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    Thread: Hatchback drivers ever wish they had a sedan instead?

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      10-10-2012 11:08 AM #51
      I've owned two sedans and hated both of them (not counting my wife's current Jetta). Hatchbacks, wagons, or small SUVs for me.
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      10-10-2012 11:11 AM #52
      I've owned multiple hatches and sedans.
      I prefer the hatches mostly for their practicality and versatility.
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      10-10-2012 11:14 AM #53
      My Mk6 Golf had a pretty useless trunk, seats up. To the point where I couldn't goto the beach or a camping trip with 4 friends in it. One cooler and the space was almost eaten up. Thank you independent rear suspension!

      My new BMW has a larger (or more usefully shaped?) trunk. And my Audi A4 before the Golf had a cavernous trunk... I honestly think it was something like 17 or 18 cu ft or something like that.

      With the seats folded down in my BMW, I could fit a flat-screen TV, or lots of IKEA boxes. If I need to haul something extremely bulky - it wouldn't fit in the hatch of my Golf anyway... so I call up my father and bring the XC70.

      I prefer sedans after owning
      - 3 hatches
      - 1 wagons
      - 2 sedans

      I love real wagons tho... but I don't need one yet. I'd get a wagon in a heartbeat when I have kids. Like my dad did. Same handling and interior as a sedan, but with a huge (25-35cu-ft) trunk!.

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      10-10-2012 11:22 AM #54
      Sometimes I've wished for a less exposed cargo area, but then I spent $75 on a cargo area cover and that was pretty much it. Concealed storage can be nice. But I've never wished for less cargo versatility.
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      10-10-2012 11:23 AM #55
      ^^^ You are also comparing a small car to a mid-sized car. I would think that a better comparison would be your MK6 Golf to a Jetta sedan or the like.

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      10-10-2012 11:25 AM #56
      Had a sedan in college, have had nothing but SUVs and then hatchbacks ever since. Never considered going back. Just so much more practical, not to mention I think they look much cooler.
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    7. 10-10-2012 11:28 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      I'm sure we're both right.. There are plenty of different vehicles out there.

      When I said "can secure the trunk," I was referring to the ones that have locking trunk releases and seat backs.
      Where are you parking that you are that concerned with smash and grabs?
      Even in the lower socioeconomic areas around here I feel safe enough to no worry about smash and grabs.

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      10-10-2012 11:28 AM #58
      I'm more of a coupe guy myself, having owned only a single 4 door car in my life. However, I have owned hatchbacks (currently have one) and a couple of cars with a traditional trunk/trunk lid (like the current mustang). I definitely see the utility of the hatchback. Even the crossfire had an impressive amount of rear storage space for its size and shape. I'm currently in the process of moving from an apt to a house and it's been an interesting experience. There have been times where I wondered if certain items would have fit in my old GTI, instead of having to rely on the GFs Tucson (which has been very nice to have!). In reality though, despite the limitations of the layout, the mustang has been pretty handy with the seats down.

      Still, at the ripe age of 36, I have little use for the practicalities of a hatchback, wagon, or SUV in 90% of circumstances. I probably should have just gotten a used Lotus Elise as even the mustang has more space than I really need or typically use.

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      10-10-2012 11:29 AM #59
      Went from 2 gtis to a mustang. I really miss the hatchback. Especially the rear wiper on rainy days where you can't go fast enough(highway) to air off the rear window. Also miss the space. But the v8 has me overlooking that side of practicality

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      10-10-2012 11:31 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by digraph View Post
      I think that sedans look a little more grown-up/serious.
      I want to avoid being (or looking) too grown-up and serious for as long as I can ;-)

      I never regret my hatchback. Great flexiblility, so much more enjoyable and tossable than an overweighted/poor performing SUV. Can swallow a entire set of dive gear with no problem :-)

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      10-10-2012 11:34 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by Krazee View Post
      I think it is more the perception that a trunk presents greater security than a hatch.

      Not perception, reality for most hatches/wagons. When the greatest car in the world is broken into, mkiii, the only thing protecting hatch contents is a piece of heavy cardboard covered in soft dash felt. All the sedans ive been in have locking rear seats/no fold rear seats.

      Sometimes I wish I had a sedan instead my "wagon" due to the backboom and generally noisy ride compared to sedans. But I love the utility of a hatch shape due to the seating area when booting up for snowboarding.
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      10-10-2012 11:35 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Lujess View Post
      I want to avoid being (or looking) too grown-up and serious for as long as I can ;-)

      I never regret my hatchback. Great flexiblility, so much more enjoyable and tossable than an overweighted/poor performing SUV. Can swallow a entire set of dive gear with no problem :-)
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      ...Unless you need to carry more than two people along with all that dive gear. Just sayin'. Bigger utility vehicles always have a place, and the Golf is pretty limited when it comes to hauling both gear and people, or a whole lotta gear. That's why I have a commuter and an SUV, and that's why a lot of folks prefer wagons to hatches.
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      10-10-2012 11:36 AM #63
      No.

      Though I have wished the opposite at times...that my sedan was a hatch.

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      10-10-2012 11:37 AM #64
      No, but sometimes I wish I had a wagon instead

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      10-10-2012 11:38 AM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      ...Unless you need to carry more than two people along with all that dive gear. Just sayin'. Bigger utility vehicles always have a place, and the Golf is pretty limited when it comes to hauling both gear and people, or a whole lotta gear. That's why I have a commuter and an SUV, and that's why a lot of folks prefer wagons to hatches.
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      10-10-2012 11:39 AM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by koston. View Post
      Not perception, reality for most hatches/wagons. When the greatest car in the world is broken into, mkiii, the only thing protecting hatch contents is a piece of heavy cardboard covered in soft dash felt. All the sedans ive been in have locking rear seats/no fold rear seats.
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      Smash and grabs are opportunistic, though. If it's out of sight, nobody's gonna take the chance of breaking in and spending a few minutes rooting around on the chance that they might find something. S&Gs happen when some dolt leaves their purse, laptop case, wallet, or whatever right there on the seat, and somebody just breaks the window and ganks it in a second and a half.
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      10-10-2012 11:40 AM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by Lujess View Post
      ...Unless you need to carry more than two people along with all that dive gear. Just sayin'. Bigger utility vehicles always have a place, and the Golf is pretty limited when it comes to hauling both gear and people, or a whole lotta gear. That's why I have a commuter and an SUV, and that's why a lot of folks prefer wagons to hatches.
      Yes, good point....my wife drives a Highlander.....

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    18. 10-10-2012 11:41 AM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      ...Unless you need to carry more than two people along with all that dive gear. Just sayin'. Bigger utility vehicles always have a place, and the Golf is pretty limited when it comes to hauling both gear and people, or a whole lotta gear. That's why I have a commuter and an SUV, and that's why a lot of folks prefer wagons to hatches.
      Yep, I prefer a wagon over hatchbacks.
      I prefer wagons over almost anything.

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      10-10-2012 11:42 AM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by helement2003 View Post
      No.

      Though I have wished the opposite at times...that my sedan was a hatch.
      Honestly, I have to wonder why sedans exist sometimes. Even if you prefer the sedan profile, a liftback just makes SO much more sense. I think people are just in the habit of getting sedans, or something. I know preferences are subjective....but every sedan owner I know has had the problem of not being able to fit a bunch of IKEA stuff or a Home Depot run or a friend's bike or something into their car. And then they call me and ask if they can use my 4Runner.
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      10-10-2012 11:49 AM #70
      I am always puzzled when I hear people say how sedans are not practical. I have put more into my Jetta then could have ever fit in the Golf/GTI of the same generation. It just takes more thought on how things need to be packed in. Granted there are some items that it can be difficult to get into a sedan (if at all) such as a loveseat (or similar sized item) where a hatch would be nice (I have friends with trucks for that kind of stuff ). However, seats folded down in both, I will stick to saying that my sedan can hold a greater volume than a hatch of the same generation.
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    22. 10-10-2012 11:58 AM #72
      No.
      I have tought switching to a sedan, I´d like to get a sedan, but when almost everyday im using the hatch, from hauling boxes for shippings, moving small compressors, buying tables, chairs, medium sized home appliances, electric stuff, tools, and all kinds of stuff.

      Honestly, my life is easier with that car. Period.

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      10-10-2012 12:00 PM #73
      I've had hatchbacks and wagons and sedans. I prefer the looks of a sedan or coupe vs a wagon or hatch. It's really that simple.







      I will have another.




      Oh, and I've never had a problem backing up a sedan in the rain.
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      10-10-2012 12:01 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Sharpix View Post
      No.
      I have tought switching to a sedan, I´d like to get a sedan, but when almost everyday im using the hatch, from hauling boxes for shippings, moving small compressors, buying tables, chairs, medium sized home appliances, electric stuff, tools, and all kinds of stuff.
      I use a truck or SUV for that and have the sedan for driving and for carrying people. My hatchback is too small for carrying stuff in it, and too small to really carry people, so I want another sedan.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

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      10-10-2012 12:18 PM #75
      I have, only because a trunk is sealed and more secure, though if they get it they get in...out of sight, out of mind.
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