Best Luxury SUV Options in 2019
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The car business is undergoing a new shift, as more buyers are now opting for crossovers, trucks and SUVs — so it’s no wonder luxury manufacturers, like mass-market brands, are focusing on SUVs over sedans.
Rolls Royce has rolled out its first all-terrain SUV, the Cullinan, named after the world’s largest diamond. Sports car maker Ferrari has a hybrid SUV in the works for 2021, and Aston Martin’s new SUV, arriving in two years, with level-4 autonomous driving capability (level 5 is full automation, in which the vehicle’s management of road conditions is equivalent with a human’s).
Here, we focused on 2019 luxury SUVs with a base model MSRP below $85,000 — no Rolls-Royces here, but we do start the mark at $50,000, which excludes entry-level models these brands may carry. We also weighed ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, Edmunds consumers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as available.
Best luxury SUV Options in 2019
16 combined, 15 city/18 highway MPG
3.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (2 reviews)
There are lower-priced SUVs in the Lexus lineup, but GX and LX offer the size and utility many families are seeking in an SUV — for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the GX. It offers a more luxurious interior and off-road capability (four-wheel drive is standard), with a body-on-frame chassis unique to this category. Critics note its intuitively-designed interior controls and a high seating position that offers the ideal vantage point for drivers. The sound system is impressive, but a lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto could be a dealbreaker for some drivers. There’s a tow-rating for this vehicle, but the wiring and tow hitch combo are accessories that cost extra.
- MSRP $52,600
18 combined, 16 city/21 highway MPG
3.9 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by Edmunds consumers
With decent all-weather and off-road capabilities, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery stands out in this category. It may be ideal for those living in areas of the country with harsh winters. Available third-row seating and ample cargo space also make this a solid choice for families. Seven-passenger seating adds about $2,200 to the price, but it’s standard on the highest trim level, the Land Rover Discovery HSE. However, critics note that the Discovery’s cabin is comfortable, but less luxurious than others in this category. One other feature worth noting is that prospective buyers can choose between the standard V6 engine and a diesel engine, which would mean improved performance and mileage.
- MSRP $53,550
21 combined, 19 city/25 highway MPG
4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (1 review)
5 stars NHTSA
Integrated navigation is a new standard feature included with the 2019 Audi Q7, and for drivers who occasionally venture off the smooth pavement, the exceptional ride quality gets a boost from 5-link front/rear suspension, four-wheel steering and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Audi Virtual Cockpit lets drivers customize a 12.3-inch color display that replaces the traditional speedometer area. Options include a Google Earth navigation screen, satellite radio stations, or a digital representation of analog gauges. Even the lowest trim is rich with luxury features, including a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch center display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 10-speaker sound system with Bluetooth streaming and USB/SD inputs. Standard safety features include Audi pre sense city and pre sense, which alerts drivers to traffic and pedestrians. A collision warning system alerts the driver and applies brakes when necessary. Passengers in the third-row will notice a distinct lack of legroom, but unlike others on this list, the third row is standard.
- MSRP $60,700
22 combined, 20 city/26 highway MPG
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.4 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (10 reviews)
BMW uses the term “sports activity vehicle” to describe its lineup of SUVs, all under the X naming convention, though it includes several “sports activity coupes” under that umbrella as well. Most BMW SUVs come with standard all-wheel drive, which BMW calls xDrive, though it also offers rear-wheel drive on certain models. The 2019 BMW X5 has the most aggressive double kidney grille of any BMW SUV to date, distinctive of the BMW signature look. Other standard features include a six-cylinder turbocharged engine, 12.3-inch digital display and optionally voice- or touchscreen-operated iDrive interface.
- MSRP $65,400
16 combined, 14 city/20 highway MPG
Not yet rated by KBB experts; not yet rated by Edmunds consumers
Infiniti’s top-of-the-line SUV offers an ample interior as well as four USB ports, dual 8-inch color monitors for video playback, 8-inch WVGA touch-screen display, voice recognition for audio, vehicle information systems, and navigation, and four years worth of complimentary access to SiriusXM’s real-time traffic information. Standard safety features include the Around View Monitor with moving object detection. Drivers also get Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Predictive Forward Collision Warning, though some of these may only be with a higher trim.
The 2019 Infiniti QX80’s style remains the same as the 2018 model. With a 5.6-liter 8-cylinder engine, moving this 6,000-pound vehicle down the road is no problem, but you’ll have to upgrade to get four-wheel drive. It also lacks advanced climate controls and some critics have noted that the third-row seats offer less room than competitors’ and could be uncomfortable, even for kids.
21 combined, 19 city/23 highway MPG
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 4.8 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (5 reviews)
With the traditionally exceptional Porsche build quality, the Cayenne has an all-new design for 2019 and is still one of the best luxury SUVs you can get for the price. It’s even a few pounds lighter than the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. Electronically-assisted power steering helps this SUV feel smaller, with a quick response going into corners.
The 2019 version is one of the most technology-rich SUVs for sale, today. The Porsche Connect Plus infotainment system allows customization of your display and its 12.3-inch screen is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. It comes with support for Apple CarPlay, but strangely, Porsche didn’t include Android Auto. Porsche Voice Pilot lets drivers simply speak their destination and receive directions without taking their eyes off the road. Online Navigation with real-time traffic, and more than 20 additional apps and services are also easily accessible through the standard system.
76 combined, 80 city/72 highway MPGe
Not yet rated by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by Edmunds consumers (1 review)
If handling and acceleration are a priority, this electric-powered SUV could be an ideal choice. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace offers SUV-like capacity for passengers and cargo, but also handles like a sports car. This vehicle has a 240-mile range on one charge and a combined total of 394 horsepower. If you need to haul a large family, be aware that this vehicle comfortably seats four adults and may not have the size you need.
Mileage not yet available
Not yet rated by KBB experts or by Edmunds consumers
This is Audi’s first purely-electric vehicle with deliveries set to begin in spring 2019. Drivers get all-wheel drive, which Audi calls quattro, and a 160-mile range on one charge. Just 30 minutes of charging provides up to 80% battery power. The 2019 Audi e-tron Quattro has a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds and five suspension modes.
Ways to finance the best luxury SUVs
Before shopping in-person for your ideal luxury SUV, it’s important to explore your financing options by comparing interest rates and fees from several lenders.
For information specific to your financial situation, you can fill out an online form with LendingTree and receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once. Walking into your dealership of choice with a preapproved auto loan in hand will give you extra negotiating power. With a pre-approval letter, you’ll understand the APR you could get in the marketplace and you can ask the dealership’s financing department for a lower rate.
A lower interest rate on your car loan means you’ll pay less money for the vehicle. You can use an auto loan payment calculator to better understand how interest rates may affect your monthly loan payment.
All vehicles on this list have received at least 4 stars from both KBB experts and consumers on Edmunds, when available. They also have a minimum 4-star safety rating from NHTSA or are a top pick by the IIHS if ratings were available for the base trim models of each SUV on this list. The MSRP listed here is for the base trim of each SUV and are accurate as of the date of publishing.