Sweden's compact SUV beats its luxury competitors in a hard-fought 2019 sales race.

CarAdvice, By Mike Costello

© Image Credit by CarAdvice | Volvo XC40 tops its class in 2019

Long a luxury brand bridesmaid, Volvo outgunned all of its direct competitors in the Small SUV sales race with the XC40 last year.
The Swedish-Chinese company recorded 2858 sales of its chunky little high-riding city crossover, equating to 17.4 percent market share. It was also a volume growth of 80 percent over 2018, though it only launched halfway through that year.
By contrast, the BMW X1 managed 2847 sales, down 8 percent. In its final year before replacement by a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLA managed 2562 sales, down 34.4 percent. Audi’s Q2 (2155, up 15.5 percent) and Lexus’s UX (1931, new to the market in 2019) were other main competitors.
Smaller-volume offerings included the BMW X2 (1303, up 12 percent), Jaguar E-Pace ( 1029, up 5.8 percent), Mini Countryman (895, down 12.6 percent), and axed Infiniti Q30/QX30 (201, down 40 percent).
The formerly top-selling Audi Q3 (755, down 70 percent) was caught between generations, with a brand new one now widely available in the market.

Overall, the premium end of the small SUV market accounted for 16,437 sales in 2019, down 0.1 percent. As you can read here, the overall new-vehicle market was down nearly 8 percent and dropped to levels not seen since 2008.
It was a boom year overall for Volvo, too, thanks to the XC40’s sales haul. The company grew its sales by 16.2 percent, to 7779 units. The XC60 grew 20.5 percent to 3406 units, and the XC90 by 1.9 percent to 1192. This volume meant it outsold Skoda, Jeep, and Peugeot.
A full year of the new S60 and V60 passenger sedan and wagon should see the brand maintain its momentum in 2020. Volvo will also launch a plug-in hybrid XC40 this year, and a fully electric one in 2021.
This article was originally published by CarAdvice.
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