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Now, this is truly staggering. For the past two years, the Volvo XC60 has reigned supreme as Europe’s most successful premium compact SUV, ahead of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes Benz GLK.

This is great news for Volvo, on the back of its recent purchase of Polestar, as it looks to consolidate its position in order to rival AMG and BMW’s M division. In 2013, the Volvo XC60 was the fourth best-selling compact premium SUV in Europe, behind the Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. In 2014 the Porsche Macan, Lexus NX and BMW X4 entered the segment, but didn’t dent the XC60’s sales performance.

Volvo managed to sell 62,845 units, whereas Audi sold 60,679 Q5s, Land Rover sold 50,838 RR Evoques and BMW sold 48,229 X3s. The sales figures of the GLK, Macan, X4 and NX did not really pose much of a threat at this time.

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In 2015, the official numbers of the first quarter are as follows; Volvo sold 18,173 units of the XC60, Land Rover sold 16,135 units of the Range Rover Evoque, Audi sold 15,584 units of the Q5, BMW sold 10,828 units of the X3, Mercedes Benz sold 6,562 units of the GLK, BMW sold 6,108 units of the X4, Land Rover sold 5,803 units of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Porsche sold 5,733 units of the Macan while Lexus sold 3,764 units of the Lexus NX.

Rumours are abuzz that a new-generation XC60 is coming in 2016, and it seems like other automakers really have a big challenge on their hands to challenge the XC60’s domination of the marketplace. I seems a lot of people would agree that Volvo has always stuck to its own vision of building really high quality machines with a great ride that offers class-leading safety.

So here’s a tip, you might want to head to your local Volvo dealership and test drive the XC60. You just might be pleasantly surprised.