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Top SUVs sold in Australia in 2019

Mazda's CX-5 topped the tables again last year as Australia's most-popular SUV.

High-riding SUVs continue to dominate Australia’s new car market, accounting for 45 per cent (the majority) of all new car sales last year.

Though the market slumped 7.8 per cent to a total of 1,062,867 units last year, SUV sales were down just 2.4 per cent for a total of 483,388.

Of the SUV segments, the sub-$60,000 medium class was the biggest last year, moving 171,888 (-1.8%) units last year.

Here is a breakdown of the most popular SUVs in each segment.

The best-selling sub-$40,000 small SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mitsubishi ASX20,806+9.3
2Mazda CX-314,813-9.1
3Hyundai Kona13,342+8.0
4Honda HR-V11,731-3.4
5Nissan Qashqai11,654-16.5

Mitsubishi's ASX surged to the top of the small SUV table thanks in part to a late-life update. Mitsubishi's ASX surged to the top of the small SUV table thanks in part to a late-life update.

The best-selling over $40,000 small SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Volvo XC402858+80.0
2BMW X12847-8.0
3Mercedes-Benz GLA2562-34.4
4Audi Q22155+15.5
5Lexus UX1931+999.99

It might come as a surprise, but the Volvo XC40 was the most popular small premium SUV last year. It might come as a surprise, but the Volvo XC40 was the most popular small premium SUV last year.

The best-selling sub-$60,000 medium SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mazda CX-525,539-2.4
2Toyota RAV424,260+9.5
3Nissan X-Trail19,726-6.9
4Hyundai Tucson18,251-5.2
5Mitsubishi Outlander17,514+12.5

Toyota's RAV4 was the second-most popular mid-size SUV last year and took out CarsGuide's Car of the Year award. Toyota's RAV4 was the second-most popular mid-size SUV last year and took out CarsGuide's Car of the Year award.

The best-selling over $60,000 medium SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz GLC5770+2.9
2BMW X34583-5.8
3Audi Q54152+1.6
4Lexus NX3471-6.1
5Volvo XC603406+20.5

Bought a premium SUV last year? Chances are it was a Mercedes-Benz GLC. Bought a premium SUV last year? Chances are it was a Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The best-selling sub-$70,000 large SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Toyota Prado18,335-1.2
2Toyota Kluger11,371-22.9
3Isuzu MU-X8419-7.4
4Subaru Outback7210-30.5
5Mazda CX-97168-11.4

Toyota took out both the first and second place in the large SUV segment. Toyota took out both the first and second place in the large SUV segment.

The best-selling over $70,000 large SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1BMW X53498+29.6
2Range Rover Sport2202-2.5
3Mercedes-Benz GLE2081+7.3
4Audi Q71354-16.5
5Porsche Cayenne1352+24.7

The BMW X5 has an element of crunch when you hit a sharp edge. The BMW X5 has an element of crunch when you hit a sharp edge.

The best-selling sub-$100,000 upper-large SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Toyota LandCruiser13,802+0.9
2Nissan Patrol1951+55.0

Toyota's next LandCruiser is expected to be powered by a hybrid engine. Toyota's next LandCruiser is expected to be powered by a hybrid engine.

The best-selling over $100,000 upper-large SUVs

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1BMW X7608New
2Audi Q8494+999.99
3Lexus LX419+3.7
4Mercedes-Benz GLS371-61.2
5Range Rover341+20.5

The X7 is a new model for BMW, and much more than just a stretched X5. The X7 is a new model for BMW, and much more than just a stretched X5.