An Explanation of Basic Car Types

Ever heard a term used to describe a type of car and had no idea what it meant? Or do you have a specific size car in mind but not quite sure how to phrase it? It can get confusing when trying to identify different car types as some can fall into multiple categories. VroomVroomVroom has put together a quick guide to help you recognize different basic car types, with some examples of the types of car that fit into each category. 


Although the definition can vary between different car manufacturers, coupe’s are often defined as two-door vehicles with a fixed roof.

    • Volkswagon Beetle
    • Mini Cooper
  • Audi A5


A sedan is a larger, four-door car with three pillars in its design (engine, passenger, and cargo). In the UK, a sedan is sometimes referred to as a saloon.

    • Audi A4 Sedan
    • Honda Civic
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan


The main distinguishing feature of the hatchback is the rear door that opens upward. These types of vehicles can differ in size and design.

    • VW Golf
    • Ford Fiesta
  • Kia Rio


The SUV, or sports utility vehicle is popular for off-road driving. Although they can differ in size, a lot of SUV’s feature four wheel drive functionality.

    • Nissan X-Trail
    • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Kluger


Convertible cars are known for having a removable roof, giving drivers the option to drive in an enclosed vehicle or in the open air.

    • Jaguar F-Type
    • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Porsche 718

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