World Best Selling Compact Cars 2016. The top 50


World Best Selling Compact Cars 2016 ranking again led by the Toyota Corolla while the Toyota Prius joined the Top 10, first time ever. Volkswagen Golf was second while Hyundai Elantra was new on podium.

The largest car segment in the World had ever been the called “compact” or “C segment” (under the EU segmentation) and it was the largest in the 2016 as well, when global sales had been reported at 16.7 million units (+0.5%)., the highest level ever.

The global duel between Toyota and Volkswagen as brand is in place in this segment as well. Indeed, while the leader is Toyota Corolla, with data including both sedan and hatchback sales, the second model, the Volkswagen Golf, includes only sales for Hatch (5 doors and wagon) and not the sedan, sold under the nameplate “Jetta”. Adding Jetta sales to the Golf, Volkswagen would lead the rank.

However, Toyota is selling many different models in this segment a part the Corolla, to better fit with local consumer’s demand (and imagination…) including the Auris, for Europe, and Hybrid Prius, last year entered in the top 10, first time.

So, for the 2016 again, the best compact car sold in the World was the glorious the Toyota Corolla with 1.313.000 sales, down 1.9% from the 2015 level, still the all time record.

In second place the Volkswagen Golf with 1.002.000 sales (-4.9%), peanuts over the 1 million level for the second year in a row.

A new model advanced in the third step of the podium, the Hyundai Elantra, with its record sales of 780.000 units (+3.0%)

Fourth was the Ford Focus, down 1 spot, with 735.000 units (-11.5%) ahead of the Honda Civic, up 1 spot, with 668.000 (+18.7%) and the Volkswagen Jetta, leader in the sedan sub-segment with 611.000 sales (+8.6%)

In seventh place the Mazda3 with 463.000 (+1.1%) followed by the Chevrolet Cruze, down 3 spots, with 456.000 units (-18.7%), the Skoda Octavia with 441.000(+3.5%), and in 10th place the Toyota Prius with 384.000 (+38.8%).

F2M Mobility Database

Thanks to the powerful F2M mobility database expanded, day after day, collecting sales of over 3.600 different models in all countries in the World, we can provide any kind of segmentation including this one. On demand, we are able to extract similar data for any segment in any country or regional area.

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank 2016Rank 2015BestSales 2016Sales 2015Variation 2016
11Toyota Corolla1.313.1771.339.177-1,9%
22Volkswagen Golf1.002.8401.054.344-4,9%
34Hyundai Elantra780.325757.4113,0%
43Ford Focus735.511831.531-11,5%
57Honda Civic668.796563.45718,7%
65Volkswagen Jetta611.428563.1468,6%
86Chevrolet Cruze456.650562.025-18,7%
910Skoda Octavia441.329426.3563,5%
1115Toyota Prius384.701277.12638,8%
1211Audi A3354.909354.7950,0%
1314Volkswagen Sagitar341.331279.88722,0%
1412Nissan Sentra314.552309.6141,6%
1519Ford Escort296.867214.36438,5%
1613Honda City273.406286.750-4,7%
1720Opel Astra267.741208.92628,2%
1816Hyundai Accent251.410263.094-4,4%
1921Geely EC7242.236207.22516,9%
2018Peugeot 308237.617245.848-3,3%
2123Kia K3234.421203.27715,3%
2222Volkswagen Bora222.303204.4678,7%
2330Mercedes A Class177.318158.84111,6%
2417Hyundai Verna174.457257.392-32,2%
2526BMW 1 Series172.773178.400-3,2%
2629Seat Leon168.010161.5524,0%
2736Renault Mégane165.243138.65219,2%
2832BMW 2 Series163.175149.2399,3%
2931Toyota Auris162.127149.4388,5%
3039Toyota Levin159.071125.69926,5%
3128Subaru Impreza158.476169.762-6,6%
3224ChangAn Eado156.600183.615-14,7%
3343Citroen C4144.909104.19939,1%
3435Hyundai i30140.613142.376-1,2%
3540Geely Vision137.687121.96912,9%
3633BYD F3131.170144.743-9,4%
3750Kia Forte130.71896.62835,3%
38307Chery Arrizo 5129.72448
3941Citroen C-Elysée118.634118.0530,5%
4034Nissan Sunny117.129143.287-18,3%
4138Zotye T600112.699126.122-10,6%
4293Maruti Baleno107.06623.875348,4%
4327Buick Excelle105.033176.242-40,4%
4448Peugeot 301104.50799.6454,9%
4544Kia Cee’d102.965103.493-0,5%
4645Volvo V4098.089102.909-4,7%
4737Lada Granta96.035129.144-25,6%
4853Iran Khodro Samand95.38184.81112,5%
4947Hyundai Avante93.804100.422-6,6%
5042Hyundai Solaris93.126116.446-20,0%