The midsized crossover segment in Europe is up 8% in 2019 to 872,500 sales, or 5.6% of the total European car market (up from 5.2% in 2018). Like the midsized car segment, this is the smallest class where luxury brands outsell their mainstream rivals, at 58.9% share of the midsized crossover class, down from 64.3% in 2018 due to some impressive gains from the top mainstream models. In 2018 the two best selling midsized crossovers were luxury models, but the Mercedes-Benz GLC is now down to third place overall and the Volvo XC60 is down to fifth place overall. The Toyota RAV4 grabs the top spot with sales up 33% to almost 92,000 thanks to the new generation and popularity of the hybrid version. However, this is not even the RAV4’s best year in Europe, it was above 100k in 2004 and 2006. The Skoda Kodiaq, without any apparent reason, is up 38% to a new annual sales record for the nameplate at over 88,500 sales, jumping above 10% share. The best selling mainstream model of 2018 Peugeot 5008 is down 3% and into 6th place overall, while the Mitsubishi Outlander also sets a new annual sales record, with a record take rate of 81.2% for the PHEV version.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (estimated at 15% of total Tiguan sales) sets a new annual sales record and stays ahead of its clone Seat Tarraco, which sells almost 30,000 units in its first year. The Honda CR-V is up 15%, also helped by the hybrid version, while the Nissan X-Trail is down by almost half, although it slightly recovered in Q4 thanks to an updated gasoline engine. An all-new X-Trail is expected in 2020. The Renault Koleos is down 35% as it also struggles with the lack of an efficient gasoline engine, while the Subaru Forester is stable at just 1.2% share. Hyundai sold 362 units of its Nexo Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, of which 70% in Germany and The Netherlands, the model’s most popular markets in Europe.
In the luxury part of the segment, which as mentioned above is larger than the mainstream midsized crossover segment, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is no longer the best seller overall due to a 13% decline but still tops the luxury part, just ahead of the BMW X3, up 28% thanks to the new generation. This is also a new annual sales record for all generations of the X3 in Europe, and the upcoming iX3 EV may boost the model’s sales further. This also knocks down the Volvo XC60 to third place despite a 1% improvement for the Swede which has a 20.1% take rate for the PHEV version. The Audi Q5 is down 10% and drops below 70,000 units after three years just above that level. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is down 17% but stays just ahead of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, down 11% for the year but up 24.5% in Q4. The BMW X4 is not far behind either with sales up 47% thanks to the new generation, which is a new sales record for all generations of the X4 and just ahead of its main rivals Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and Porsche Macan. The Range Rover Velar is down 15% but stays ahead of its sibling Jaguar F-Pace, down 20%. The Lexus NX is also down 15%. The Jaguar I-Pace EV sells over 12.200 units in its first full year of sales, while its rival Mercedes-Benz EQC has a disappointed start of its career with just 1.400 sales, but the brand may have been withholding sales until 2020 to maximize benefits from EV credits.
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