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Sedan vs Hatchback

Dated-11 Mar 2013 

If you are looking to buy a car and have been successfully confused by the terminology, here’s a guide for beginners to help you understand the difference and decide what best suits your needs.
Cars are classified differently depending on the body style of the car. There are different types like hatchback, station wagon, sedan, coupe, truck, MUV, SUV, van/minivan, convertible and so on. Hatchback and sedan are the two most widely available types in the Indian market.
What is a hatchback?
A hatchback is perhaps the most practical design in passenger cars. Hatchback typically has the passenger seating area integrated with the cargo area. While the passenger area is accessible through the doors, the cargo area is accessible from behind the vehicle by a top hinged tailgate or dickey. Since the passenger cabin is integrated with the cargo space, the seats in the back seating area can be folded to increase cargo space if need be. This helps increase the space in a small car. A hatchback has less length. Hatchback cars in India typically belong to the entry level or economic cars segment.
The hatchbacks available in India are – Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Optra; Hyundai Santro Xing, Hyundai i10, Hyundai i20 and Hyundai Getz Prime; Reva Maini; Maruti Suzuki 800, Maruti Suzuki Alto, Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki A Star and Maruti Suzuki Swift; Fiat Palio Stile; Ford Fusion; Skoda Fabia; Tata Indica V2 Turbo, Tata Indica V2 Xeta, Tata IndicaVista and Tata Indicab.
What is a sedan?
Sedan is undoubtedly the most popular body style for modern vehicles. A sedan typically has two rows of passenger seats and a separate trunk or dickey for luggage. A sedan is a big car and a preferred style for executive cars. Sedans are available in a wide range from economic cars to the super premium cars.
The sedans available in India are – Audi A4 (price range around 30L), Audi A6 (price range around 40L) and Audi A6 (price range around 73L); Bentley Continental Flying Spur (price range around 170L) and Bentley Arnage (price range around 225L); BMW 3-Series (price range around 27L), BMW 5-Series (price range around 37L) and BMW 7-Series (price range around 74L); Chevrolet Aveo (price range around 7L) and Chevrolet Optra Magnum (price range around 9L); Fiat Linea (price range around 6.5L); Ford Ikon (price range around 5L) and Ford Fiesta (price range around 7L); Hindustan Motors Ambassador (price range around 5L); Honda City (price range around 7-8L), Honda Civic (price range around 11L), Honda Accord (price range around 18L) and Honda Civic Hybrid (price range around 23L); Hyundai Accent (price range around 6L) and Hyundai Verna (price range around 7L); Mahindra Logan (price range around 5L); Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire (price range around 5L) and Maruti Suzuki SX4 (price range around 7L); Maybach 62 (price range around 550L); Mercedes Benz CL, Mercedes Benz SL, Mercedes Benz C Class (price range around 29L), Mercedes Benz S Class (price range around 38L) and Mercedes Benz S Class (price range around 82L); Mitsubishi Lancer (price range around 8L) and Mitsubishi Cedia (price range around 10L); Nissan Teana (price range around 25L); Rolls Royce Phantom (price range around 350L); Skoda Octivia (price range around 11L), Skoda Laura (price range around 14L) and Skoda Superb (price range around 21L); Tata Indigo (price range around 4-6L); Toyota Corolla Altis (price range around 12L) and Toyota Camry (price range around 23L); Volkswagen Jetta (price range around 13.5L) and Volkswagen Passat (price range around 23.5L); Volvo S80 (price range around 40L).