Over the first 6 months of 2021, SUVs represent 42% of new car sales, against 28% in 2016. In the top 10 sales, the Peugeot 2008 is a hit, ahead of the Renault Captur and the essential 3008.
Unmissable SUVs. Under fire from critics, this body format continues to appeal to new car buyers. Over the first 6 months of 2021, SUVs accounted for 42% of sales, against 39% for the whole of 2020, according to AAA Data figures. This market share was 28% five years ago, in 2016.
Two Peugeot on the podium
Behind this success, more and more models available on the market, with some doing well. With these airs of “little 3008”, the second generation Peugeot 2008 has been a hit since the beginning of the year, with 40,604 sales in the first half. With 2,771 units, its 100% electric version represents 7% of this model’s sales since the year.
Far behind, we find the Renault Captur, with 32,280 sales. Unlike its direct competitor from Peugeot, the diamond brand does not offer a 100% electric version of the Captur but a plug-in hybrid variant under the name “E-Tech Plug-In”. Note that on the private market only (and therefore excluding sales to company fleets or rental companies for example), the Captur stands out as Renault’s best seller in France, with 13,613 units, ahead of the Clio (see top 10 sales to individuals “complete in this article).
Peugeot manages to place a second SUV on this podium, with its 3008, which received a restyling last year. An upgrade of equipment and a slightly renewed design which are bearing fruit since this vehicle ended the first half of the year in third place in SUV sales in France, just behind the Captur, with 31,001 units.
Duster and Sandero Stepway triumph at Dacia
In the rest of the top 10 SUVs, we find the Dacia Duster in fourth place, with 15,879 units.
But, still with the Romanian brand of the Renault group, we can also mention the solid performance of the Sandero Stepway. If it is not strictly speaking an SUV, this elevated variant of the versatile city car renewed last year remains the favorites of buyers. They opt for this version at 67.3%, with 26,308 sales out of a total of 39,115 sales since the start of the year, Dacia told us.
In the rest of the ranking, we find Citroën’s two SUVs, the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross as well as the Peugeot 5008 in seventh place. The Ford Puma also performed well, placing ahead of the Volkswagen T-Roc. A good surprise also for the new Hyundai Tucson, which closes this top 10. A good start to its career for a fourth generation which relies heavily on its hybrid versions (mico-hybridization, classic hybrid and plug-in hybrid) as an alternative to Diesel.
The top 10 best-selling SUVs in France in the first half of 2021
1 – Peugeot 2008 – 40.604 units
2 – Renault Captur – 32,280 units
3 – Peugeot 3008 – 31,001 units
4 – Dacia Duster – 15,879 units
5 – Citroën C3 Aircross – 14.997 units
6 – Citroën C5 Aircross – 13,587 units
7 – Peugeot 5008 – 13,395 units
8 – Ford Puma – 10.207 units
9 – Volkwagen T-Roc – 10,077 units
10 – Hyundai Tucson – 9,381 units