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'Sedan or SUV?'...the Quintessential Question!



The next time you drive around your neighbourhood, take a good look at the cars parked in your neighbours’ driveways. Notice the number of SUVs around? Nope, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The rise in popularity in these tall-riding vehicles is nothing short of meteoric – in fact, the yearly volumes of the mid-size sedan segment have shrunk from over 1,80,000 units in FY16 to less than 1,00,000 FY20. On the other hand, the yearly volumes of utility vehicles, the likes of which are Maruti’s Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta, have touched around 9.5 lakh units currently as against 5.8 lakh units in FY16, a growth of 64% over the past five years. Today the price at which one buys a sedan is the same as that of the SUV, which driving consumers towards them.



So, let's say you are in the market to buy a new car, probably scratching your head and thinking, “Which is better? A sedan or SUV?” Fret not, this blog is just for you.


Firstly, let us get the basics out of the way.


What is a 'Sedan'?

A sedan is a passenger vehicle composed of three major compartments or “boxes”(engine, passenger, and cargo), all separate from each other. That is why it is commonly referred to as the “three-box configuration”. The passenger compartment typically has two rows of seats, with a standard seating capacity of up to five passengers, including the driver.


What is an 'SUV'?

You’ve likely heard the term SUV used as a word to describe larger sized vehicles. However, there’s the actual meaning behind the acronym SUV, and it stands for Sports Utility Vehicle.

A traditional SUV is designed with off-road purposes in mind, so all-wheel-drive, ladder-frame chassis and large ground clearances are almost always found on these vehicles. In recent times though, the term SUV has also been commonly used to cover what is essentially called crossovers. These cars are mostly based on existing models and platforms but jacked up to portray a tough SUV-like image. Off-road capabilities are optional, so they are generally more “car-like”, with a plusher ride and comfortable interior.


Well, they both have something to offer that the other doesn’t. Here are a few pros and cons listed, that will help in making your crucial decision.


Pros of a Sedan:


VERY FUEL-EFFICIENT

One of the biggest pluses for the sedan is that it has always been very fuel-efficient. Newer models can really give you a great bang for your buck, so if you are planning on driving on paved roads a lot during your trip, this can be a great way to reduce your overall cost.


EASIER TO DRIVE

Though sedans are closer to the ground, they are smaller, which makes them easier to drive, especially in cities.


BETTER FOR YOUR BUDGET

Sedans are cheaper to buy and more economical to run. If you want to get out and see more nature or to travel to the outskirts of your destination on a budget, a sedan can be a great choice.


GREAT PERFORMANCE

Sedans have always enjoyed great performance, which is why it’s considered much easier to drive.


BETTER SEAT ADJUSTMENT

Though SUVs are higher up, they are often not friendly for tall drivers. Sedans however often have more control over things like seat adjustments, so you can drive more comfortably.


GREAT SAFETY FEATURES

Sedans offer many advanced safety features nowadays, which can offer peace of mind for those travelling with their kids.


MORE LUXURIOUS

Just as newer Sedans can offer many great safety features, they also come in varying levels of luxury. Meaning you can choose your level of luxury and ride in style.


Cons of a Sedan:


NOT GREAT FOR TOWING

Sedans are passenger vehicles. They are great for city break trips or for simple road trips. They are not built to tow anything, and therefore not ideal if you want to go camping or enjoy water sports.


NOT GOOD FOR OFF-ROADING

Sedans are city cars and are not suitable for off-roading. I wouldn’t recommend buying a sedan for a camping trip.


Pros of an SUV:


SPACE

SUVs have a lot more space from the seating area, to the trunk. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage or driving for long periods of time, SUVs are far more comfortable to be in.


ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

SUVs have all-wheel drive, and are therefore much better for off-roading or just travelling through an area suffering from extreme weather conditions. As it is high up, it can even drive through flooded areas without drowning.


HIGHER VISIBILITY

As you are higher up, you see more of the road. This can help you drive more safely.


MORE PASSENGERS

SUVs have room for more passengers and are therefore ideal if you have a big group going with you.


GOOD FOR TOWING

If you are towing anything, this is the vehicle to do it with.


Cons of an SUV:


NOT AS STYLISH

SUVs are utility vehicles with loads of presence, so if you are looking for a sleek, luxury vehicle it is better to for a sedan.


CAN BE WORSE IN FUEL ECONOMY

Though there have been great leaps in terms of fuel economy for the SUV, it still doesn’t compare to the Sedan.


CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DRIVE

Driving an SUV in the city can be very difficult due to the tight turns and height limitations on parking lots.


Which One is Right for You?


If you are deciding on which will be right for you, ask yourself these questions: 1. What Are Your Vacations Going To Be Like? 2. Where Will You Be Going? 3. How Much Can You Stretch On Your Budget?


There’s a lot to keep in mind when choosing between a Sedan vs SUV, but hopefully, this article helps you a bit. After all, the car you drive should fit your lifestyle and meet your needs in the end. Will a Sedan or SUV do that? Only you can decide!


Stay Safe & Happy Motoring!!!

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