20 Top-Selling Compact Luxury Cars and Where We Think They Should Rank
2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Sales rank: 1, our rank: 3)
The Mercedes C-Class is the perennial all-star on this group, taking the posh gross sales crown 4 years working. BMW was lastly inside placing distance for 2020. The Benz comes with a collection of engines, and, sure, the AMG C63 is a blast to drive quick. But general the C does not strike pleasure within the coronary heart of fans, although the inside appears unbelievable with an S-Class makeover.
2020 BMW 3-Series (Sales rank: 2, our rank: 2)
2020 Audi A4/S4 (Sales rank: 3, our rank: 5)
2020 Infiniti Q50 (Sales rank: 4, our rank: 11)
The Q50 appears good, sounds good and goes quick in Red Sport kind. Like the Q60 coupe, its chassis is an effective stability of consolation and efficiency. The Q50 was nipping at Audi’s heels this yr, too, which speaks to how a lot better this automotive is. But the steering really feel is suspect, dropping the automotive into the decrease half of the record.
2020 Audi A5/S5 (Sales rank: 5, our rank: 12)
The A5/S5 twins have been beautiful when the automotive first debuted, and its coupe standing helps it stay related, at the least in our eyes. The new generations have taken the automotive right into a extra angular form, which appears good, however the earlier mannequin’s rounded edges made it actually stand out. It does provide one among, if not THE, greatest seven-speed DCTs within the enterprise, however we would actually love a rear-drive handbook model.
2020 Volvo S60 (Sales rank: 6, our rank: 6)
Volvo’s new design course is unbelievable, and the inside is Mercedes-level high quality. The large infotainment system catches some flack, however after just a few days within the cockpit, it will get higher. Powertrain choices vary from good to nice (340-400 hp).
2020 BMW 4-Series (Sales rank: 7, our rank: 7)
As with the 3-Series, BMW nonetheless bests a lot of the competitors in steering and chassis, and even the four-cylinder within the base mannequin is fairly good. Again, bonus factors for being a coupe, although area is down from the sedan. Great proportions, although.
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class (Sales rank: 8, our rank: 9)
The finally-sold-in-the-U.S. Mercedes A-Class appeared prefer it was going to be a stinker, nevertheless it rapidly eclipsed the CLA in each appears and inside accouterments. It’s the most cost effective Mercedes, beginning at $32,800.
2020 Lexus IS (Sales rank: 9, our rank: 17)
The Lexus IS was final redesigned in 2013, and it is gone exhibiting its age. The IS F is clearly highly effective and enjoyable and sounds nice, however the chassis motion feels outdated and the V6 automotive appears slower than its 306 hp would recommend.
2020 Acura ILX (Sales rank: 10, our rank: 18)
The Acura ILX bought a redesign in 2016, and fortunately it appears a lot better now. It’s low cost, at $25,900, and it isn’t gradual with 201 hp. But it feels outmatched in opposition to the remainder of these luxurious beasts. Your solely transmission alternative is an eight-speed dual-clutch.
2020 Kia Stinger (Sales rank: 11, our rank: 10)
The 365-hp Kia Stinger V6 doesn’t provide a handbook, however the four-cylinder model nonetheless does. This automotive has a terrific front-end remedy with the corporate’s Tiger Nose grille, and the wheel selections are completely matched. Like the ILX, it is cheaper than many automobiles on this record, beginning at about $33Okay.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (Sales rank: 12, our rank: 15)
The CLA was the most cost effective Mercedes just a few years in the past. That title has now been usurped by the slick-looking A-Class. I have never pushed the brand new one, however the outdated one felt prefer it did not belong within the Mercedes secure so far as the inside goes. The new one is actually higher, and the AMG model is enjoyable.
2020 Genesis G70 (Sales rank: 13, our rank: 4)
We love the Genesis G70, all the way in which round—from powertrain to sheet metallic to the cabin, it is all good. It begins at $35,450 for the bottom 252-hp, 2.0-liter model, and a correct rear-drive manual-transmission mannequin is offered for the fanatic.
The Audi A3 is a enjoyable automotive. It solely comes with the VW Group’s killer turbocharged 2.0-liter, however it’s getting lengthy within the tooth. A brand new one arrives in 2020.
2020 BMW 2-Series (Sales rank: 15, our rank: 1)
The 2-Series coupe is the most effective BMW, palms down. And it nonetheless comes with a handbook. And it is rear-wheel drive. Don’t confuse this 2-Series with the brand new 2-Series sedan, which is a front-drive-based AWD sedan solely loosely associated to this automotive.
2020 Infiniti Q60 (Sales rank: 16, our rank: 8)
The Q60 was redesigned in 2017, and since then I’ve been saying it is one among, if not THE, best-looking automobiles on the street. The powertrain choices are good at 300 or 400 hp. Like the Q50, the chassis compliance is nice. The solely letdown is the steering really feel.
2020 Lexus RC (Sales rank: 17, our rank: 14)
Another looker, the Lexus RC suffers from slightly weight penalty, and just like the A3 it wants a redesign. The RC F model sounds unbelievable and is quick, however as a monitor day automotive, it does not arise.
To me, Jaguar was all the time the contrarian’s alternative. It appears each
bit nearly as good because the BMW 3-Series and the class-leading Mercedes-Benz C-Class. There are nonetheless complaints concerning the electronics/infotainment, however the 296-hp model is actually tempting.
The no-longer-of-this-world Cadillac ATS completed up its run in 2020, and that is too unhealthy. It had each good engine selections and a unbelievable chassis, which now underpins the Chevy Camaro. C’est la vie.
2020 Cadillac CT5 (Sales rank: 20, our rank: 16)
Like the ATS, the CT5 did not get an entire yr of gross sales in 2020, so its numbers have been predictably underwhelming. The base automotive comes with a 237-hp 4, whereas the present upgraded mannequin delivers 335 hp from a turbocharged V6. A extra highly effective V mannequin is coming quickly.