2016 Audi Q3

A trio of compact German luxury crossovers showed up to a Canadian race in May 2016 and left with essentially the same scores.

Canada Vehicle Sales By Model – April 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model – May 2016 YTD

Only 13 sales separated Canada’s top-selling compact luxury utility vehicle, the Audi Q3, from the lowest-volume vehicle in the trio, BMW’s X1. The Mercedes-Benz GLA finished May only three sales back of the Audi; only ten sales ahead of the BMW.

Coincidentally, the year-to-date order is completely different but still spectacularly close. The GLA leads with 1970 sales thanks to a 62% year-over-year increase. The Audi Q3 ranks third in the class of three, only 21 sales back of the BMW X1.
medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’717379412′; These are all markedly improved numbers, but they remain relatively low-volume players compared with a much larger group of somewhat larger, more costly small luxury SUVs. Audi’s Q5, Canada’s top-selling premium utility vehicle in May and in 2015, outsells the Q3 by nearly two-to-one. The BMW X3 and X4 outsold the X1 by nearly 1100 units in 2016’s first five months. Together with their direct and indirect rivals, the one-size-up luxury utilities are more than three times more common despite their larger price tags. 

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We’ve included the Jaguar F-Pace in the Audi Q5-led group of luxury SUVs even though it’s on the larger end. The F-Pace is smaller than vehicles in the final table displayed below. It’s also priced far more comparably to vehicles such as the Q5 and X3 rather than the Q7 and X5.

Besides the F-Pace, May 2016 was also the first month of availability for the Cadillac XT5, the direct successor to the lingering SRX.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are sortable, so you can rank luxury SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Compact
Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
438
359 22.0% 1717 1360 26.3%
425
421 35.6% 1738 1244 39.7%
435 312 39.4% 1970 1216
62.0%
Total
1298
1092 18.9% 5425 3820 42.0%

Small
Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
579
828 -30.1% 2787 2930 -4.9%
799
752 6.3% 3210 3026 6.1%
648
478 35.6% 2336 2115 10.4%
100
52 92.3% 483 480 0.6%
1 2
291
197 47.7% 1160 843 37.6%
22
22
158
38 316% 1128 38 2868%
29 -100% 80 -100%
113
150 -24.7% 697 919 -24.2%
623
422 47.6% 2411 2050 17.6%
263
378 -30.4% 1046 1201 -12.9%
389
564 -31.0% 1644 2141 -23.2%
225
195 15.4% 913 711 28.4%
238
207 15.0% 654 703 -7.0%
Total
4449
4290 3.7% 18,493 17,237 7.3%

Midsize Luxury SUV
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
431
547 -21.2% 2051 2125 -3.5%
1
426
193 121% 1865 673 177%
729
527 38.3% 2736 2064 32.6%
105
105 0.0% 448 475 -5.7%
333
524 -36.5% 1709 1962 -12.9%
92
92
387
324 19.4% 1686 1459 15.6%
42
60 -30.0% 228 227 0.4%
66
68 -2.9% 364 249 46.2%
241
222 8.6% 1339 1027 30.4%
47
57 -17.5% 226 300 -24.7%
672
610 10.2% 3124 2606 19.9%
9
18 -50.0% 46 94 -51.1%
314
137 129% 1401 693 102%
681
544 25.2% 3330 2360 41.1%
215
272 -21.0% 854 867 -1.5%
129
186 -30.6% 563 905 -37.8%
22
54 -59.3% 115 198 -41.9%
244
36 578% 1165 36 3136%
Total
5185
4484 15.6% 23,343 18,320 27.4%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains you’ll see the XC70 listed with luxury cars as well as with SUVs and crossovers and the Touareg with luxury SUVs and mainstream SUVs… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small & Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – June 2016
Small & Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – April 2016
Small & Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – May 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada – May 2016
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – May 2016
Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada – May 2016