Types of Cars

There are so many different sizes and shapes to choose from when it comes to cars and it might not be clear what these different styles of vehicles have to offer. If you’re on the market, there’s a ton to choose from and you can find out down below which car is right for you.

4-Door Saloon

Mercedes-Benz E Class
Mercedes-Benz E Class

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A 4 door saloon is a popular type of vehicle that you’ll see on the road. This vehicle has 4 doors to allow people into the rear of the vehicle and people into the driver and shotgun seat – most luxury vehicles are 4 doors because they have easy access points from the front and the rear and they’re a comfortable type of vehicle – a 4 door is also know as a sedan.

Vehicles that are 4 door sedans include the popular Toyota Camry and Honda Accord – these are mid-size 4 door vehicles and they’re the most popular on the road. Large 4 doors include the Ford Crown Victoria. There’s a new category for luxury 4 doors and they’re known as luxury sedans. These vehicles come in at a price range of between $30,000-$40,000. Popular luxury sedans include the Mercedes E-class and the BMW 5 series.

2-Door Coupes

BMW M2
BMW M2

2 door coupes are vehicles with on two doors. They are a similar shape to the sedan, but they only have two doors. Although they have 4 seats, people that want to enter the rear need to go from one of the 2 doors. A lot of 2 doors have a hatchback instead of a trunk – this allows for larger items to be carried. This vehicle is commonly driven by single adults or couples without children. A popular 2 door coupe includes the Ford Mustang, the BMW M2 and the BMW 2 series.

Convertibles

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

Convertibles cars are cars that have a retractable hood allowing the passengers to drive the vehicle with the headliner open. Most convertibles are sports cars meaning they have high-performance engines that produce more horsepower than the average car – they usually have two seats so no extra weight is in the vehicle. However, there are some convertibles that aren’t sports vehicles and the Ford Mustang, Chrysler Conquest, and the Cavalier – these convertibles come with 4 doors, but they still have a retractable headliner. There’s also a popular market for luxury convertibles and this include BMWs and Mercedes. This type of vehicle is commonly driven in summer to allow more breeze to surround the passengers.

Sports Cars

porsche 911
porsche 911

Sports cars are commonly European, and they are designed with 2 seats only. Some sports cars have been designed for the track and some have been designed for daily use – this includes vehicles like the jaguar – both sporty and luxurious and is commonly driven for everyday use. A sports vehicle has a high-performance engine and advanced handling so that it can take on the track at high speeds. Sports vehicles usually come with 2 doors but there are some 4 door sedans that are sports cars. Popular sports cars include the Porsche 911, the Nissan GTR, Dodge Viper, and the Chevrolet Corvette. These are affordable sports cars that are popularly know on the market as sports cars.

Cheaper sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 have recently come into the market and they’re popular because of the low price point. Roadsters have been introduced and they’re more premium but affordable – this can include brands like Tesla, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

Hatchback

Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundai Grand i10

A hatchback is a vehicle that has a rear door that opens upwards. These types of cars usually come with 4 doors and don’t have a rear door. 2-door hatchbacks are also common. They can be used for everyday trips and are popular with small families. Popular 4 door hatchbacks include the Renault Kwid and the Hyundai Grand i10. Two-door hatchbacks include the MINI Copper S 3 door and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

SUVs

range range autobiography
range range autobiography

This type of car stands for sports utility vehicle and they’re one of the largest types of cars available on the market – they’re usually the biggest on the road and have presence. A lot of luxury vehicles are SUVs because of their presence, and it makes it appealing to those who want to stand out on the road. SUVs are mainly designed for off-roading, which is why they’re popular in the countryside, but you’ll still see them driven on the main road. Popular SUVs include the BMW X5, the Land Rover Range Rover, the Mercedes Benz ML320, the Ford Edge, and the Nissan Qashqai. These vehicles are popular to families because they often contain 7 seats and they’re good for containing things due to the large boot at the back.

Small SUVs include the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CRB, and the Chevrolet Tracker. Average sizes SUVs include the BMW X5, the Ford Explorer, Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee and the Land Rover Discovery and Defender. Large SUVs include the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX470 and the Range Rover. The range rover is a popular type of luxury SUV and usually comes in at a very high price – the class and presence that comes with it justifies the price.

Station Wagons

Volvo V60
Volvo V60

Station wagons are bigger than your average vehicle and they’re common know as family cars, station wagons, minivans, and SUVs. Most station wagons are SUVs, but some are still know as family cars and they are popular for families who constantly drive as one. Minivans can also come into this space and they’re able to seat more than the average vehicle due to their size. SUVs seat a smaller number of people but they’re also more pleasing to look at and they can be eye catching on the road.

Popular station wagons include the Volvo V60, Jaguar XF, the Audio A4 allroad, and the MINI countryman. For station wagons like SUVs, you’ll have to pay more for their larger capacity and higher performance. SUVs are known to have poor handling but they’re still popular in the market. Station Wagons have a better gas mile and lower insurant as well as all wheel drive.

Pickup Trucks

Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma

Pickup trucks are another type of vehicle and they sometimes offer a 2 door or 4 door option. They’re not meant for carrying people, they’re meant to carry heavy loads on long journeys. Pickup trucks have an open boot that allows for large and heavy items to be put in – this is why pickup trucks usually have 2 seats only because the space is saved for the boot so it can carry heavy loads. Pickup trucks are known to be driven off-road because of their off roading capabilities and often come with rear wheel drive.

The vehicles with 4-wheel drive are know not to handle well. The rear wheel drive pickup trucks are often equipped with 8- or 10-cylinder engines to put more power vehicle the wheel – this allows them tow heavy vehicles like trailers and boats. Popular pickup trucks include the RAM 1500, the Toyota Tacoma, the Ford F-160, the Jeep Gladiator, and the Chevrolet Silverado.

Vans

Ford Transit

Vans are the largest type of car available and they’re known primarily for carrying loads of heavy items. These vans can be used to help people move home, to carry orders for delivery companies, and to transport animals like horses. Vans are also driven by those who have businesses, so they can advertise their brand on the large body of the van. Because of the carrying capabilities, they’re often rear wheel drive and often contain 2 seats – this is because they aren’t meant for driving people around in, they’re usually meant to carry heavy loads – some vans don’t even have windows but these vans have a great air con system.

Because of their capabilities, they often come with 8- or 10-cylinder engines so they have the power to tow things like trailers and boats. However, some vans aren’t meant to carry heavy loads and are meant to carry loads of people – these vans come with around 9 seats and a popular van like this is the VW transporter. Popular vans include the Ford Transit, the Ford Transit Custom and the Mercedes Sprinter.

Microcar

Smart Car
Smart Car

The microcar is a small type of car and they usually have engines that are smaller than 1 litre and 700c. These vehicles usually have two seats and some even have one seat. They’re extremely small hence the name and they’re made for fuel efficiency and designed to be used in the city where traffic is common. Popular types of microcars include the Smart Car, cyclecars, bubble cars, and the Tato Nano car. They are commonly electric powered but some use gas.

Estate Cars

VW Passat Estate
VW Passat Estate

Estate cars are popular family cars and they’re based on hatch backs and saloons but sometimes they’re longer. These vehicles are popularized by their big boxy rear end – this provides a lot of boot space and they’re useful for trying to transport large goods They’re practical for familiar because of the 5 seats and large space in the back seat as well as the boot. Since the main attraction to estate cars is the large boot, the long shape makes it easy to carry things onto the roof – this often means that the vehicle is not too pleasing to look at and they can be hard to park. Popular estate vehicles include the Volvo V60, VW Passat Estate, and the Peugeot 308. If you have a family that likes to travel with bikes and sports equipment, this would be the perfect car for you.

MPV

Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer.
Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer

MPV vehicles are multipurpose vehicles meaning that you can use them for a lot of things. These cars that are known to just carry people can do a lot more. With MPVs, there is a range of layouts that could be inside and they also contain seats that can slide, be removed, and sometimes the rear row of seats fold flat to the floor to turn the vehicle into more of a van. MVPs often come with 7 seats and contain a large interior space. The driving position is slightly higher which often gives convivence behind the wheel. Although they’re not known for being pleasing to the eye, they are good for their practicality. Popular types of MPVs include the Renault Scenic, Ford Galaxy, and the Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer.

Compact Car

Citroen C4
Citroen C4

A compact car is also known as a small car. A popular example of this car is a Kia Rio or a Citroen C4. These cars are smaller than your average car, but they can still fit up to 5 people in them. Compact cars have a good balance between interior spall and a small exterior dimension. If you don’t look for too much space and you don’t car people around often, this would be a good car. They’re also fuel-efficient and are sometimes economic.

Executive Cars

rolls royce phantom
Rolls Royce Phantom

Executive cars are usually 4 door saloons and they’re often luxury cars. A good example of this is a BMW 5 series. Executive cars are cars that have a full-sized specification and usually found in the luxury market. They provide maximum comfort and space as well as allow for large boot compartments. They are commonly driven by chauffeurs and cab drivers because of their luxury interior and large back seat space to allow passengers to be comfortable.