European sales 2016 Q1-Q3 small crossover segment


At +23% in the first nine months of 2016, the small crossover segment is still one of the fastest growing mainstream segments in Europe. Compared to the same period of last year, the segment has added almost 190.000 units of volume, pushing it past the one million sales mark after just three quarters of the year, a figure which it only hit in December of last year. Small crossovers outsold their larger counterpart midsized crossovers in the second quarter, but have fallen back behind again in Q3 as a result of surging sales in that segment thanks to a number of new launches there. The Renault Captur continues to improve but also to lose its dominant market share as the number of players in this segment grows. Its closest two challengers, the Peugeot 2008 and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka have both been facelifted this year and had a neck-and-neck race in Q3, which means the former holds on to 2nd place of the segment year-to-date.

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Small_crossover-segment-European-sales-Fiat_500XThe Dacia Duster also keeps adding volume, but at a slower pace than the segment, while the Fiat 500X is the highest placed model to outgrow the segment at +65%, a sharp contrast to its abysmal performance in the US subcompact crossover segment. The small Fiat is likely to sell over 100.000 copies in Europe this year, plus an additional 75.000 for its platform sibling Jeep Renegade, enough to place the duo in 2nd spot when combined. One of the groundbreakers of the segment, the Nissan Juke, is the best selling of the just 3 out of 17 remaining models to lose volume, followed by the Citroën C4 Cactus. The Cactus was outsold by the Renegade and the Suzuki Vitara in Q3 and looks set to be leapfrogged by the American Italian by the end of the year to drop into 8th place. The Ford EcoSport holds on to 10th place ahead of a number of Asian competitors, of which the Mazda CX-3 forms the only real threat to enter the top-10.

  Small SUV segment 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 Change
1 Renault Captur 162.339 147.832 10%
2 Peugeot 2008 134.101 116.844 15%
3 Opel/Vauxhall Mokka 127.590 126.605 1%
4 Dacia Duster 104.694 94.556 11%
5 Fiat 500X 81.711 49.642 65%
6 Nissan Juke 76.361 79.673 -4%
7 Citroën C4 Cactus 58.370 61.690 -5%
8 Jeep Renegade 58.313 39.764 47%
9 Suzuki Vitara 56.435 26.546 113%
10 Ford Ecosport 44.683 27.447 63%
11 Mazda CX-3 40.358 12.544 222%
12 Honda HR-V 26.614 2.801 850%
13 Kia Soul 10.667 11.105 -4%
14 Suzuki Jimny 9.658 9.250 4%
15 SsangYong Tivoli 8.157 2.444 234%
16 Lada Niva 1.465 1.199 22%
17 SsangYong XLV 712 0 New
18 Suzuki SX4 267 2.999 -91%
19 Chevrolet Trax 42 205 -80%
20 DR CityCross 29 60 -52%
21 Fiat Sedici 3 239 -99%
  Segment total 1.002.566 813.206 23%

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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. I really like this segment. Most of these cars are fresh and exciting or at least different than the average compact car. Just look at the new Ford Fiesta which is almost the same as the outgoing model. Yawn!

    After almost four years, Renault stays very strong even without a facelift. I think the Toyota C-HR can do some damage too. Great design and available as Hybrid.

  2. Losange, the C-HR with its 4.36m long is more a C-SUV ( Qashqai competitor , 4.37m), than a B-SUV (Captur, 4.12m)
    Let’s see how long the French manufacturers can keep this segment, until the arrival of newcomers from Hyundai / Kia and the VW Group.
    Audi Q2 will be a first test, but its premium positioning won’t let it go above 500X or Duster in my opinion.

    • You’re right, the C-HR is smaller. Still I think potential B-SUV buyers will consider this car as well. Just like the Suzuki cars, Vitara and S-Cross, the differences aren’t that big.

  3. The performance of the 500X, Renegade and Vitara are really impressive!

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