Our obsession with SUVs isn't shared by everyone.
2017 is almost over, which means that we can begin to draw conclusions about the best selling cars of the year. There are still a few days left for the rankings to change, but we have a pretty clear picture of the best selling cars of the year. In the US, we already know that the entire country has gone mad for SUVs, with the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue both ending the year on top of the sales charts, outselling sedans like the Civic, Camry, Corolla and Accord. In Europe, the sales picture was very different, showing a big divide in buying patterns compared to the US.
The list of the top 10 best selling cars in Europe goes as follows: The Volkswagen Golf was the top seller with 445,206 units in 2017. The Renault Clio was a distant second with 298,990 units sold. The following seven cars include the Volkswagen Polo (255,370 units), Ford Fiesta (237,770 units), Nissan Qashqai (230,860 units), Peugeot 208 (225,198 units), Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (221,397 units), Volkswagen Tiguan (218,238 units), Skoda Octavia (213,329 units) and Opel/Vauxhall Astra (204,742 units). Interestingly, only two SUV models cracked Europe's top 10, and the highest position that an SUV could reach was the number five spot.
This shows that Europe has been less effected by the SUV spell than America has been. Even the best selling luxury model in the US is a crossover, the Lexus RX. Europeans still love their small cars and hatchbacks, because they really can't drive around in large trucks like we do in the US. The Nissan Qashqai ended up being so popular in Europe, that it is now sold in the US as the Rogue Sport. Thanks a lot Europe. You finally gave us something that we never had in the US, but it was just another crossover.