Electrification is coming to the sector, albeit more slowly than to equivalent SUVs. The Audi A3 has long had a plug-in hybrid version, and it recorded first-half sales of 5,732.
Mercedes, meanwhile, has announced a big expansion of its plug-in hybrid range to include the CLA and the CLA station wagon, which will join electrified versions of the A-Class hatchback and sedan, which recorded 2,450 and 696 European sales, respectively, in the first half.
BMW, so far, has restricted plug-in hybrid expansion in the compact segment to the X1 and X2 SUVs, which will join the 2-Series Active Tourer minivan plug-in hybrid.
Full-electric models are coming. Audi is expected to launch a hatchback on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, while BMW is reportedly planning a compact model that will be badged the i2 and be underpinned by a platform co-developed with Mercedes.
Gasoline remained the most popular fuel choice within the sector with a 56 percent share in the first six months. Diesel accounted for 37 percent. Plug-in hybrids had a 5 percent share, up from 2 percent in the same period in 2019.