Life isn’t as easy come, easy go for the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 as it once was. Sales, awfully lofty last year, are hard to match in 2010. Fortunately for Mercedes-Benz, the GLK is still finding buyers and its larger brethren, the M-Class and GL-Class SUVs, are even more popular now than they were a year ago. In November 2010, in fact, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class out-sold the more recently revamped BMW X5, albeit by a narrow margin.
North Americans are accustomed to European vehicles being luxury-oriented. Apart from Volkswagen and semi-premium marques like Volvo and Saab, the only other current European brands we associate with non-luxury are Mini and Fiat. But the Mini Countryman isn’t on this list yet, nor is a jacked-up 4×4 version of the 2011 Fiat 500, so the Volkswagen Tiguan is left to fend for itself in a sea of leather-lined, power-hungry SUVs. Although, if we face facts, the Volkswagen Tiguan plays on the premium end of the small SUV/CUV segment, too.
These are the ten most popular European SUVs in America from November 2010. They are nice. Some are nicer than others. Some are bigger than others. Take the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, GL450, and GL550 as examples. Gargantuan dimensions don’t seem to be forcing consumers to shy away from the GL-Class. In fact, the large luxury SUV segment as a whole doesn’t seem to be struggling of late.