A novel, compact and highly selective microstrip bandpass filter with bandwidth reconfigurability for ultra-wideband (UWB) applications is presented. The proposed design uses stepped impedance resonator (SIR) for realization of bandpass filter (BPF) and employs a single varactor diode (BB135-NXP) for the purpose of reconfiguring bandwidth. Additionally, to improve the selectivity between passband edges, a cross-coupling between I/O feed lines is introduced which generated pairs of attenuation poles at each side of the passband. Measurements on a fabricated reconfigurable filter confirm the accuracy of the design procedure. Measured responses show good agreement with simulation. The proposed filter is able to achieve significant size reduction (8.5 mm × 7.1 mm excluding the feeding ports) as compared to the conventional bandpass filters with reconfigurable bandwidth.