2. Audi Q5
Many professional car reviewers agree that the Audi Q5 is the best luxury compact SUV on the market today. The base engine is strong enough to handle freeway merging and climbing steep hills with ease, while the Quattro all-wheel drive system provides wondrous handling capabilities. New for 2014 is a TDI clean diesel engine that produces plenty of torque and achieves wonderful fuel economy. The agile nature of the Q5 makes it a blast to drive, while the loads of standard safety equipment makes it a popular choice for smaller families. As is the case with other Audi models, the compact SUV has a modern and luxurious interior that makes traveling so much more enjoyable. Audi uses nice materials throughout, without even a hint of a cheap piece of plastic anywhere you can see or touch. The seats are also quite comfortable, with an excellent balance of support and cushioning.