Market analyst JATO Dynamics has released details on the best-selling vehicles in European Union countries this year, as reported by Autocar. The findings are categorised by vehicle bodystyle.

Starting from the compact end of the spectrum, the Fiat 500 topped the chart for city cars with 71,416 units sold, followed by runners-up the Fiat Panda and the Volkswagen Up. Next up is the B-segment hatchback category, where the Renault Clio takes class honours with 113,953 sales charted, followed by the Ford Fiesta in second and the Volkswagen Polo in third.

Moving up a class size into the C-segment, the Volkswagen Golf takes the top spot as it racked up 172,952 sales. it also became the best-seller in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Luxembourg, taking runner-up in Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and third-place in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. Second and third places for Europe went to the Skoda Octavia and the Ford Focus respectively.

Next up is the D-segment or mid-size sedan and estate, which has been topped by another Volkswagen, the Passat with 59,324 units sold. Second in the category is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, followed by the Audi A4 in third.

The executive class is capped by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with 44,197 units sold, helping the Stuttgart-based marque become the world’s largest premium automaker ahead of Munich rivals BMW. Incidentally, the BMW 5 Series takes second place, with the Audi A6 coming in at third. The luxury class was won by Mercedes-Benz too, with the S-Class taking the honours with 5,459 units sold.

“No big changes in the traditional segments. However, the premium cars continue to gain share in the upper segments, with two premium cars in the top three in the mid-size segment. The new Panamera continues to attract more clients than the latest 7 Series, while the S-Class seems to be untouchable,” said JATO Dynamics of the current state of affairs.

The compact SUV/crossover segment is the fastest-growing in the industry according to Autocar, and here Renault can claim another win with the Captur, which scored 73,828 sales, beating the Peugeot 2008 and the Dacia Duster for class honours.

The next rung up the ladder is for the mid-size SUV, one we may know better locally as the C-segment SUV. The title for best-seller in class goes to the Nissan Qashqai, which beats the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Peugeot 3008 to the top step. The French manufacturer does however claim the top spot for the next category, the large SUV with the Peugeot 5008 at 28,380 units sold, beating the Skoda Kodiaq and the Nissan X-Trail.

“The SUV segment continues to be the main driver of growth in the industry. Peugeot shines in the mainstream segment, placing each of its SUVs in the top three of their respective segments. The Qashqai continues to lead, despite its age and the strong competition. Due to the new arrivals, the X-Trail lost its top position as the main seven-seater option,” JATO Dynamics noted.

The small premium SUV class is topped by the BMW X1 with 40,239 units sold, beating the Mercedes-Benz GLA in second place and the Audi Q3 in third. The Munich marque is beaten in the next class up however, with the Mercedes-Benz GLC attaining sales of 42,815 units for top spot, leading the Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5 in second and third places respectively.

The large premium SUV segment is topped by the Volvo XC90 with 11,565 units sold, beating the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport. “As the GLA and Q3 near replacement, the more recent X1 leads the compact SUV segment. The mid-size premium SUV market is no longer dominated by the Volvo XC60, despite the recent launch of a new generation,” said JATO Dynamics.

Now for the people-movers. The most popular small MPV is the Fiat 500L with 22,011 units sold, beating the Honda Jazz (yes, a hatch to our eyes..) and the Dacia Lodgy for second and third spots respectively. Mid-sized MPV honours go to the Volkswagen Touran with 36,295 units sold, beating the Renault Scenic and the Citroen C4 Spacetourer.

It’s a dead heat for the large MPV segment, with the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and the Seat Alhambra tied at 9,540 units sold each. Autocar notes that V-Class sales are down 5% year-on-year with the Alhambra looking at a 2% decline, noting that a tiebreak is not far off. the Ford S-Max completes the trio of large MPV bestsellers.

“The Scénic is one of the few MPVs of any size to post positive change. As the segment demand plunges, it’s significant to see a double-digit growth posted by the French MPV, which incorporates many SUV styling features,” said JATO Dynamics.

Onwards to the sports cars. The small sports car category is topped by the Mazda MX-5 with 5,287 units sold, running ahead of platform sibling the Fiat 124 Spider and the Lotus Elise in second and third. The mid-sized sports car has the Audi TT as the most popular at 5,520 units sold, while Porsche’s 718 models took second place. The iconic Ford Mustang takes third place.

Thus far, the sports car chart is dominated by icons – MX-5, TT and now the Neunelfer fr the large sports car class. The Porsche 911 is the best-selling in this lot with 7,801 units sold, and is Europe’s most popular of any size category, with the Mercedes-AMG GT and Ferrari 488 rounding up the podium for second and third places respectively.