In today’s automobile market, there are many types of cars when it comes to style, size and segment. Car manufacturers keep changing and bringing new dynamic car body styles to suit the needs of Indian customers. It can often be confusing to choose the right car style and size for convenience and comfort. We have made a list of all the possible sizes and styles from the market along with the car that falls under the category to help you get a better understanding. Below are the different car body types.


This is a car that is small and comes with a rear door that opens to show the boot space to keep your luggage. Apart from the rear door it also has four doors. There are also two-door hatchbacks available in the market. 

The drivetrain in these models is front-wheel to propel the vehicle, although performance-oriented hatchbacks use the rear-wheel or the front-wheel drive to propel. 

Below are some cars that fall under this category of car body type:

  • Renault Kwid
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno
  • Hyundai i20
  • Tata Tiago
  • Maruti Suzuki Swift
  • Maruti Suzuki WagonR


The Sedan features a separate boot space and passenger space. This car type also comes with 4 doors and has a rear door. This car is designed as a 3-box configuration, the engine, passengers and cargo. These cars have more room and are highly comfortable to drive in. Below are some of the popular sedans available in India: 

  • Skoda Rapid
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Toyota Corolla
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Honda City
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Compact Sedan

The compact sedan is perfect for those who are looking to buy a small car. The car is only 4m or so in length. 

The advantage of this car is the pricing factor, car manufacturers developed accordingly and gave a perfect car with all the features and at the same time making it compact.The car resembles a sedan, has 4 doors to enter, a rear door for boot space, although less roomy than a normal sedan. Below are some of the popular compact sedans available in India. 

  • Honda Amaze
  • Hyundai Xcent
  • Volkswagen Ameo
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire
  • Tata Tigor

Micro car

Another compact car, this car is quite inexpensive and practical to drive around. These cars promote cheaper petrol costs and are convenient for a small family. In India, the popular company Tata Motors has taken the opportunity to make a microcar called the Tata Nano and is widely sold throughout the country. 


A coupe can be classified as a good 2-door car that has many features and is mostly on the Higher end of the car segment. It is a sporty car and offers high engine and powertrain options. 

Currently, Coupes have a 4-door option as well, offering the same sporty stance. While this car may not be the first choice of many Indians in India, it is popular for its features and is an acquired taste of the small segment of car enthusiasts. 

Below are some of the popular coupes available in India: 

  • Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe
  • Ford Mustang
  • Audi R8

Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)

A sports utility vehicle is a perfect combination of a coupe and a passenger vehicle and offers more room. SUVs are adaptable on different terrains, have higher ground clearance, and have multiple off-roading capabilities. 

SUVs are now highly used on urban roads and not just for off-roading purposes. Below are some of the popular SUVs available in India:

  • Toyota Fortuner
  • Tata Safari
  • BMW X5
  • Jeep Compass
  • Range Rover
  • MG Hector 

Multipurpose Vehicle (MPV)

Multipurpose or minivans are becoming a widely convenient car for many Indians. Cars like these have a larger interior space and serve as a purpose of multiple convenience factors. 

Below are some of the MPVs available in India:

  • Mahindra Marazzo
  • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga XL6
  • Toyota Innova Crysta
  • Maruti Suzuki Eeco
  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Renault Lodgy

Here is the possible list of different car body types available in the market. Do tell us your favourite car body type from the list. 

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