5
  • BWX X3
  • BMW X4
  • Buick Envision
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Infiniti QX50
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Lexus NX
  • Lincoln Corsair
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
  • Porsche Macan
  • Volvo XC60

The compact luxury segment is the largest crossover segment. And it has some real standouts. The cost of vehicles in this segment ranges from $33,000 for the Envision to nearly $55,000 for the Macan.

The Macan Turbo is one of the fastest SUVs on the market. And the XT5 is one of the most American-made SUVs.

Range Rover Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

  • BMW X5
  • BMW X6
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Has an available third-row of seats for up to seven passengers.
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar
  • Lincoln Nautilus
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
  • Porsche Cayenne

The lowest-cost model in the midsize luxury crossover class is the Land Rover Discovery, which starts at $41,900. The Defender, which starts at $49,050, was named the 2021 Motor Trend SUV of the Year. The Cayenne has the highest starting price in the class of $68,850 although it does deliver fantastic performance.

In addition to the Cayenne Turbo, the BMW X5 M and X6 M both cost over $100,000 and are among the fastest SUVs.

The Maserati Levante, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls Royce Cullinan are also in this vehicle size. But we placed them in the distinct high-performance luxury SUV class, which is reserved for models that have trims that start at over $100,000.


Three-Row Luxury SUVs

  • Acura MDX
  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X7
  • Buick Enclave
  • Genesis GV80
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Lexus GX
  • Lincoln Aviator
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  • Volvo XC90

The Enclave starts at about $42,000, whereas the GLS-Class starts at $99,900. If you want the ultimate in space and luxury check out the $142,295 BMW Alpina XB7.

Luxury SUV Wagons

  • Audi A4 Allroad
  • Audi A6 Allroad
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
  • Volvo V90

This dwindling class of luxury vehicles ranges in price from $45,645 for the A4 Allroad, to $55,995 for the XC70, to $66,945 for the A6 Allroad, to $68,650 for the E-Class Wagon.
Infiniti QX80

Full-Size Luxury SUVs

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Lexus LX
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Toyota Landcruiser

The Escalade received major changes for 2021 with an improved cabin quality and updated styling. It’s also one of the lowest-cost models in the class with a starting price of about $77,490 compared to the Navigator which starts at $77,480. The Lexus LX starts at $88,450 compared to the Land Cruiser, which starts at $87,030. The QX80 has the lowest starting price in the class of $70,445.

The Mercedes Benz G-Class also fits in this category. However, due to its $130,000+ starting price, we cover this high-performance luxury off-road SUV in our most expensive SUVs article.

Final Thoughts

SUV models getting increasingly more expensive and a wider range of features, the line of what is a ‘luxury’ model is becoming less clear. Models like the GMC Yukon XL Denali approach near $80,000 in price. The models share many of the features seen in the Cadillac Escalade, but the Yukon Denali is not thought of as a luxury model due to its GMC name badge.

An increasing number of SUV models are referred to as ‘premium’ and models like the Ford Explorer can exceed $50,000 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 electric SUVs emerge into the marketplace.