The Best Compact Luxury SUVs to Buy in 2022

Over the last decade, SUVs in Canada have risen in popularity for many drivers.

SUV stands for a sports utility vehicle. They are designed to have a higher seating position and sit higher up compared to cars. The majority have all-wheel drive and additional space for storage and passengers. They are better for fuel economy compared to trucks and many have off-road capability. As the automotive industry has evolved, makers have included SUVs and crossovers – the term is interchangeable, but some crossovers are lower to the ground.

One of the most common reasons why people choose SUVs is that they are taller and heavier than sedans, making passengers and drivers feel safer. Some models have inflatable rear seatbelts, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot detection.

For luxury vehicles, the compact SUV now represents the heart of the market. Just about every luxury brand has one of these right-sized five-seat crossovers or SUVs. Combining an elevated seating position with wagon-like utility, deluxe interiors, and standard or available all-wheel drive, it’s not surprising that compact crossovers have become so popular. For families that don’t need a third row, the compact category is a great place to start.

The best luxury compact SUVs aren’t just the ones that have good safety ratings and lots of cool features. They’re also luxury SUVs that will hold their value the best. The best luxury 2022 SUVs are those that blend comfort, style, and affordability. Affordability isn’t just how much you pay for an SUV initially. It also takes into account what you’ll spend on it down the road. If you want an SUV that is great now and will hold its value as the years go by, consider these luxury SUVs that offer a combination of both.

We researched the top make and models across Canada to simplify your buying process.

Porsche Macan

If you like the idea of the style, luxury, and performance of a Porsche packaged as a practical SUV, then you’ll love the 5-passenger Macan. For 2022, the AWD Macan has received a facelift, and the model range has been shuffled around a bit. With the 261 hp, base 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine, you won’t feel like you’re missing anything until you try the 375-hp Macan S (twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6) or the 434-hp variant of the same engine in the GTS. All Macans use a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a knack for always being in the right gear.

Mercedes-AMG GLC-Class

It may share a platform with the Benz-branded model, but the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC-class is a beast in its own right, with a trio of powerful engine choices. The entry-level GLC43 comes with a 385-hp twin-turbo V-6, but those who want even more power can opt for the GLC63 or GLC63 S, both of which are powered by a twin-turbo V-8 with either 469 or 503 horsepower. To match its blistering acceleration performance, the GLC-class delivers sharp handling, but the compromise is a ride that’s nowhere near as smooth as the regular GLC300 offers. But the cabin is just as refined, and a host of modern infotainment and comfort features will make luxury buyers feel right at home.

BMW X3

Surprisingly, perhaps, BMW’s X3 is among the brand’s best vehicles. It is sporty, comfortable, and sustainable. There are two drivetrain options—a 248-hp turbocharged inline-four (X3 30i) and a 382-hp turbo inline-six (X3 M40i xDrive). The standard 2.0-liter is efficient but not that strong, so we suggest opting for the six-cylinder upgrade and its more spirited performance. All BMW X3s come with nicely trimmed interiors and plenty of space, although the cargo area isn’t as accommodating as its specification number suggests.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Drivers looking for something on the sporty side of compact luxury SUVs should test drive the 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. From its exotic styling to its exciting performance, the 5-passenger AWD Stelvio has the soul of a sports car and the body and interior of an SUV. The base 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder is a class leader in horsepower (280) and torque (306 pound-feet). A Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with 505 hp powers the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Volvo XC60

Volvo’s unique Swedish perspective is evident in every one of the brand’s products, including its top seller, the stylish and thoughtfully designed 2022 XC60 SUV. Clean lines and tasteful embellishments help the XC60 strike a stylish pose in traffic while the cabin serves as an upscale oasis from the perils of the modern commute. Three different powertrains are offered here, including a plug-in-hybrid variant with strong performance. Cargo space isn’t as generous as in rivals such as the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, or Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, but we think most buyers will find it practical enough. Technology is integrated throughout, including a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, and a host of driver-assistance features to help keep the XC60’s shiny side up.

Genesis GV70

The young but dynamic luxury brand from South Korea is finally launching a compact SUV. The new 2022 Genesis GV70 is an interesting alternative to the German competitors that currently lead the segment. The interior is particularly bold and attractive. Engine options are shared with the larger GV80 including turbocharged four- and six-cylinders ranging from 300 to 375 horsepower. An eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive come standard on every GV70.

Audi Q5

The 2022 Audi Q5 is a nice compact luxury SUV. Equipped with standard all-wheel drive and available with a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine or a significantly more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Q5 is decent to drive and appeals to a variety of consumers. It’s a step up from the entry-level Q3 but not as expensive or bulky to drive as the larger three-row Q7. Key rivals include the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Acura RDX

Acura revised and improved the RDX for 2022. In addition to some cosmetic tweaks, the popular compact luxury SUV offers a quieter interior. The AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features has been updated, as well. When it comes to performance, the RDX uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower. A handcrafted PMC Edition in Long Beach Blue, limited to just 15 units in Canada, is another highlight.

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX is all-new this year with a fresh look, new engine options, and an updated infotainment system. It’s still not a sporty SUV, but for those who prefer a luxurious ride coupled with impressive fuel efficiency and all the latest technology, this NX is a standout among luxury SUVs. The Lexus NX is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 12 trim levels. The most popular style is the NX 350 Premium AWD with a 2.4L I4 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This NX is estimated to deliver 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.

Lincoln Corsair

The Lincoln Corsair is a compact luxury SUV with elegant styling and a richly appointed interior. You can choose from two responsive turbocharged gas engines and a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid. The Lincoln Corsair is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels. The most popular style is the Standard AWD with a 2.0L I4 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This Corsair is estimated to deliver 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.

Buick Envision

If you still get sticker shock from SUVs from rival luxury brands, then the 2022 Buick Envision may be just right. Straddling the line between mainstream and luxury, the 5-passenger Envision is an upscale SUV that’s priced in a way that makes it attainable. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, and AWD is optional. The sole engine (a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder with 230 hp) perfectly moves this SUV. The 9-speed automatic transmission is smooth and more satisfying than a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Infiniti QX50

The 2022 Infiniti QX50 has a roomy and well-designed 5-passenger interior, drives smoothly, comes with a lot of standard safety systems, starts at a reasonable price, and wraps it all up with an arguably good-looking exterior. Its front seats are comfortable. And they only become plusher in line with the trim levels when perforated semi-aniline leather comes on board, sporting a quilted effect in the top model. The sole engine is a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder.

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