Top 10 Best Luxury Compact Sedans in 2024

Top 10 Best Luxury Compact Sedans in 2024

23 February 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Cadillac CT5 V 2024

While current market trends are leading buyers towards SUVs and trucks for mainstream vehicles, the situation is slightly different in the luxury vehicle segment. Here, compact sedans are more popular than ever. It must be said that they have everything to please, starting with their great elegance, advanced technologies, and generally breathtaking performance. What's most impressive is that the majority of these luxury compact sedans are barely more expensive than a compact mainstream SUV in certain configurations.


Compact sedans have grown significantly in the luxury vehicle niche, and perhaps that's what makes them so popular today. Beyond reputation and prestige, they are, first and foremost, very comfortable cars and are generally enjoyable to drive. It's the ideal type of car for someone who spends many hours on the road. If you want to arrive at a meeting relaxed and refreshed, nothing beats a luxury sedan.


There are plenty of options in this niche, and I must admit it wasn't easy to make choices for this Top 10. In my opinion, each of these cars offers advantages and disadvantages. Some offer better performance, while others focus more on luxury and technology. For me, I evaluate this kind of car based on the overall experience they offer. Yes, it's purely an emotional affair. At the same time, it's the kind of car you buy primarily for your enjoyment.


10 — 2024 Infiniti Q50


We start this Top 10 with a car that deserves more attention from buyers. After all, the Infiniti Q50 is somewhat the true descendant of the legendary Nissan Skyline. It's a comfortable and luxurious car, but the real pleasure of the Q50 lies in its spirited driving. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that it's a fairly aggressive car, and that's what gives it character.


9 — 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia


At Alfa Romeo, everything is about passion, and that's exactly what you feel when driving the Giulia. It's not the best-built car on the market, and its reliability is quite questionable. However, it's a car you can't drive without having a big smile on your face. This is even more true when opting for the Quadrifoglio version. However, I wish you good luck finding a new one.


8 — 2024 Lexus IS


Lexus is a brand that doesn't need to prove itself. In addition to luxury, performance, and technological experience, the brand benefits from Toyota's reliability and reputation. The IS sedan is a safe bet. It's simply a car you can't regret buying. In addition, it retains excellent long-term resale value.


7 — 2024 Genesis G70


Genesis continues to impress me year after year. The brand has achieved in a few years what others have taken decades to accomplish. The G70 is a legitimate luxury car, and I would even say it has lessons to teach others.


6 — 2024 Acura TLX


The Acura TLX is one of my favorite luxury cars. In fact, the only reason it's not lower in this ranking is because it doesn't offer a wide enough variety of models. However, it turns out to be one of the most reliable cars on this list, which carries a lot of weight, especially if you intend to keep it for several years.


5 — 2024 Volvo S60


Just a few years ago, Volvo was one of the brands offering the most boring cars on the market. However, the situation is quite different today. The S60 is a luxurious and very fun car to drive. Its plug-in hybrid version is very impressive. It's not uncommon to exceed 70 kilometers of electric range during the summer.


4 — 2024 Audi A4/Audi A5


Audi offers some of the most elegant and distinguished luxury cars on the market. The A4 and A5 are excellent choices in their category. They feature a very modern and sophisticated design. You'll have a hard time finding cars more comfortable and enjoyable to drive in this category.


3 — 2024 BMW 4 Series


BMW is a brand chosen out of passion. Its cars are always enjoyable to drive, and the 3 Series and 4 Series are no exception. BMW offers a unique and distinguished style. The quality of finishing in its interiors is impressive.


2 — 2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the most imposing cars in its category. It offers a very modern and luxurious interior. In fact, its presentation is among the best in the market, which is why it ranks second in this Top 10.


1 — 2024 Cadillac CT5


Cadillac has done an excellent job with its CT5. It can compete head-to-head with its German and Japanese rivals. The most interesting versions of the American sedan are those accompanied by the letter V. Cadillac has succeeded in establishing its brand in terms of performance, and the CT5 V Blackwing is clearly the benchmark in its segment mechanically. It's powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. It's also possible to combine it all with a 6-speed manual transmission. Clearly, someone still has the right values at heart at Cadillac.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Genesis, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo, Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Cadillac CT5, Genesis G70, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Nissan Skyline, Volvo S60

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier