*They have different floorpans, however.
*They have different floorpans, however.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
So, based on the small sample size here in TCL world, it seems that hatch owners love their hatchbacks, and aren't dying to switch over to a sedan. There must be people who feel the same way about sedans, no?
It seems like hatchbacks gain versatility, yet give up nothing. Which makes it more puzzling that I sit in traffic and see a sea of sedans...
I think that sedans look a little more grown-up/serious. So in some moods, a sedan would be preferable.
I'm also pretty sure you have a wider field of view when the back window is closer to you, so that's an advantage of sedans.
But in some senses, "hatches," as a way to access your cargo space, completely prevail in America (well new england at least). Go to any parking lot, and between the hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs, and Minivans, Sedans are far outnumbered.
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It's really simpler than that, it's that sedans look bigger and this plays into psychology on both sides of the Atlantic.
In a society like ours where there is no perceived premium on space, the typical uninformed buyer will just take the biggest-looking car they can afford. This is why the Versa sells so well, and in sedan trim, too; for barely over $10k you get something the size of a MkIV Jetta. There's a really interesting version of this going on in India where the newly affluent middle class is absolutely gaga for what are effectively sedan versions of Japanese kei cars. There are road tax incentives to have a car under a specific length, and rather than buying a hatch with a longer wheelbase and more effective room, people will go for the micro-sedan instead.
On the other hand, go to a society where you've got to street park and work with a dense urban infrastructure that was built by a wealthy society before the automobile, such as most of Europe, and there's a stronger unconscious incentive to pick the car that looks shorter. There's also some culture here, too, as the explosion of hatchbacks in the late '70s and early '80s cemented them in the minds of a lot of people as the hipper alternative. Unlike in America, where a Rabbit was replacing a much "wealthier"-looking huge American car in someone's driveway, when cars like the Golf appeared in Europe they were replacing similar-sized awkward little sedans like Renault Dauphines with something that looked and felt vastly more modern.
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A sedan may not get a dirty rear window as easily, but once it is, you can only get outside the car and clean it yourself. Also, during winter, if you have just a tiny bit of snow left on the roof, it will automatically settle on your window and you need to wait for the defroster to melt everything away.
Last 7 cars I've owned were all hatches. Couple Focuses, a MK1 rabbit, and a few GTIs. I don't have kids, nor do I plan on having any so four doors is a complete waste for me, although the Focus hatch I have now is a 5 door... a 3 door hatch it all I really need.
The utility of the hatch is pretty awesome. When I had my 97 GTI VR6 I stuffed a solar cover for an olympic sized pool in the hatch, rolled up like a giant sleeping bag. It JUST fit. I mean... JUST... on all sides. But yeah, let's see you do that in a sedan.
I will probably always own a hatch of some flavor. Just too hooked on it that body style.
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God, no. I can't think of a single situation where I think, "Y'know, I wish I had saved about $4.00 a month and gotten a vehicle with less usable space and even worse weight distribution."
The only car that my wife and I had that didn't have a hatch were her VW Cabrio and her current BMW 325 convertible. The trunk is a pain in the ass and if it's not sunny out side we take one of our other cars. All of which have a hatch.
I've never really understood the appeal of a car with a trunk. They've always seemed so impractical to get stuff into and out of the cargo area. I also like having the rear window closer to the rear bumper. Makes backing out a bit easier because you don't have to judge that extra couple of feet before you hit something.
There have been times I wished I had the bigger trunk of a sedan instead of the small (with seats up) cargo area of a hatch. Ski trips being the biggie. I can only really take 2 other people for ski trips in my GTI, once you start adding gear the rear fills up too quickly. My Focus didn't suffer from this.
The other thing is... at least that I've experienced... the hatch structure is less rigid than a sedan. My GTI creaks and groans over driveways, speed bumps, etc. Its noticeable that its not very rigid, where a sedan has the extra bracing at the back seats and trunk line.
Otherwise the versatility of the hatch is awesome. My bikes fit in the back super easy. My 40" TV looked small in the back, where I would have struggled to fit it in my previous car.
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I've owned basically only sedans, save one, a MKIII GTI. We've always needed 4 doors because of our kids. I'm on my 4th truck however, and I'll never be with out a truck again. We've had a MKIV Jetta for the past 9 years, and have never has a problem moving stuff because of said truck. I will say that her next car will likely be a wagon of some flavor.
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