If you’re on the market for a new luxury SUV this year, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of options available. As the high-end SUV market continues to grow, premium car manufacturers are upping their game with new models to satisfy every lifestyle. From the classy urban SUV to the rugged outdoor all-wheel drive and the stylish crossover, there are over 60 different luxury models available from more than 20 manufacturers.
But not all premium SUVs are created equal and finding the one that’s right for you isn’t a smooth ride. Because the market is rapidly evolving, some brands offer significantly more value than others. The luxury brands that started building SUVs early tend to also be more reliable and offer better resale value. Crucially, the tech inside the car can significantly vary from one brand to another. While some manufacturers are very advanced with their infotainment system, others are clearly a generation or two behind.
If you want to find the best luxury SUV of 2019 to fit your particular needs and lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place. We created this in-depth guide to help you narrow down your list of favourite cars and find the models that are worth taking for a test drive.
Our editorial team started by listing every single high-end SUV available on the market today. Literally! You can see the entire list of luxury SUV models below. We then compared and ranked each car to identify the top 15 luxury SUVs of the year.
1. Mercedes-Benz GLE
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE updated for 2020 is the best all-around luxury SUV of 2019. Its build quality is exceptional. It comes with the most advanced onboard technology (the MBUX infotainment system). And its overall look and design are superb. All that for a retail price that’s a great value.
It’s in the large SUV category and can fit a third row of seats if you want to, yet it’s not too big to be uncomfortable to drive in the city. Step into the new GLE cabin, and you’ll instantly be transported to a world of luxury and delight.
Price starts from $56,200
2. BMW X5
The BMW X5 is arguably the car that launched the high-end SUV trend when it first appeared on the road over 20 years ago. Now in its fourth generation, the X5 continues to build on a brilliant heritage to deliver exceptional driving experience and a refined look.
Price starts from $60,700.
3. Porsche Macan
The Macan has become the best selling model for Porsche in recent years, and it’s no surprise. In its second generation, the Macan brings the driving performance that you would expect from a Porsche but in the comfort and luxury of an SUV. While it’s one of the most expensive midsize luxury SUVs on the market, with prices rapidly climbing as you add up options, the Macan brings unmatched driving sensations to the SUV segment.
Price starts from $47,800.
4. Audi Q8
The Audi Q8 is the top of the range in Audi’s luxury SUVs collection. It’s using the same platform than the ludicrous Lamborghini Urus but delivers a much more reasonable package, for a better price as well. It doesn’t mean that the Q8 is bland, however. Inside, you’ll find one of the most avant-garde infotainments of the industry. It comes with three large displays to control everything in the car in glorious high-definition.
Price starts from $67,400.
5. Volvo XC60
Sweedish car manufacturer Volvo has been upping its game over the past few years, delivering more and more luxurious models at very attractive price points. The XC60 is no exception. This midsize luxury SUV checks all the boxes with a more subdued design than some of its German counterparts.
Price starts from $52,900.
6. Porsche Cayenne
While the BMW X5 might be credited with starting the luxury SUV trend, the Porsche Cayenne is the car that truly set the path for most of the other cars on our list to follow. Once Porsche decided to build its first SUV with the Cayenne 2002, it became an overnight success. The rest is history.
Now in its third generation, the Porsche Cayenne continues to delight and win over the large luxury SUV segment. Its most recent hybrid engine is a particular pleasure to drive, delivering extra performance by combining electrical boost.
Price starts from $65,700.
7. Land Rover Range Rover Velar
The Range Rover Velar won multiple design prizes for its elegant while robust look. Land Rover successfully injected elements of its heritage in the design while taking a bold direction towards the future.
The Range Rover Velar is modern on the inside with three large high-resolution screens to control most functions. The large luxury SUV doesn’t disappoint.
Price starts from $49,950.
8. Mercedes-Benz GLC
The smaller brother of the large GLE, the Mercedes-Benz GLC shares most of its advantages in a midsize luxury SUV package. The GLC was recently updated for 2020 with a slight exterior refresh and the integration of a large MBUX screen on the inside.
If it’s comfort and value that you’re looking for, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is a serious contender.
Price starts from $40,700.
9. Jaguar F-Pace
If you want more a sporty attitude than the Mercedes-Benz GLC but at a lower price point than the Porsche Macan, the Jaguar F-Pace is a great midsize luxury SUV to experience. The British manufacturer offers now a full range of high-end SUVs, from small size to large size and fully electric. The F-Pace is the best value to enjoy the brand.
Price starts from $44,800.
10. BMW X1
The BMW X1 is one of the least expensive luxury SUV on our list and offers the best value as an entry to the premium crossover range. The X1 is just slightly smaller than the X3 but offers the same driving pleasure and ample backseat space for a small SUV.
Price starts from $34,950.
11. Mercedes-Benz GLS
The freshly updated Mercedes-Benz GLS is the flagship luxury SUV from the German manufacturer. The current model is the third generation of the extra-large seven-seater car with the most advanced technology available from Mercedes. If you want to transport your family in ultimate comfort, the GLS is the best premium SUV on the market today.
Price starts from $70,150.
12. Audi e-tron
The first full-electrical luxury SUV from Audi is an absolute winner. It brings the excitement of a full-electric engine in a premium and familiar SUV body. The Audi e-tron provides excellent levels of comfort and space while taking advantage of its electric engine to deliver fast all-wheel drive.
Price starts from $74,800.
13. Bentley Bentayga
The ultra-luxurious large SUV Bentley Bentayga is one of the poshest ways to travel in style. And with the recently released Bentley Bentayga Sport, this is now officially the fastest luxury SUV on the road today. If budget isn’t a constraint, the Bentayga deserves to be on your list for a test drive.
Price starts from $165,000.
14. Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X deserves a spot on the top 15 best luxury SUV thanks to its role in pushing the envelope for new and greener technology. The accent is on the novelty and innovation more than the luxury and comfort than other brands in our list can deliver. With its full-electric engine, however, you’ll experience breathtaking performance levels with the Tesla Model X.
Price starts from $83,000.
15. Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The last spot on our list goes to the ultra-luxurious Rolls-Royce Cullinan. It is also the most expensive SUV currently on sale with retail prices easily surpassing $500,000 once it’s fully customised to your liking. This large, full-sized luxury SUV, is the first all-wheel car produced by Rolls-Royce. The level of luxury and comfort are equivalent if you’re driving or being driven, surrounded by only the highest quality materials.
Price starts from $325,000.