People buy different types of car for different reasons –mostly to suit their lifestyle. Some people want a small car so that they can squeeze into tiny parking spaces while some prefer a family MPV so that they can fit all their 5 kids.
The right car will stay with you through your different stages of life so it is important to pick the right car type from the get go. Here are the pros and cons of different car types for those of you who are stuck with choices and for those of you who just want to know more.
- More leg rooms for people in the back and more spaces between the driver and backseat passengers.
- Easy to hide luggage in the boot as the boot is fully covered.
- A more stable-driving, typically best for long-distance driving
- Not appropriate for off-road driving
- Can’t make more spaces for big items
Examples of Sedan includes Proton Perdana, Toyota Vios and Toyota Camry
- It’s impossible to not look sporty and active when you are driving a coupe
- Compact size makes it easier to find parking and they are usually faster than their bigger counterparts.
- Most Coupes can only seat 2 people- the driver and the passenger with little leg room
- Some Coupe with backseat has very small seating space and backseat passengers might have to hunch.
- Little to no room for luggage
- Typically more expensive than a Sedan
Examples of Coupe includes Mercedes SLK200, Ford Mustang and Porsche Cayman
- It’s compact size makes it easier to find parking sizes and drive through small roads
- Fuel-efficient due to its small engine
- Typically less expensive amongst other car types
- Small spaces for passengers
- Can’t carry too much weight
Examples of Hatchback includes Perodua Myvi, Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Golf
- Typically sits between 5 to 7 passengers with plenty of leg rooms
- SUVs are compatible for off-road and gives the driver the option for a front wheel drive and an all-wheel drive
- It’s higher built gives the driver more visibility while on the road
- Seats can be adjusted to make more room for large items
- Their big size can make them harder the manoeuvre and park
- Not as much space for luggage if it carries passengers with maximum capacity
Examples of SUV includes Range Rover Evoque, Jeep Cherokee and Proton X70
- Just like an SUV it sits anywhere between 7 to 8 passenger with plenty of leg rooms, typically used as a family car
- Lower Ground Clearance compared to an SUV
- Made for city use and comfortable driving
- Because it is mainly made for family, it doesn’t run as fast as other car types.
- Not as much design choices as it is mostly used for practicality.
Examples of MPV includes Toyota Avanza, Perodua Alza and Toyota Vellfire
It is important to note however that there are a lot of car brands that are experimenting crossovers between MPVs and SUVs to give drivers more choices. Examples of popular SUV Crossovers include Jeep Cherokee, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.