In the large premium SUV class, 49 percent of sales were the leading Mercedes GLE plug-in hybrids, the majority of which were plug-in hybrid diesels, while the petrol version of the powertrain was less popular.
The plug-in hybrid version of the segment’s No. 2, the BMW X5, accounted for 54 percent of the model family’s sales for the year, according to the Dataforce.
All-electric models were slower to arrive in the premium SUV segments, but models like the BMW iX and the forthcoming Mercedes EQE are expected to play a bigger role in 2022.
Overall, plug-in hybrids were just behind all-electric models in sales last year, resulting in a share of 8.9 percent in Europe. Plug-in hybrids also managed to exceed the 1 million sales threshold for the first time in Europe.
Combined, plug-in vehicles just missed catching up with diesels, which suffered a 33 percent drop to 2,078,022, resulting in a 20 percent market share, down from a 28 percent share in 2020, according to figures from ACEA.
Small cars remain Europe’s No. 1 segment
Small cars kept a small lead over small SUVs and remained Europe’s best-selling car type with a volume of 1,864,641 million, down 7 percent from the previous year. Small SUVs rose 9.8 percent in 2021, led by the Peugeot 2008, to 1,860,166 million sales.
Compact SUVs overtook combined sales of compact hatchbacks, wagons and sedans by posting an 8.8 percent increase to 1.56 million, compared to a 14 percent decline to 1.48 million for regular compact cars.
The new-generation Hyundai Tucson rose to the top of the compact SUV rankings thanks to a sales increase of 65 percent to 149,559, ahead of the Peugeot 3008, VW Tiguan and Toyota C-HR.