Most Popular Car Types Based on Different Body Styles

Updated on March 21, 2016

If you love cars you would love reading this hub. Either you own a car or planning to purchase one, you should have knowledge about the different car types other than the makes and models of cars. You might have heard about various types of cars based on their body styles. This hub is created to familiarize you with different types of popular types of cars based on their looks. Sedans, SUVs, Convertibles, Coupes, Limos, Hatchbacks etc, are some very popular styles of cars, of which you might have heard. While going through this hub, you would probably come to know a little in detail, about many other types including these. Many of my friends, often keep me asking about the difference between a sedan, sedans and coupes, hatchbacks and wagon etc. Later on I decided to write a hub over this topic so that people can easily understand the differences between these popular types of cars. Let’s start with Cabrio Coach.

Cabrio Coach

Cabrio coaches are basically the types of cars with large sunroofs. These sunroofs are made up of high quality textiles and are retractable. Sunroofs of Cabrios can be opened or closed as per the requirements. These cars are also known as semi-convertibles due to detachable roof tops. Cabrio coaches were very popular in Germany in 1930’s. These cars are a little inexpensive to full convertibles due to single body frames. Few earlier versions of this class were Mercedes-Benz Panton, Fiat 500 and Nash Rambler. This car body style is also available in few modern cars such as, BMW 318ti, Volkswagen Polo, Suzuki Vitara, Nissan Figaro and Jeep Liberty.

Fiat 500 - a "Cabrio-Coach"
Fiat 500 - a "Cabrio-Coach"

Convertible or cabriolet

Convertibles have also got an alternative name “cabriolet”. Cars with this particular style can be converted to an open air vehicle from an enclosed car. Earlier versions of convertibles were fitted with manually detachable roofs. But modern convertibles are fitted with fully automatic hydraulic or electrical actuators. These convertibles can be fitted with soft textile, vinyl or canvas whereas hard roofs are made of steed, plastic, carbon fibre or some other tuff plastics. These roofs automatically folds away into the trunk of the car. You can feel a great driving experience with modern convertibles. Ferrari California, Volvo C70, BMW M3 are some best known convertibles in the world.

Volvo C70 " convertible"
Volvo C70 " convertible"


Coupe style cars have 2 long doors with 2 or 4 seats. The front part of the vehicle looks longer and has a compact rare area. Coupes are mainly 2 door variant of sedans fitted with high performing engines to utilize them in car sports. Mostly the body is enclosed with a hard roof, but few convertible coupes are also introduced in the market and the Mercedes-Benz SLR –McLaren is one of the best example of convertible coupe.

Mercedes-Benz SLR –McLaren "coupe"
Mercedes-Benz SLR –McLaren "coupe"

Crossover (CUV)

Crossovers utility vehicles are made by combing the features of hatchbacks or station wagons with sports utility vehicles. Crossovers are presently in the trend with a great rate of success. On one hand, CUV have features like high point seating, high ground clearance, four wheel drive (optional), tall interior inherited from SUVs, on the other hand it has some characteristics like great handling, good fuel efficiency, passenger vehicles’ platform, two box designs inherited from hatchbacks or station wagons. If you have to go for a long drive with friends along with a little more cargo, then Crossover style cars are the best option for you. Fiat Palio, Ford EcoSport, Audi Q are some best known crossovers available in the market.

Audi Q7 - "a Crossover or CUV"
Audi Q7 - "a Crossover or CUV"


As the name suggests, hatchback cars come with a back door entry as third or fifth door, which is shared by cargo and passengers both. Hatchback types of cars mainly includes two box designs with three pillars (A,B& C) but in some cases it may have the fourth pillar D. Ford Fiesta is a good example of a modern hatchback car. It is very similar to a station wagon but its last pillar and curved back with very small windows (or no windows) differentiate it from wagon.

Ford Fiesta- "hatchback style"
Ford Fiesta- "hatchback style"


Landaulet types of cars are mainly used for professional purposes. These cars come with a convertible rare passenger section with front section either open or covered. These cars look like luxurious sedans while enclosed but are longer than sedans. Maybach 62S Landaulet is my favourite among this section. You must see this masterpiece car.

Maybach 62S "Landaulet"
Maybach 62S "Landaulet"


Limousines or Limos are very luxurious sedans with long enclosed bodies. Previously this term was used for the cars with enclosed passenger area leaving open driver’s seat, where front roof elongated to provide a shade for drivers. But in modern world, the things have changed a lot. Now the Limos are fully covered from outside with highly luxurious compartments inside. Still, the compartment for the driver remains separate. Rolls Royce Phantom, Audi Q7 Limousine, Mercedes Limos really looks great from inside as well as outside.

Porsche Cayenne Stretch "limousine"
Porsche Cayenne Stretch "limousine"


Previously this term was used for a two seat open car with very low weather protection with some possibilities of optional hard or soft tops. But now roadsters are two-seat convertible sports cars. So, you can say that roadster style cars are just a variant of Spyder style cars. They are just made to challenge the speed.


Sedan or saloon

Sedans are very common and lovable among the different types of cars. These are commonly a four door cars with 4+ seats, which are fully covered with a fixed roof tops with full height up to the rear windows. Sedans are also known as Saloons in British English. Sedans have various classes and variants. It mostly contains of three box enclosed designs which simply means the three compartments containing engine in the first, passengers in second and cargo in third compartment. Centre compartment contains two rows for passengers with an adequate space for comfortable sitting. This is the most common style of cars.

Mercedes-Benz- S class " a sedan style car"
Mercedes-Benz- S class " a sedan style car"

SUV (Sport utility vehicle)

Sport Utility vehicles are large types of cars, which are fitted on small truck like chassis. SUVs are especially designed for off-road drives, commonly fitted with four doors. These cars have high ground clearance, comparatively big tyres, extreme power with high load carrying ability and good room for sitting. Some SUVs come with four wheel drive, whereas some with only two wheels drive. SUVs have many variants and types depending on the various uses. Few SUVs are fitted with luxurious interior which makes them very attractive and highly comfortable. Range Rover Evoque and Nissan Murano and Toyata Fortuner are the best examples of modern SUVs.

Toyota Fortuner- " A perfect Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)"
Toyota Fortuner- " A perfect Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)"


Wagon is also known as “Station wagon”. This is a variant of sedan style cars and very similar to hatchbacks. The main difference is of an extra gate available on the rare side. This gate can be either liftgate or tailgate. The roof is extended a little towards back which is shared by passengers or cargo or both. Wagons are mainly two box cars with three or mainly four pillars. Now you might be thinking that how does they differ from hatchbacks? The roof of the wagon styles of cars extend itself till the rare end of the car with its full height and have big windows on cargo side, whereas hatchbacks have curved roofs at rare end with very small windows or without windows on cargo side. You may look at Volkswagen Passat and compare this wagon with the hatchback above to understand it clearly.

Volkswagen-Passat " a Wagon style car"
Volkswagen-Passat " a Wagon style car"

I hope you enjoyed reading this hub about the various types of cars. You may like give your feedback in the comment section below. If, you are having any query then please, feel free to ask. Have a great time while driving your favourite type of car.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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        Jimmu varak 

        2 years ago

        Wow....the cars looking good while they have been used dream car is station wagon.....

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        3 years ago

        its ver nice I like to be your agent inTanzania

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        4 years ago

        Wow....the cars looking good while they have been used dream car is station wagon.....

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        6 years ago from New York City, NY

        Beautiful photos of the cars. I can't aspire to any of those, but I like looking at them.

        All I have is a Honda Insight hybrid. It is a red beauty and saves money in gas.


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