European sales 2016 Q1 midsized crossover segment

Midsized_SUV-segment-European-sales-2016_Q1-Nissan_Qashqai-Kia_Sportage-Volkswagen_TiguanSales of midsized crossovers and SUVs in Europe grew by twice the speed of the overall market in Q1 of 2016, at +17%. And that growth is very likely to continue, as new players keep entering the segment. Due in the next 18 months are the Tiguan-based Seat Ateca and the slightly larger Skoda version of those cars, Peugeot will enter the segment with crossover-like replacements of the 3008 and 5008, Renault has just revealed the Koleos in China which will start sales here next year and MG may bring the GS to the UK. So far, no model has been able to come even close to the Nissan Qashqai, the undisputed segment leader since 2008. Sales of the Qashqai are stable at +2% despite new generations of its closest rivals and also despite its partner Renault successfully launching a Qq derivative with the Kadjar. And don’t forget the 7-seater Qashqai+2 has been replaced by the X-Trail as well. In fact, the share of Renault-Nissan in this segment has grown from 23,8% last year to 31,7%. Last year’s #2 Volkswagen Tiguan loses just 1% of its volume right before the new generation is launched. As result, the model is outsold by the new generation Kia Sportage and under heavy attack from the all-new Hyundai Tucson. The two South-Korean brands grow their share of the segment from 17,9% to 21,4%. The Tiguan was outsold by the Tuscon in January and February and both were outsold by the Kadjar in March, indicating it will be an interesting fight for the podium this year. That’s unlikely to include the Ford Kuga, which loses a position despite adding almost a quarter to its volume of last year.

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Toyota_RAV4-2016-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Nissan X-Trail is the fastest growing model in the segment at +73% and jumps from 12th to 7th place and best Japanese model behind its little sibling Qashqai. The Toyota RAV4 is close behind with stable sales so far but a facelift and the addition of a hybrid option should help it improve this year. The Mazda CX-5 keeps selling strong at +3% and moving past the Skoda Yeti. The Honda CR-V loses 3% of its volume and drops out of the top-10, while Mitsubishi also loses share with sales of the ASX stable and those of the facelifted Outlander even down 7%. The Suzuki S-Cross is cannibalized by the Vitara and loses almost half of its volume, but also worrying is the 29% drop of the Jeep Cherokee, a model that’s still relatively fresh, but its polarizing design doesn’t seem to vibe with European buyers as much as it does in the US and in China.


Also check out the compact SUV segment in the US where the Toyota  RAV4 and Ford Escape have ended a 17-year long winning streak of the Honda  CR-V.

Midsized SUV segment 2016 Q1 2015 Q1 Change
1 Nissan Qashqai 66.352 65.205 2%
2 Kia Sportage 38.343 28.714 34%
3 Volkswagen Tiguan 36.811 37.298 -1%
4 Hyundai Tucson 36.106 0 New
5 Renault Kadjar 33.655 0 New
6 Ford Kuga 30.697 25.054 23%
7 Nissan X-Trail 17.535 10.157 73%
8 Toyota RAV4 17.472 17.519 0%
9 Mazda CX-5 15.816 15.422 3%
10 Skoda Yeti 15.153 16.352 -7%
11 Honda CR-V 13.743 14.175 -3%
12 Mitsubishi ASX 11.441 11.492 0%
13 Mitsubishi Outlander 10.513 11.332 -7%
14 Suzuki S-Cross 5.062 9.910 -49%
15 Hyundai ix35 5.005 28.039 -82%
16 Subaru Forester 3.159 3.846 -18%
17 Jeep Cherokee 2.810 3.978 -29%
18 Citroën C4 Aircross 2.712 2.747 -1%
19 Subaru XV 2.677 2.565 4%
20 Fiat Freemont 1.642 3.664 -55%
21 SsangYong Korando 1.075 1.762 -39%
22 Opel/Vauxhall Antara 1.039 1.790 -42%
23 Jeep Wrangler 977 1.256 -22%
24 Peugeot 4008 576 656 -12%
25 Suzuki Grand Vitara 473 1.023 -54%
26 Renault Koleos 108 2.908 -96%
27 Jeep Compass 88 245 -64%
28 DR5 50 62 -19%
29 Chevrolet Captiva 3 23 -87%
Segment total 371.093 317.194 17%


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  1. Impressive work for Renault and Mr Laurence van der Acker.All models are in powerfull offensive.After just few months after the presentation Kadjar is so close to the top.

    • Especially if you take into acount last month of Kadjar – over 15k + The model is starting to do very good in GB + There are new engines to come (over 130HP).

      I think Kadjar will reach no 2 by the end of Year

  2. Pedro says:

    You are lumping two different classes of SUVs in this segment.
    C-segment SUVs like the top 5 models.
    The Nissan X-Trail and Jeep Cherokee for example are D-segment SUVs.

  3. NaBUru38 says:

    The Opel Antara was launched ten years ago, will they ever replace it?

  4. Sorrynottellingu says:

    For me the Kia Sportage is the one that shines the most. Especially the GTline model. In my opinion the others don’t compare. Even the Quasquai looks dated.

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