The Difference Between Car Body Styles

4 July 2021

The difference between Car Body Styles

Whether it’s used or new, buying a car is one of the most important decisions you can make. Every driver has their own set of priorities, whether it’s down to the way the car looks or the safety aspects of their chosen ride. At Al Futtaim Automall, we’re well aware that what appeals to one car-buyer won’t necessarily appeal to another. However, if you know the difference between an SUV and a hatchback, you might find that your decision is easier to make. If you’re a bit confused about the difference between car body styles, then this guide is for you.

Sedan or hatchback?

While they might look similar on the outside, there are some obvious differences between a sedan and a hatchback. The main one surrounds their boot capacity. A sedan car has its interior broken down into three separate spaces: one for the engine, one for the driver and passengers and one for the boot. While the boot space can be quite roomy, it is limited and there’s no scope for piling things high. These cars also have a longer wheelbase than a hatchback, so they offer greater legroom and more comfort. They are ideal for those who travel light or who are travelling with the family and put more emphasis on the cabin interior rather than the boot space.

By comparison, a hatchback offers greater potential boot space, as the rear seats can be folded down to accommodate more luggage. Although this might seem like a good idea at first, it does leave your cargo visible. However, with the extra capacity, these are perfect for those who use their car for a variety of reasons, whether it’s carrying passengers or packing in those additional bags. The hatchback also sports higher pillars, allowing baggage to be piled higher than in a sedan.

Pickup or SUV?

If you’re looking for something bigger and bolder, you might be wondering whether to choose a pickup or an SUV. With powerful engines, these cars are excellent workhorses, but don’t skimp on comfort or style. When it comes to towing things such as boats or trailers, pickups have the edge, thanks to a wider wheelbase. In addition, if you’ve got things stacked in the cargo space, it keeps the items separate from your passengers, which can useful if you’re disposing household waste. On top of that, there are models that offer enough room for the entire family, so you don’t have to worry about leaving anyone behind.

SUVs come into their own when it comes to getting about. Easier to park and manoeuvre than a pickup, they’re a more convenient mode of transport. On top of that, without the pickup’s cargo bed, they offer more room for passengers. However, if it’s the extra space you’re after, they can tow trailers fairly easily, albeit smaller ones than pickups can. These are ideal for families who might need to tow those all-important extras, without the inconvenience of having to park or drive a bigger vehicle. They also have reasonable off-road capability, which is ideal if you find yourself bouncing down a dusty track to get to your destination.

What is an MPV?

An MPV or multi-person vehicle is a larger version of the SUV. Usually capable of seating up to seven or even eight people, these are ideal for big families or business users who want to move their visitors or staff around in comfort. They often have sliding side doors for easy access to the main cabin, and variable seat configurations so they can be used to carry larger loads as well.

Coupes – the ultimate sports choice

Coupes are most frequently two-door cars, and are designed for having some serious fun! Powerful, packed with features and designed around the driver experience, these are the cars to choose if there’s just two of you and you love heading off to a luxury hotel for the weekend around some twisty mountain roads. They’re high performance vehicles with sleek lines and a low centre of gravity to ensure handling and cornering are responsive, with plenty of ‘flickability’ around those hairpin bends.

Style, substance or both?

Whether you’re selling or buying, the style of the car body can have a huge impact on its function. Cars for nipping about in the city might not have the boot space, but they have the convenience. A truck with all the trimmings might not be useful in urban areas but comes into its own for family days out and weekends away.

With over 80 years of selling and buying used cars in the UAE, the Al Futtaim Automall is the place to go for advice. If you’re thinking of selling your car, we can quickly ascertain who might want to buy it. If you’re buying, our friendly staff will let you know which is the best car body style for your needs. For us, it’s not a case of style over substance; we like to incorporate the two, so that everyone who visits us leaves with what they need. Visit us, today.