US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Compact SUV segment

US Premium SUV Compact

The Premium Compact SUV segment grew by 40% compared to the period Q1-Q3 in 2014, thanks mainly to the two models that entered the market roughly a year ago: Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.


  • Mercedes-Benz GLA remains the segment leader, widening the gap to the 2nd-placed Mini Countryman. It is clear that consumers like the (barely) jacked-up hatchback model, which bodes well for the even less rugged Infiniti QX30
  • The other new entrant and distant leader of the Premium Compact SUV segment in Europe, Audi Q3, hasn’t faired nearly as well as the Mercedes-Benz in the market, though part of this may be because it’s been around in Europe since 2011
  • BMW X1 continues to lose sales in anticipation of the arrival of the new model, which promises to do much better than the current, slightly awkward-looking model

2015 Q1Q3 Compact Premium SUV

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Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he'd moved to the US. In college he promised himself he's buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman...
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