Mercedes-Benz USA sold their first 991 GLA-Class crossovers, also known as CLA-Class hatchbacks, in September 2014. We’ll quickly see how the GLA fares in comparison to its two most direct rivals. BMW sold 1840 X1s in September, but X1 sales have fallen 14% this year. Audi sold 1092 Q3s in September, the Q3’s first full month on sale.
These are the tiny contenders in the luxury SUV sector. (Some would add the underpowered, questionably-styled, much more common, and significantly less costly Sonic-based Buick Encore into the mix. 3848 were sold in September.) Move up a notch in terms of size and/or price and the Audi Q5 is currently battling the Acura RDX for U.S. sales supremacy.
Sitting in GCBC’s driveway this week is the fast version of the most popular Audi in America, the SQ5. It’s wonderful, and it’s also been around for quite a while in its current form. Yet Q5 sales have steadily risen every year since it went on sale in 2009. The Q5 outsold the RDX by ten units in September but trails the RDX by nearly 3000 units heading into the fourth quarter.
Acura is also a dominant player in the three-row premium crossover race. MDX volume is up 39% this year. The Lexus RX is the only premium brand utility vehicle which sells more often than the MDX.
Back to the GLA, it’s worth noting that the term crossover applies here about as well as it does anywhere. The GLA clearly crosses over, and back, from one category to another. (This also tells us just how useless the term “crossover” really is.) The GLA250 4Matic is less than four inches taller than the CLA250 4Matic sedan, 60 inches compared with 56.6, but it’s 10.7 inches shorter, road to roof, than the Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now 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.