The midsized crossover segment in Europe is down 25% in the first nine months of 2020 which narrowly beats the overall market. As a result, midsized crossovers now make up 6.5% of the total European car market, up from 6.3% in the same period of 2019.
Like the midsized car segment, this is the smallest class where luxury brands outsell their mainstream rivals, at 52.1% share of the midsized crossover class, up from 49.7% in the first three quarters of 2019 but down from 58.9% in all of 2019 and 64.3% in 2018. Best selling mainstream model in the first nine months is the Toyota RAV4, which easily beats the segment with an 11% decline in deliveries. However, in Q3 the overall best seller of the class was the Ford Kuga, which shaved about 8,500 units of the Toyota’s lead. If it maintains this momentum through the end of the year, the Kuga will be Europe’s best selling mainstream midsized crossover in 2020. However, issues with the PHEV version may disrupt its rise and keep it behind the RAV4. The Skoda Kodiaq stays in third place, also beating the segment, while the Mitsubishi Outlander loses share as it is no longer the only midsized crossover available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace stays ahead of its clone Seat Tarraco, and the Nissan X-Trail gains share despite the imminent arrival of a new generation. The Honda CR-V has been closing in, but still trails the X-Trail YTD. We welcome the Suzuki Across to the ranking, a clone of the RAV4, but only available with a PHEV powertrain.
The luxury part of the segment is as mentioned above larger than the mainstream midsized crossover segment, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC holds on to the overall segment lead, although it was outsold by the Kuga in Q3. Its lead seems large enough to be able to defend its position through the end of the year. At -5% the GLC it even improves its share to 12.6% of the segment thanks to its facelift. The Volvo XC60 falls behind in Q3 but stays ahead of the BMW X3, both of which gain share. The Audi Q5 is losing share and so do all remaining luxury players in the class, except for the newcomer Mercedes-Benz EQC, which has moved ahead of its all-electric rival Jaguar I-Pace. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio leapfrogs the Porsche Macan, while the Lexus NX distances the Jaguar F-Pace. Biggest loser among luxury models is the Range Rover Velar with 45% fewer deliveries so far in 2020.
|Midsized SUV segment||2020 Q1-Q3||2019 Q1-Q3||Change||2020 share||2020-Q3|
|10||Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (est.)||20.219||20.869||-3%||3,6%||7.547|
|12||Land Rover Discovery Sport||15.472||22.178||-30%||2,7%||5.337|
|16||Alfa Romeo Stelvio||11.737||19.990||-41%||2,1%||5.380|
|18||Range Rover Velar||10.228||18.506||-45%||1,8%||3.961|
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.