World Best Selling SUV. The top 100 in the 2018

World Best Selling SUV

Sport Utility Segment grew up 69% in last 5 years and Toyota, Nissan & Honda are the best brands in the segment. However, Nissan-Renault are the best-selling manufacturers. In the 2018, the best-selling model was the Toyota RAV4 for the second year in a row.

Global SUV Sales

In the 2018, global “SUV” sales have been 32.1 million, up 6.0% from the previous year.

The segment is the fastest growing in all regions and in the period 2014-2018 scored an outstanding growth of 69%.

The largest segment within the Sport Utility Vehicles is the “C” with 17.7 million units (+3.2% in the 2018) followed by the “D” with 11.6 million (+7.1% in the 2018) while the fastest growing is the “E” with sales increased 117% in the last 5 years, move than any other.

'+/- 2018 vs
'+/- 2018 vs
Segment B1.279.8671.611.1212.023.5566,30%25,6%102,3%
Segment c15.818.85517.207.44117.755.33655,26%3,2%67,0%
Segment D9.451.02810.835.72411.607.73536,13%7,1%65,7%
Segment E351.983435.634527.7911,64%21,2%117,2%
Segment F187.990206.754214.9960,67%4,0%58,7%

Global SUV Sales by Brand

Toyota is the global leader within the SUV segment having sold 2.37 million vehicles in the 2018 (+6%) ahead of Nissan with 2.24 million (+0.6%) and Honda, which has surprisingly lost volume with 1.83 million (-2%) during the run out of CR-V.

Rank 2018Rank 2017ModelSales 2018Sales 2017'+/- 2018
11Toyota 2,372,686 2,237,748 6.0%
22Nissan 2,236,438 2,223,501 0.6%
33Honda 1,829,996 1,867,338 -2.0%
46Hyundai 1,583,054 1,335,719 18.5%
55Jeep 1,568,989 1,408,460 11.4%
64Ford 1,567,194 1,657,811 -5.5%
78Volkswagen 1,261,618 950,965 32.7%
87Chevrolet 1,042,633 956,510 9.0%
910Kia 917,907 789,072 16.3%
1012BMW 789,689 705,924 11.9%

Global SUV Sales by Manufacturer

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi group is the global leader among manufacturers of SUVs with 2018 sales at 4.12 million (+4.9%) ahead of Toyota group with 2.85 million (+6.8%) and the fast-growing Volkswagen Group with 2.536 million (+24.6%).

Rank 2018Rank 2017ModelSales 2018Sales 2017'+/- 2018
11Renault Nissan Alliance 4,117,289 3,924,598 4.9%
22Toyota Group 2,851,062 2,668,466 6.8%
35Volkswagen Group 2,597,443 2,084,145 24.6%
43General Motors 2,503,496 2,478,094 1.0%
54Hyundai-Kia 2,500,961 2,124,791 17.7%
67F.C.A. 1,993,277 1,826,939 9.1%
76Honda Motor 1,968,781 2,004,053 -1.8%
88Ford Group 1,682,624 1,771,956 -5.0%
910Geely Group 1,218,047 913,165 33.4%
109P.S.A. 1,118,098 940,953 18.8%

Best Selling Models

Finally we report on the Top 100 models sales (out of the 607 models tracked in our Global Auto Database).

As first we wish to highlight as we do not assembly sales of vehicles sold under different nameplates and in this ranking we are not adding sales of Renault Duster to those under Dacia Duster, despite we know they are the same model under different umbrella. The reason behind this choice is we have chosen to look at this ranking as consumers do.

Said this, we announce that the winner of the 2018 race for the best-selling model was on top for the second year in a row by the Toyota RAV4  with 837.285 sales (+3.5%).

This has been the first Sport Utility Vehicles sold worldwide, launched in Japan and Europe in the 1994 and actually at the 5th generation, launched during the year all over the World (in US just in December).

The second best-selling SUV is the Volkswagen Tiguan with 790.578 units (+8.5%), up one place from the previous year. The Tiguan is produced since the 2007 but is a global car just since the introduction of the second generation in the 2016.

In third place the 2016 leader, the Honda CR-V, with 744.251 units, down 1.8%. Produced since the 1995, this model has been stable in the last three years despite of the introduction – in the 2017 – of the 4th generation.

In fourth place the Hyundai Tucson with 552.476 units (-12%) the largest annual lost among the Top 30 SUVs, followed by the Nissan Qashqai with 519.412 (+3.7%) and leader in the compact SUVs segment.

In sixth place the Kia Sportage with 493.201 (+14.8%) followed by the recently face-lifted, the Mazda CX-5 with 458.630 (+11.9%) and by the first Chinese model, the Haval 6 with 455.914 (-10.3%).

In ninth place the Nissan Rogue with 455.453 units (+1.4%) and in tenth place the Chevrolet Equinox just joining the top 10, with 439.515 sales (+17%).

In the table below we show the Top 100 ranking with sales figures limited to the Top 10. Wishing all figures, just contact us.

Rank 2018Rank 2017ModelSales 2018Sales 2017'+/- 2018
11Toyota RAV4 837,285 808,844 3.5%
23Volkswagen Tiguan 790,578 728,670 8.5%
32Honda CR-V 744,251 758,002 -1.8%
44Hyundai Tucson 552,477 627,743 -12.0%
56Nissan Qashqai 519,412 501,038 3.7%
68Kia Sportage 493,201 429,573 14.8%
710Mazda CX-5 458,630 410,023 11.9%
85Haval H6 455,914 508,378 -10.3%
97Nissan Rogue 455,453 449,130 1.4%
1011Chevrolet Equinox 439,515 375,813 17.0%
119Nissan X-Trail
1232Jeep Compass
1314Toyota Highlander
1413Baojun 510
1518Mercedes GLC
1624Toyota C-HR
1712Ford Escape
1835Ford Ecosport
1917Ford Explorer
2016Honda HR-V
2122Hyundai Santa fe
2223Jeep Cherokee
2339Jeep Wrangler
2429Audi Q5
2519Jeep Grand Cherokee
2626BMW X1
2731Renault Captur
2830Subaru Forester
2941Mitsubishi Outlander
3038Hyundai Creta
3125Jeep Renegade
3221Geely Boyue
3333Kia Sorento
3415GAC Trumpchi GS4
3545Peugeot 3008
3627Buick Envision
3720Ford Edge
3837Roewe RX5
3928Ford Kuga
4034Nissan Versa
4142Peugeot 2008
4240Subaru Outback
4351Dacia Duster
4444Honda Vezel
4550Lexus RX
4665BMW X3
4747Mercedes GLA
4852Volvo XC60
49180Hyundai Kona
50343volkswagen T-Roc
5146Audi Q3
5248Toyota Fortuner
5366Honda Pilot
5461Lexus NX
5553BMW X5
5655Honda XR-V
57106Changan CS55
5874Toyota Land Cruiser
5982Nissan Kicks
6077Subaru Crosstrek
6160Mazda CX-3
6259Geely Emgrand GS
6375Chevrolet Traverse
6469Maruti Vitara
6567Cadillac XT5
6672Toyota 4Runner
67156Hyundai ix35
6856Changan CS35
6949Toyota Prado
7036Changan CS75
7187Skoda Kodiaq
7262Mercedes GLE
7357Renault Kadjar
7489GMC Terrain
7568Renault Duster
7663Chevrolet Trax
77116MG ZS
7878Nissan Murano
7970Buick Encore
8079Chevrolet Tahoe
8171Suzuki Vitara
82194Geely Vision X3
83563Baojun 530
8476Geely Vision SUV
8584Fiat 500x
8654Dongfeng Fengguang 580
87316Skoda Karoq
8843Haval H2
89189Citroen C3 Aircross
9083Dodge Journey
9185Mitsubishi ASX
9281GMC Acadia
93114Peugeot 5008
94167Opel Crossland X
9592Audi Q7
96104Chery Tiggo 3/3x
97283Mitsubishi Xpander
9880Land Rover Discovery Sport
9973Nissan Juke
100338Lynk & Co 01

Data Source

This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to the last month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).


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