European sales 2016 Q1-Q3 midsized crossover segment


Sales of midsized crossovers in Europe have grown at more than double the speed of the overall market in the first three quarters of 2016: +18% vs. +7,5% as new brands and models keep entering this highly competitive class. After being outsold by the small crossover segment in Q2, the midsized models rebound in Q3 and also pass the 1 million sales mark in the first nine months, a figure it took all twelve months as recently as 2014. In a sign of consolidation, all top-8 models gain volume, of which only two with less than 2 digits, while the following 9 modles all lose volume, #9 to #12 with single digits and #13 to #17 with double digits. The Nissan Qashqai is stable, which means it loses share of the segment, from 19,4% last year to 16,6% this year, but 2016 will be the 9th consecutive year the Qashqai leads the segment. However, next year may offer a change of guard, as the Volkswagen Tiguan was only 4.200 units behind in Q3 and even outsold the Nissan in August.

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2017-Ford_KugaThe Tiguan takes the year-to-date second spot, passing the South-Korean duo Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage which were both on the podium after the first half of the year. The Tucson holds on to its third place, but the Sportage drops two spots, even though it’s only 410 sales off the podium. The Renault Kadjar is unable to fight for the segment podium, stuck in fifth place year-to-date and outsold by the Ford Kuga by a large margin of 5.300 sales in Q3. These six are the only ones to sell over 100.000 units this year, with the Toyota RAV4 in 7th place at less than half of the #4. The Nissan X-Trail passes the Skoda Yeti to take 8th place. The Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V are surprisingly stable considering their new generations are due soon, but the Mitsubishi Outlander disappoints. Its sibling ASX is down 18% while the Suzuki S-Cross suffers from cannibalization from the smaller Vitara.

A number of newcomers are climbing the charts: The Seat Ateca was in 15th place in Q3 and the Kia Niro right behind at #16, while the MG GS has entered the segment top-30 and will move up at least one more spot by year end. And the pace of new models entering the segment will keep up in the coming months, with the Peugeot 3008, Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X and Skoda Kodiaq, as well as new generations of the Jeep CompassRenault Koleos and the CX-5.

Also check out the heavily competitive compact SUV segment in the US where the European numbers 2, 3 and 4 are only in 15th, 16th and 17th place reversibly.

  Midsized SUV segment 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 Change
1 Nissan Qashqai 180.358 179.804 0%
2 Volkswagen Tiguan 122.574 112.732 9%
3 Hyundai Tucson 110.946 11.066 903%
4 Kia Sportage 110.536 81.926 35%
5 Renault Kadjar 98.997 20.826 375%
6 Ford Kuga 95.611 75.554 27%
7 Toyota RAV4 53.537 43.458 23%
8 Nissan X-Trail 47.597 31.345 52%
9 Skoda Yeti 46.825 50.845 -8%
10 Mazda CX-5 42.862 43.344 -1%
11 Honda CR-V 34.745 35.903 -3%
12 Mitsubishi Outlander 30.847 31.085 -1%
13 Mitsubishi ASX 28.975 35.281 -18%
14 Suzuki S-Cross 16.353 23.047 -29%
15 Hyundai ix35 10.654 78.199 -86%
16 Subaru Forester 9.439 11.036 -14%
17 Jeep Cherokee 7.930 9.863 -20%
18 Subaru XV 7.745 7.256 7%
19 Citroën C4 Aircross 7.324 8.640 -15%
20 Seat Ateca 6.890 0 New
21 Kia Niro 3.692 0 New
22 SsangYong Korando 3.159 4.827 -35%
23 Fiat Freemont 3.023 10.613 -72%
24 Jeep Wrangler 2.970 4.641 -36%
25 Opel/Vauxhall Antara 1.694 5.931 -71%
26 Peugeot 4008 1.665 1.885 -12%
27 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.220 2.435 -50%
28 Jeep Compass 375 540 -31%
29 MG GS 365 0 New
30 Renault Koleos 180 4.425 -96%
31 DR5 151 132 14%
32 Chevrolet Captiva 10 49 -80%
  Segment total 1.089.249 926.688 18%

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Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.

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  1. Despite the Tiguan I being an old horse, it still sold relatively well in NW EU (& China). Which means the Tiguan II, even though its a new and better car, will have a tough task to achieve a similar sales score. Besides, there’s a lot more competition, such as siblings Ateca & Kodiaq, the Koreans Tuk-Son and Sport-Age and most certainly the brandnew mid-size SUV sales monster 3008 II.

  2. The crown the Nissan QQ holds shines even more brighty if you add the QQ XL score to it:
    QQ 180.000 + XT 47.000 = 227k till Q3.

    This duo is top 10 WorldWide. Amazing feat.

  3. Drove a white Kadjar last week. Didn’t expect it to be such a pleasant companion. Now I understand the glorious, very favorable long-term test in AutoExpress. Curious to learn the Tucson and in particular the 3008 II too.

  4. The arrival of the 3008/5008 will probably shake this segment a bit. Nissan really needs to replace the Qashqai or sales will start to drop like a rock.

  5. I’m a little bit confused. How X-Trail and Qashqai are in the same category and why CR-V is in compact SUV segment in USA and in Mid-size SUV segment in Europe?

    • Bart Demandt says:

      Hi Todor,
      the X-Trail and Qashqai are built on the same platform, the former is just an extended version of the latter, just like the Qashqai+2 was of the previous generation. The segments in Europe and the USA are different because the market is different there. Europeans call models like the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe large SUVs because we don’t have anything larger than this. In the US, there’s another class above them: Chevrolet Tahoe etc., so the Edge is called a midsized SUV, which makes the CR-V a compact.

  6. You missed Dacia Duster, selling over 100k/year.

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