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Most Popular Car Body Styles india 2015 - Category & Type

Updated on September 22, 2015

In India, the car market is quite vast and is continuously growing day by day. There are endless types of cars available and the users often get confused as to which category should they choose. There is such a wide variety of body styles in cars that it becomes difficult for a layman to get hold on the subject. Moreover, buying a car involves a lot of analysis, research and knowledge. When a person decides to buy a car, he has to keep in mind a lot of important things like the size of his family, budget, fuel efficiency and what not.

So, if you intend to make a purchase in near future, you ought to have proper knowledge about the topic. We understand that it is a complicated subject, which needs to be explained. So, here is a short description about some of the most common and widely used car body styles listed as follows:

  1. Hatchback
  2. Sedan
  3. SUV/MUV
  4. Coupe
  5. Wagon
  6. Convertible
  7. Van
  8. Jeep



These cars are identified as those that have four doors along with a boot lift-gate. The hatchback cars also called small cars and usually all hatchbacks are similar in design, while the interior and boot capacity may vary. Nowadays, the companies have started designing hatchbacks with more capacious boots as compared to the earlier days. These cars are also suitable for small families and can be driven around easily in cities with congested streets or heavy traffic on the roads. These cars offer a 5-seat configuration and have a low ground clearance. However, recently, Renault has come up with its revolutionary hatchback named Kwid that has a high ground clearance. Other popular hatchbacks in the market include- Maruti Swift, Hyundai elite i20, Honda Jazz, etc.



A sedan, also known as saloon in some countries, is classified as that car which has an extended boot at its rear portion. It has larger dimensions, i.e. features longer, wider, taller body structure and has more wheelbase as compared to a hatchback. It also comes with a five-seat configuration spread across two rows. The boot is more spacious and hence can occupy more luggage than that of a hatchback one. These are available in the market at a higher price and also consist of mid-sized or compact sedans, having a smaller boot than the typical sedans. There are many sedans in the market but lately, Maruti Ciaz SHVS has been the talk of the town for its hybrid technology and other modern features. Some examples of best sedan cars in India are- Ford Figo Aspire, Audi A6, Mercedes Benz S Class, etc.



These cars are less common in India but are widely used in European market. These have just 2 doors, but the seating capacity may include a four or a two-seat configuration. The two doors, when opened, make way for the rear occupants, while the front seats are folded down. These are luxury cars priced at a cost of more than INR 20,000 and are high at luxury and comfort features. Coupes are stylish, classy and are considered as a status symbol by the elite class of society. Some examples of best coupe cars in india that can be cited for this category are- Jaguar XF, Audi R8 and Mercedes Benz CLS Class.



SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle that is much heavier and taller than the aforementioned models. The ground clearance is quite high and these are suitable for long journeys, particularly for rough and sloping roads. Apart from a spacious interior, the focus is laid on the engine, gearbox and other mechanical components. In today's time, the SUV market is growing like anything, particularly in India. Now, the SUVs are not only offered as an off-road car but also as stylish and attractive one. These can be further categorized as compact SUVs or crossovers and mini-SUVs. Best SUVs in India are offered at various prices like Mahindra Scorpio, XUV500 are quite affordable but BMW X1, Mitsubishi Outlander belong to luxury segment.

MUVs are similar in design as compared to the SUVs but the main focus is laid on storage capacity. The seating configuration is flexible and can occupy 7-10 passengers at a time. Some best MUVs in india are- Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Force Motors Trax, etc.



This category of car is identified as that whose roof is retractable or detachable with the push of a button. These are preferred by people residing in those countries where weather conditions are pleasant and the roads are not dusty. However, in India also a lot of people like to own a convertible with stylish and automatic features. These are also luxury models like coupe and carry an appealing design. Earlier, leather was used for the roofline of such cars but nowadays these cars come with more superior quality of materials.

The recently revealed Rolls Royce Dawn is a convertible coupe with its top that can be opened or closed down completely within 22 seconds while it is running at a speed of 50 km/h. Other convertibles in the market include- BMW i8, Ferrari 458, Maserati GranCabrio, etc.



This type of car is the one that appears like a combination of a hatchback and sedan it does not contain a separate space for boot but the third row can be either utilized for placing luggage or for seating the passengers. All wagons in the market may vary in size from company to company but the design is quite similar. When we Indian travel, there is always more luggage than the actual number of occupants, whether it's a picnic or a long journey. Wagons are best suited for such traveling purposes. Some wagons available on Indian roads consist of- Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Quanto, etc.


These are four door cars with two sliding doors and offer a spacious seating capacity. The seat configuration may vary from brand to brand. These vans are not high at comfort and convenience and their weight is also quite light. Nowadays, people don't prefer traveling in vans and hence these are used as commercial vehicles like for cab services or as taxis. Gradually, these are vanishing from the market owing to availability of modern vehicles in the market. Vans running on the Indian roads include- Maruti Suzuki Omni and Maruti Eeco.

Pick up Vehicle:

It appears like a multi utility vehicle but has a separate space for storing luggage. It looks like a truck and is used mainly in foreign countries like America where people are fond of driving heavy muscular vehicles. These are rough and tough vehicle and can also be used for commercial purposes. These can carry loads of heavy items in the storage compartment and possess considerably large dimensions. Example -Tata Xenon XT, Tata Super Ace, Nissan Navara, etc.



The Jeeps reflect a combination of a sports and MUV car. People prefer riding in jeeps when they want to go for adventurous trips in hilly areas or in forests. These can come with either a hard or soft top, perfect for jungle safaris. Considered as a perfect off-roader, a jeep is very common in India especially in rural areas. These are heavy vehicles with usually manual features, which costs much like an MUV. Examples of Jeeps available in India are- Mahindra Thar, Mahindra Jeep, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.


The above mentioned content provides a basic guideline about the most common categories of cars used in the Indian car market. However nowadays, automakers have started giving different names to the body styles in order to create buzz among the audience so as to differentiate their offerings from those of the rival companies. For Example: the newly launched TUV300 is actually a sub-4m SUV, but the automaker has termed it as a Tough Utility Vehicle.


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