Wheels on Fire : Types Of Car Explained

This article would help you get familiarized with different styles of cars and what differentiates each of them.

We bring to you 6 most popular styles of cars which you may have commonly heard of but may not have a fair idea about. Let’s get started!

1) Saloon Car

A Saloon or Sedan is articulated to have 4 doors and a closed roof with separate compartments for engine, passenger and cargo. Apart from being spacious- Saloons have a long, low and a stylish design. It is one of the most common car body types which has 2 rows of seats, the rear seats can be folded to make space for luggage and the boot is low and wide. On the contrary, it is less practical compared to an SUV or hatchback and is pricey compared to the two as well.

Convertible Car Type



2) Coupe Car

A Coupe is a vehicle with a sleeker outlook, sloping roofline, closed body and two doors. The rear space is limited and the roof is fixed (portion of it may be adjustable) in traditional versions. However, a variation on the convertible or drop-head coupé is a fully retractable hardtop.

Coupe Car Type

3) Hatchback Car

Hatchbacks are vehicles with a rear door that swings upwards to provide access to cargo area. They also come with a variation of folding second-row passenger seating to configure interiors based on passenger v/s cargo priority. They are much smaller in height compared to SUVs and do not have a stretched boot.

Hatchback Car Type



4) SUV Car

Sport-Utility-Vehicle is a type of station wagon with enhanced features like raised ground clearance, ruggedness, sturdy outlook and a four-wheel drive to make travelling off road a delightful experience. A four wheel drive typically means the engine power flows to all the four wheels of the vehicle. They are spacious with a large boot, high seating position and tall interior packaging. An SUV could be a 5 or a 7 seater and is suitable for all kinds of terrain.

suv

5) Crossover Car

As the name suggests, a crossover or crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a vehicle which combines variety of features from an SUV with that of a passenger car. Features like tall interiors, high ground clearance and high seating from an SUV are constructed on a ‘unibody’ which is typical of passenger vehicles. Crossovers generally offer independent rear suspension, have a lighter weight and better fuel consumption than trucks/trucks based vehicles- all in all more ‘car-like’ handling.

Crossover Car Type

6) Convertible Car

The name explains it all- a convertible is an automobile which can ‘convert’ between an open air-mode and an enclosed one. Generally, convertibles do not have glass side windows and the main feature is retractable roof (the roof can be folded or removed either partially or entirely).

The term ‘roadster’ is oftenly used to describe a ‘two-seater’ sports car. They may have a folding roof or no roof at all. While cars having folding roofs (soft top or metal) with more than two seats are referred to as convertibles.

Convertible Car



We hope you now have a fair idea of the basics, stay tuned for more insights on ‘Cars-101’ till then keep speeding away (with caution!).

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Wheels on Fire : Types Of Car Explained

This article would help you get familiarized with different styles of cars and what differentiates each of them.

We bring to you 6 most popular styles of cars which you may have commonly heard of but may not have a fair idea about. Let’s get started!

1) Saloon Car

A Saloon or Sedan is articulated to have 4 doors and a closed roof with separate compartments for engine, passenger and cargo. Apart from being spacious- Saloons have a long, low and a stylish design. It is one of the most common car body types which has 2 rows of seats, the rear seats can be folded to make space for luggage and the boot is low and wide. On the contrary, it is less practical compared to an SUV or hatchback and is pricey compared to the two as well.

Convertible Car Type



2) Coupe Car

A Coupe is a vehicle with a sleeker outlook, sloping roofline, closed body and two doors. The rear space is limited and the roof is fixed (portion of it may be adjustable) in traditional versions. However, a variation on the convertible or drop-head coupé is a fully retractable hardtop.

Coupe Car Type

3) Hatchback Car

Hatchbacks are vehicles with a rear door that swings upwards to provide access to cargo area. They also come with a variation of folding second-row passenger seating to configure interiors based on passenger v/s cargo priority. They are much smaller in height compared to SUVs and do not have a stretched boot.

Hatchback Car Type



4) SUV Car

Sport-Utility-Vehicle is a type of station wagon with enhanced features like raised ground clearance, ruggedness, sturdy outlook and a four-wheel drive to make travelling off road a delightful experience. A four wheel drive typically means the engine power flows to all the four wheels of the vehicle. They are spacious with a large boot, high seating position and tall interior packaging. An SUV could be a 5 or a 7 seater and is suitable for all kinds of terrain.

suv

5) Crossover Car

As the name suggests, a crossover or crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a vehicle which combines variety of features from an SUV with that of a passenger car. Features like tall interiors, high ground clearance and high seating from an SUV are constructed on a ‘unibody’ which is typical of passenger vehicles. Crossovers generally offer independent rear suspension, have a lighter weight and better fuel consumption than trucks/trucks based vehicles- all in all more ‘car-like’ handling.

Crossover Car Type

6) Convertible Car

The name explains it all- a convertible is an automobile which can ‘convert’ between an open air-mode and an enclosed one. Generally, convertibles do not have glass side windows and the main feature is retractable roof (the roof can be folded or removed either partially or entirely).

The term ‘roadster’ is oftenly used to describe a ‘two-seater’ sports car. They may have a folding roof or no roof at all. While cars having folding roofs (soft top or metal) with more than two seats are referred to as convertibles.

Convertible Car



We hope you now have a fair idea of the basics, stay tuned for more insights on ‘Cars-101’ till then keep speeding away (with caution!).

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