By far the largest decision to make when purchasing a vehicle is what type to choose. From the hatchback to the minivan, there are plenty of styles and models available out there so you will have to think carefully about which one you ultimately buy. In this guide, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular auto types so you can make a smarter purchase in the future.
This is the most standard car form, a “three box” design with a boot, passenger area, and space under the bonnet. This is a familiar style that is small enough to present almost no driving difficulty while being large enough to comfortably accommodate five people. The low-hung design also increases stability while in motion.
The main disadvantage that a sedan has is that the boot space is rather small, meaning that you won’t be able to carry larger items. If your family has more than five members, the seating space will also be inadequate.
When it comes to compact design, nothing beats the hatchback. This is merely a sedan with a lifting rear door instead of a boot, a design change which offers one interesting pro: all hatchbacks have a larger cargo space than sedans. After folding the back seats down, large, bulky objects can be placed in the back with little difficulty. This simply cannot be done with the small boot space in a sedan.
There is however one design flaw here: the window in the back rear door gets rid of any privacy, meaning that passers-by can see what’s in the back without difficulty. Theft is thus a major concern for hatchback owners and valuables should never be left inside the vehicle.
The humble 4WD is a larger, more spacious auto offering off-road capabilities for those who need them. As the car is a lot higher than the sedan and hatchback, it gives drivers a commanding view of the road, allowing them to see further when behind the wheel. There is also a massive cargo capacity found in these vehicles, especially with the seats down.
There are definitely some major drawbacks to this type of vehicle though. For example, the larger size of the 4WD makes it more cumbersome in urban settings. Its height can also make it difficult to climb in and out of for those with disabilities so this is a real concern. Also, the heavier weight means that they guzzle petrol and can be expensive to keep running each month.
Previously a vehicle solely used by freight and transport companies, the minivan has recently become popular among families because of the additional seating. With some models boasting capacities of up to eight people (plus additional cargo space), this is the perfect choice for those with lots of children. The expandable cargo area can also be a selling point for those transporting bulky goods frequently.
As for the disadvantages, minivans are generally quite expensive to keep filled up with petrol. They also handle more like sedans than 4WDs (despite the similarly large size) and so will take some getting used to due to the discrepancy between the performance and the bulkier shape.
While these used to be popular, they are now making a comeback. A combination of a sedan and a hatchback, these vehicles offer the same extended length of the former with the rear lifting door of the latter. This design offers a number of pros meaning the station wagon is a practical and flexible vehicle for any lifestyle. Its extra cargo space and diverse number of seating arrangements make this a car for those who want to transport a lot of people and objects (even simultaneously).
There actually aren’t many cons to this vehicle except the fact it may guzzle petrol faster than a sedan. The style also may not seem as cool and stylish, which might be an important factor if the look of the car is a priority.
These are five of the most common types of domestic vehicles now available on the market. Hopefully this has given you enough information so that you can make a smarter choice when shopping for your next automobile.
Scott D. Hudson is a freelance writer for Leasing Options, a company that has been delivering value and service for more than 23 years. They aim to provide clients with the best possible car rental deal.