Not sure which car model to choose? Here's a handy lifestyle guide
Posted by: Cal on 16/05/2014
From wagons to convertibles to sedans, there are many different kinds of vehicle out there. With so many options, it can be hard to know just what to choose. Luckily there are a few things to take into consideration to help you figure out what might be best. For example, do you need a lot of space, or would you like a small vehicle with great fuel efficiency?
Here's a bit more about a few of the different models on offer and how they might work for your lifestyle.
If you're looking for a small vehicle with good fuel efficiency that you can run about town in, a hatchback is a viable option.
These cars have raise-open doors at the back offering plenty of storage space while the overall size of the vehicle remains compact. In addition to this, they will often have two side doors instead of the traditional four.
As they are relatively small-sized vehicles, they burn through less fuel than many other options, making them perfect for the cost-conscious buyer. Plus, they're great run-arounds for the city thanks to their easy handling and small size, making them easy to park and dart around narrow streets.
A sedan will traditionally be larger than a hatchback and have a longer look to it, with four doors and a standard car boot. Within the sedan family, there are smaller and larger models with ranging engine power.
These vehicles are good for families as they can comfortably fit four or five people and have a bit more grunt to them. You can choose from a basic model or opt for a more luxurious variety - how does a Rolls Royce phantom sound?
Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, offer increased engine power and durability. Also referred to as 'four-wheel drives', they have off-road capabilities. They're characterised by their higher off-ground stature, powerful engines and box-like shape. They tend to have a spacious interior for passengers and storage, so you can bring all your outdoors equipment along. Jeeps and Range Rovers are some of the brands offering the SUV experience.
They're perfect for those drivers who take their vehicle out of the city and onto rural roads, off-road terrain and 4x4 tracks. Just made sure you've got the right tyres for the job, and be prepared to burn through a bit of fuel.
There are also crossover SUV models available, which combine the outdoorsy abilities of the car with the city driving experience, offering better fuel economy and a smoother ride. All-terrain tyres are usually standard for a crossover vehicle.
Vans, also known colloquially as 'people movers', keep things practical, offering plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. They're identified by their long, rectangular shape and often have one sliding door granting access to the vehicle.
Depending on size, a van can accommodate up to 10 or 15 people, while a standard family sized model will comfortably fit seven to nine individuals.
These cars are often good options for elderly or disabled people as their spacious interior and wide door space make getting in and out of the vehicle much easier.
If you want to be the king or queen of cool, a convertible is the way to go. These cars have retractable roofs, so when the sun is shining you can pop the top down and drive with the wind in your hair. There are both hard-top and soft-top options available.
These cars are popular for those in warmer climates where rain isn't much of an issue. As they are a slightly less practical option with little passenger or cargo space, many convertible owners use the vehicle as their second car for when the weather is good and they feel like a spin.
Which kind of car is your favourite, and what do you think suits your lifestyle best?