Sales of compact crossovers in Europe are up 7% to just under 1.8 million deliveries in 2021 which beats the overall market at -2%. As a result, compact crossovers now make up 15.3% of the total European car market, up from 14.1% in 2020. That means compact crossovers have surpassed compact cars for third place among segments, behind small crossovers and the former largest class of subcompact cars.

There’s a surprising new leader of the class, as the new generation Hyundai Tucson shows a 59% surge in deliveries to jump from 6th place in 2020 to the top of the charts in 2021. Last year’s leader Volkswagen Tiguan is knocked down to third place due to a 10% decline, as for the first time since 2011 it’s outsold by the Peugeot 3008 as well. Long-time class leader and last year’s runner up Nissan Qashqai is the biggest loser in the top-12 with a 17% drop in sales into 5th place, just ahead of the Toyota C-HR, up 5%. The class leader’s sibling Kia Sportage is up 24% but from a very low base in 2020 as this is still its second slowest year since 2012, and just before a major redesign of the nameplate. The Skoca Karoq and Seat Ateca both lose 10%, distancing the Stellantis twins Citroën C5 Aircross and Opel/Vauxhall Grandland, both of which lose over 22% of their sales and fall behind the Jeep Compass, up 16%.

In its first full year of sales, the Cupra Formentor lands at #16 and the Renault Arkana at #18, the two newcomers split by the Mazda CX-30 which shows stable sales on its first full year of sales. The Arkana outsells its sibling Renault Kadjar which is due for a replacement by the all-new Austral in 2022. The MG HS lands at #25 in its first full year of sales, just ahead of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross which is stable  despite some mixed messages about its future in Europe during the year. It’s also under pressure from the electric Mazda MX-30 in its first full year of sales. Newcomer Lynk & Co 01 outsells the Subaru XV and is the most successful Chinese launch in this class so far, way ahead of the Xpeng G3 at #35 and the Seres 3 at #37, as well as the Chinese-Italian DR models.

The share of luxury models in this segment is almost stable at 27.6%, slightly below 2020’s share of 28%. The Volvo XC40 consolidates the overall #4 spot it also took for 2020 with sales up 12% to a new annual sales record thanks to the PHEV and EV versions. The Audi Q3 is up 3%, also to a new annual sales record and distances the BMW X1 which is down 2%. The Mercedes-Benz GLA adds more than a third to its sales of last year, when it was in a model changeover. The addition of the EQA electric version has helped the GLA to a new annual sales record as well. Sales are down 16% for the Range Rover Evoque, while the BMW X2 is down 12% and the DS7 Crossback is up 2%. The Lexus UX is up 19% to also new annual sales record. The Jaguar E-Pace loses 24% sales and is the biggest loser among luxury models. We welcome the Volvo C40 at #34 with its first 1,152 deliveries.

Compact SUV segment 2021 2020 Change 2021 share 2020 share 2021-Q4 2020-Q4 Change
1 Hyundai Tucson 143.836 90.594 59% 8,0% 5,4% 33.980 23.107 47%
2 Peugeot 3008 139.628 125.440 11% 7,8% 7,5% 28.590 34.268 -17%
3 Volkswagen Tiguan 132.601 147.764 -10% 7,4% 8,8% 17.051 34.783 -51%
4 Volvo XC40 123.847 110.254 12% 6,9% 6,6% 29.805 37.890 -21%
5 Nissan Qashqai 113.276 135.829 -17% 6,3% 8,1% 27.291 35.685 -24%
6 Toyota C-HR 106.251 101.252 5% 5,9% 6,0% 21.593 23.811 -9%
7 Audi Q3 92.445 89.789 3% 5,1% 5,3% 17.679 23.651 -25%
8 BMW X1 86.749 88.486 -2% 4,8% 5,3% 20.521 27.771 -26%
9 Kia Sportage 85.509 69.016 24% 4,8% 4,1% 15.388 13.741 12%
10 Mercedes-Benz GLA 75.124 55.911 34% 4,2% 3,3% 21.545 22.009 -2%
11 Skoda Karoq 73.958 82.121 -10% 4,1% 4,9% 13.397 22.295 -40%
12 Seat Ateca 63.139 70.408 -10% 3,5% 4,2% 10.610 17.818 -40%
13 Jeep Compass 54.738 47.312 16% 3,0% 2,8% 11.383 15.777 -28%
14 Citroën C5 Aircross 54.346 69.750 -22% 3,0% 4,1% 9.339 20.637 -55%
15 Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X 51.450 71.680 -28% 2,9% 4,3% 4.832 19.452 -75%
16 Cupra Formentor 50.768 4.184 1113% 2,8% 0,2% 12.863 3.961 225%
17 Mazda CX-30 49.153 48.801 1% 2,7% 2,9% 11.663 12.308 -5%
18 Kia Xceed 44.522 45.023 -1% 2,5% 2,7% 11.877 11.354 5%
19 Renault Arkana 40.847 0 New 2,3% 0,0% 17.524 0 New
20 Renault Kadjar 33.318 63.685 -48% 1,9% 3,8% 6.251 14.461 -57%
21 Range Rover Evoque 31.217 37.231 -16% 1,7% 2,2% 5.243 9.053 -42%
22 BMW X2 28.699 32.745 -12% 1,6% 1,9% 6.354 9.378 -32%
23 DS7 Crossback 24.529 24.087 2% 2,1% 2,5% 6.346 7.396 -14%
24 Lexus UX 20.320 17.077 19% 1,1% 1,0% 4.820 4.704 2%
25 MG HS 16.460 2.893 469% 0,9% 0,2% 5.656 1.060 434%
26 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 13.716 13.772 0% 0,8% 0,8% 3.600 2.720 32%
27 Mazda MX-30 12.249 9.477 29% 0,7% 0,6% 3.595 7.700 -53%
28 Jaguar E-Pace 11.225 14.847 -24% 0,6% 0,9% 2.019 3.109 -35%
29 Lynk & Co 01 7.916 0 New 0,4% 0,0% 5.281 0 New
30 Subaru XV 7.139 7.341 -3% 0,4% 0,4% 1.901 1.853 3%
31 SsangYong Korando 4.673 4.737 -1% 0,3% 0,3% 1.097 1.105 -1%
32 DR EVO 5 1.316 0 New 0,1% 0,0% 507 0 New
33 DR F35 1.266 0 New 0,1% 0,0% 361 0 New
34 Volvo C40 1.152 0 New 0,1% 0,0% 1.152 0 New
35 Xpeng G3 438 86 409% 0,0% 0,0% 143 86 66%
36 Cadillac XT4 420 87 383% 0,0% 0,0% 101 80 26%
37 Seres 3 131 0 New 0,0% 0,0% 37 0 New
38 DR6 122 568 -79% 0,0% 0,0% 1 80 -99%
39 Ford Bronco Sport 47 0 New 0,0% 0,0% 47 0 New
Segment total 1.798.540 1.682.273 7% 391.395 463.023 -15%

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.

  1. Hi Bart, the DS7 Crossback is mentioned in the text, but seems to be missing from the table.

    Thanks for these very insightful overviews, as always!

    1. Same goes for the MG HS that does belong to this segment unlike the DS 7 CB which competes with the Lexus NX and Audi Q5.

      CSB needs a booster shot! It used to be a great website with a couple of USPs and plenty of people commenting. Now it seems as if Bart has to do everything.

  2. Youre still not including the Kuga in this list . It is the same size as all these cars and is not from the class above .

    1. I’ve set the cutoff between compact and midsized crossovers at 4.575mm. The DS7 Crossback is at the top of the compact crossover range with a length of 4.573mm. The Kuga falls clearly in the midsized class with a length of 4.614mm, longer than the Mazda CX-5, VW ID.4, Subaru Forester, and Rover Discovery Sport and Toyota RAV4.

      1. but its not in that class and that skews its performance . the Kuga is in the same class as the VW Tiguan , Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage . the Range Rover Sport is even based on the same floorpan of the old Kuga . Also If thats so ,why are you putting the Rav 4 in with it in the class above ? you say yourself its longer .
        Cpould it be ypou just want the Kuga to look more succeful than it is ?

      2. Hi Steve, I’m objectively analysing segments and have no interest in “trying to make one model look more successful than it is”.

      3. Hi Steve! Can you please explain what the Range Rover Sport (4,737 mm to 4,851.4 mm) has to do with the old Ford Kuga (4,443 mm) floorplan???

      4. Steve, I think you mean the JLR D8 platform that is used for the Landrover Discovery Sport 1st generation (until 2019). So please do not mix things up!

  3. Also youre mixing niches up . youve got crossovers in the SUV section and vice versa in the Crossover section . For example youve got the Evoque in the crossover section , Theyre SUVs , all LandRovers are SUVs . As far as Im concerned a car derived from a normal Hatch is a Crossover . A car developed to be a 4 X 4 and that is not car derived is an SUV .
    The Tucson and Sportage are SUVs etc .
    Another thing maybe you should just have Small , medium and Large categories . compact is confusing .

    1. The crossover and SUV segments are just harder to segmentize than the sedan segments, because some models fall inbetween segments in terms of size. Look at the VW T-Roc and Toyota C-HR. Every quarter I receive comments about the segmentization and when I make changes, someone else comes up with a reason why this or that car should belong back in the class I previously had it. Apparently some people can get quite emotional about their favorite models or brands, so therefore I’ve decided to make an objective cutoff between the segments: length.

      And the distinction between crossovers and SUVs is a whole different ballgame altogether, so I’m not even making it and I’m not going to entertain this discussion. Ok maybe I am, because you’ve made me curious about what makes you think the Tucson and Sportage are SUVs?

      1. yes I know you said about length but then put the rav4 which is shorter in the same class as the kuga . the kuga is a tucson / sportage /tiguan rival everyone knows that . its also american and in america its a compact SUV . you cant use size as a cutoff . you can though use the niches that they are set in and the Kuga is not in the category you have put it in . thats why im saying you should get rid of compact section because it confuses the issue . its easy to do , for example , supermini derived ones go in small , medium hatch (which the KUGA is as its derived from the Focus ) is medium and large car derived goes in the large . crossovers would be cars like the kia xceed which clearly has no place being compared with Tucsons and Sportages . the Troc is based on the Golf but its a crossover so would go in the crossover section wheras the Tiguan is based on the golf but goes in the medium SUV section .the Hcr is also a crossover and derived from the Corolla therefore goes in the crossover section . it doesnt help that the manufacturers dont even know what segment their cars go in lol. i think though maybe doing it like that would be less complicated . anything ill defined goes in crossover and eveything else goes in small medium or large . I would say that an SUV is available as 4 wheel drive and a proper 4 wheel drive system . both tucson and sportage are quite capable off road . then though should there be a 4×4 class ?? even more confusing lol.

      2. At least we can agree it’s confusing to try to segmentize crossovers!

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