The BMW X1 has topped the ranking of the most popular premium compact SUVs in the US car market, followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. In the first half of 2018 the Premium Compact SUV segment grew by almost 24% to 70,770 units, thanks to a considerable raise of 42,5% in the second quarter of the year.
Newcomers – the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40 – spurred the sales. With arrival of the next-generation Audi Q3, Lexus UX, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque still this year, the segment has good chances for further growth.
The BMW X1 (pictured above) strengthened its leadership, selling much more units than any other model.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 with their double-digits raise could oursell the new Mini Countryman, though the sales of the latter rose most of all in the segment (+48%).
The Infiniti QX30 and the Range Rover Evoque both lost more than 30% in the second quarter, and were outsold by new-to-market models. Their half-year decline is the most remarkable: -49% and -35% respectively.
The BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 were the best of new models. The BMW overtook the XC40 and even the Countryman in Q2’18.
The new Jaguar E-Pace, on the contrary, after a good start sold less than either of its new rivals in the second quarter.
The list of best-selling models of the US Premium Compact SUV segment in the 1st half of 2018 is as follows:
- BMW X1 – 16,251 sales, +9%;
- Mercedes-Benz GLA – 12,162 sales, +17%;
- Audi Q3 – 10,636 sales, +17%;
- Mini Countryman – 9,459 sales, +48%;
- BMW X2 – 5,969 sales, new;
- Volvo XC40 – 5,098 sales, new;
- Infiniti QX30 – 4,814 sales, -49%;
- Range Rover Evoque – 4,262 sales, -35%;
- Jaguar E-Pace – 1,426 sales, new.