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Dacia Duster Becomes Europe’s Best-Selling Small Crossover

According to the sales results for the 1st three quarters of 2019, the Dacia Duster came out on top in its class. The Renault Captur dropped to the second place.

The affordable Dacia became the first in the European segment of small SUVs. The model, that is sold under the Renault brand in some countries, was purchased by more than 166,000 customers in Q1-Q3 2019, CarSalesBase.com reports.

The Duster is not just the first in Europe. The demand for the crossover compared to last year rose by 18%. At the same time, sales of the Renault Captur, which shifted to the second place, on the contrary, decrease by 3%.

There is no particular surprise in the growing popularity of the Dacia Duster. After the change of generations, this trend has been quite predictable. The second-generation vehicle has not received either a new more expensive platform or a 7-seat modification, as expected.

However, the list of available configurations is significantly expanded, interior materials become more upscale. But, most importantly, the affordable price (£10,995 / €11,490*) remains almost at the level of the previous-gen model.

We can add that the TOP 5 most popular small crossovers in Europe for the mentioned period of 2019 also included the Renault Captur, the Volkswagen T-Roc (sales grew by 48%), as well as the Peugeot 2008 and the Ford Ecosport.

Pretty soon the situation in this class may change. On the one hand, dealers are waiting for the new-generation Peugeot 2008. On the other hand, sales of the Ford Puma sports mini SUV have started in Europe.

The latter may well become more popular than the Ecosport (£18,650 / €18,390), although it is rather expensive for this class – from £20,845 / €23,150*.

Interestingly, along with the premiere of the new Peugeot 2008, its all-electric version – the Peugeot e-2008 – enters the market. There are no direct competitors in the mass segment for the new product yet.

*Prices in the UK and Germany

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