When choosing a new car, you might have to decide whether to go for a three door or a five door model – each option has its own advantages, depending on your situation and the sort of storage and carriage needs you have. Three door cars are generally better if you don’t need to carry passengers very often, while five door cars can be a stronger option for families. However, there are many marques and car types that make the most of available space within three door cars, or that find ways to keep five door cars sleek and performance driven – it’s worth, then, comparing different brands for their unique features.
Three Doors :
Owning a three door car typically involves having two front doors and a boot, with the front seats able to be moved forward and backwards to let people in and out – the front doors for these cars also tend to be longer to account for their moving seats. Three door cars can be sleeker and more sports oriented than five door cars – examples include the BMW 1 and 3 Series hatchbacks – and are a sound option if you don’t have regular passengers in the back of your vehicle.
Three door cars also tend to be cheaper to buy than five door cars, albeit only by a relatively small margin – the cost savings that you make on price are sometimes, though, mitigated by a lower sell on value for the second hand market; this is due to five door cars offering easier access and greater flexibility for families. Whether depreciation affects a particular three door model can vary, however, depending on its brand and the efficient design of adjustable front seats and folding back seats – most top of the range hatchbacks are set up to be easily modified depending on your circumstances.
Still, though, five door cars are generally a better idea for families and drivers that have regular passengers – by having two rear door seats, you don’t have to slide your front seats forward every time someone wants to get in or out. As well as making things much easier for families with children, the five door option for a car can be better for elderly passengers and anyone that finds it uncomfortable to get in and out of a vehicle through its front doors.
The amount of driving that you do will similarly affect whether a three or a five door car is right for you. If your driving mostly involves short trips, and if you don’t need to transport many items, you’ll have less of a need to have extra doors at the back of a car. However, family trips abroad, and any situation where people need to get in and out of a car multiple times during the day, can mean that having five doors cuts down on access problems.
When looking for a new car, then, deciding on whether you want a three or a five model effectively comes down to your lifestyle and preference for storage and ease of access. Moreover, the wide range of cars that maximise space in three door hatchbacks, or that boost the performance features of five door cars, allows you significant choice around seating options – models and brands like the BMW 1 and 3 Series, the Audi, and the Mini Hatch are particularly recommended, in this respect.
Author Bio :
Ryan Holman blogs about the latest car buying trends, and is always on the look out for innovations in vehicle design. He is currently working with Cooper BMW to raise awareness of the extremely popular BMW 118 engine.