The word luxury is synonymous with high price tags, but it seems that there is a way to get the luxurious driving experience without breaking the bank.
Luxury SUVs offer roomy cabins, beautiful interiors, refined handling and all the modern conveniences that prove you are willing to invest in the best. Car manufacturers have a not so well kept secret though, they often have options in their range that offer a range of luxurious touches at more affordable prices. Below is a list of the top ten most affordable luxury SUVs compiled by the NY Daily News starting in descending order from the most expensive model to the least expensive one.
Lincoln MKX (Base models start at $39,960)
The beautifully designed Lincoln MKX offers a unique element, a tranquil cabin that shields passengers from road noise. The base model comes with a range of modern must haves from xenon headlights to dual-zone automatic climate control (driver and the passenger can create their own microclimates). For the music lover, it has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Additional options include navigation, rear cross-traffic alert and even a heated steering wheel.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace (Base models start at $38,600)
This stylish new subcompact crossover from Jaguar boasts both sharp elegant styling and sharp performance. Features such as low-speed forward collision mitigation and lane-keeping assist come standard. If you have a few extra dollars to spend you can add a number off additions such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport (Base model starts at $37,795)
This beauty is fully adaptable, going from city streets to off-road environments with ease. Standard features include all-wheel drive, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and partial leather upholstery. You can add to the already luxurious ride by going for the full leather upholstery, xenon headlights, satellite radio or even a third-row seat.
2018 Lexus NX (Base model starts at $38,335)
This roomy ride comes in either gas-only or hybrid powertrains versions, both with an array of drive-assistive technology. Base models come with adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and keyless ignition and entry.
Additions such as leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats are optional.
2018 Acura RDX (Base model starts at $36,000 )
Good fuel economy and increased cargo capacity are right on top of the list when it comes RDX attractions. The rest of the list is comprised of features such as automatic LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and heated front seats. Additional options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
2018 BMW X1 (Base model starts at $33,900)
The sporty design of the BMW X1 makes its practicality a pleasant surprise. With generous cargo space and a spacious second row this is a sensible choice. Split-folding rear seats and power-adjustable front seats come standard while you can enhance your purchase with LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated fronts seats or a Wi-Fi hotspot.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class (Base model starts at $33,400)
This compact luxury crossover features all-wheel drive with strong fuel economy. It also has relatively high ground clearance, making it a good choice for rough weather terrains. Base features include Bluetooth connectivity and HD radio and you can upgrade to include leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, and heated front seats.
2018 Lincoln MKC (Base model starts at $34,280)
Lincoln offers value for money with the MKC and its extensive list of standard features. The base model comes equipped with heated front seat and automatic climate control. For the tech-savvy there is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can upgrade the model to includes panoramic sunroof and a blind-spot warning system.
2018 Audi Q3 (Base model starts at $32,900)
Much like it’s more expensive counterparts, the Audi Q3 offers a serene cabin and provides a comfortable ride while offering a generous assortment of features. Features such as automatic xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio and leather upholstery come standard in base models. Additions offered include, navigation and an impressive 14-speaker Bose sound system.
2018 Infiniti QX30 (Base model starts at $29,950)
This subcompact crossover SUV might be priced lower than others in its league but it does not back down when it comes to handling, acceleration and overall driving dynamics. It also boasts with a long list of standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, key-less entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. Additional options such as adaptive LED headlights, a surround-view camera, and a blind-spot monitoring system are available.
Prices for all affordable luxury SUVs that are showcased in this article were based on the information available on the manufacturers websites in mid-April 2018.