European sales 2016 Q1 Premium Midsized and Compact SUV segments

Midsized_Premium_SUV-segment-European-sales-2016_Q1-Range_Rover_Evoque-Volvo_XC60-Mercedes_Benz_GLCMidsized premium SUVs in Europe are booming with an increase of 25% in the first quarter of 2016, as Mercedes-Benz finally decided to bring a competitive product to the segment and a handful of older models are surprisingly stable. That hasn’t kept the Range Rover Evoque from reclaiming the lead of the segment ahead of the Volvo XC60. The Evoque has just been facelifted and benefits with a 15% increase of sales. It likely won’t hold on to that lead until the year, as sales of the model are heavily skewed towards March as a result of its popularity in the UK market. It’s surprising to see the XC60, basically an 8-year old model (facelifted in 2014), that still manages to outsell a hot and fresh new rival. I think the Mercedes-Benz GLC will lead the segment by the end of December, and that would be a first for the brand in this segment, as the GLK has never been able to keep up with its rivals.

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Land_Rover_Discovery_Sport-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Audi Q5 is also from 2008 and like the XC60 manages to keep its sales impressively stable. A new generation is on its way, but hasn’t been officially revealed yet. In the meantime, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is closing in. The replacement of the Freelander and the only model available with 7-seats in this segment took some time to show its full potential, but now it has proven to be a top-5 (and potentially top-4) player. As a result, the Disco Sport outsells the BMW X3, which is stable at +8% even though it will be replaced next year.

The BMW X4 and Porsche Macan stay pretty close to each other, but perhaps the new four-cylinder version will push the Macan ahead by the end of the year. The Lexus NX improves another 15% but stays dead last ahead of a few discontinued models. Oh wait, the Infiniti QX50 isn’t discontinued, it’s just never really caught on….

2016 Q1 premium midsized SUV sales Europe

Also check out the premium midsized SUV segment in the US, where the Cadillac SRX leads the Acura RDX.

Midsized premium SUV segment 2016 Q1
2015 Q1
1 Range Rover Evoque 18.523 16.135 15%
2 Volvo XC60 18.004 18.173 -1%
3 Mercedes-Benz GLC 17.249 0 New
4 Audi Q5 15.438 15.854 -3%
5 Land Rover Discovery Sport 14.429 5.803 149%
6 BMW X3 11.704 10.828 8%
7 BMW X4 5.868 6.108 -4%
8 Porsche Macan 5.550 5.733 -3%
9 Lexus NX 4.455 3.879 15%
10 Mercedes-Benz GLK 230 6.562 -96%
11 Infiniti QX50 33 44 -25%
12 Land Rover Freelander 16 271 -94%
Segment total 111.499 89.390 25%


Premium Compact Crossover segment

Compact_Premium_Crossover-segment-European-sales-2016_Q1-Audi_Q3-BMW_X1-Mercedes_Benz_GLAOne size smaller, the premium compact crossover segment is even hotter at +30%, thanks to a smoking hot newcomer and two improving mainstays. The Audi Q3 manages to fend off the surging new generation BMW X1 thanks to its facelift, which boosted the smallest Audi crossover (until the arrival of the Q2) 26%. The X1 recovers from fourth and last place to the #2 spot with more than double the volume of last year. That leaves the still relatively fresh Mercedes-Benz GLA in a distant third place, despite sales up 14%. The Mini Countryman and Paceman are starting to show their age, and are the only losing player in the segment at -17%, but a replacement is on its way. For the Countryman that is, the Paceman will simply be killed off for lack of popularity.

2016 Q1 premium compact crossover sales Europe

Also check out the premium compact SUV segment in the US, where the top-3 is exactly upside-down from Europe.

Compact premium SUV segment 2016 Q1 2015 Q1 Change
1 Audi Q3 24.506 19.526 26%
2 BMW X1 22.165 10.400 113%
3 Mercedes-Benz GLA 16.102 14.082 14%
4 Mini Countryman / Paceman 9.935 11.930 -17%
Segment total 72.708 55.938 30%