Different Car segments in India - MotoJunkie

 Different Car segments in India explained

India has been a big market for automobiles and is fourth biggest automobile market in the world. Besides, we are the fourth largest passenger vehicle producer in the world too. we have all kinds of cars, be it hatchbacks, sedans, executive sedans, SUVs, MPVs and much more. But, whats makes then fall under such category? We are here to guide you through this and after this you will be easily able to recognize which car belongs to which car segment and which one should you buy it. So let's get started.

Segment-wise classisfication:

A- segment:

  This class of cars include the entry level cars which one prefers on upgrading from a two wheeler. Very compact in size and easy to drive in traffic. The entry level hatchbacks fall under this segment.Ex: Maruti Alto 800, Maruti WagonR, Hyundai Santro. These are generally power by a 800cc-1.0L engine


This is also called as subcompact car segment. The cars falling under this categories does not extend 4m mark in length. These cars are powered by 1.2L to 1.5L engines.We have subcompact hatchbacks, sedans and even SUVs. This category includes Tata Tiago, Tata Nexon, Tata Altroz, Maruti Dzire, Brezza, Swift,Baleno, Hyundai Venue, Grand i10Nios, Aura, i20, Mahindra XUV300,etc


This is the compact car segment. The cars here are longer than four meters and goes till 4.5m. Generally powered by a 1.5-1.8L engine. We have SUVs and sedans dominating this category. This includes Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Maruti Ciaz and many more.


This segment of cars are longer then 4 meters, they offer tremendous space and feature and luxury. These are powered by 1.6L to 2.0L engines.  These comprises of Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia, Honda civic, Audi A3, Merced C-Class, BMW 3-series.


The E here stands for executive. The cars belonging to this category are super luxury and spacious. These have engine capacity over 2L. These contain cars like Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-7-series, Jaguar XF, Audi A5, Volvo S90.


These cars are full luxury saloon cars so, you can expect a 7-star hotel room on wheels. These cars are ultra luxury and ultra expensive too. These includes Mercedes S-class, Maybach, Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW 8-series.

I guess that's enough for car segments, but there is something more. We Indians love big things a lot, which shows that that we tend to buy more SUVs than any other category of car. First, we will discuss about the different categories then we will jump for the SUV topic.So they are:

Hatchbacks: Hatchbacks got their name from the mechanism of their boot lid, which opens upward known as hatch. Hatchbacks are small cars which are easy o drive through and doesn't cost a bank. Ex- Maruti Swift, Volkswagon Polo

Sedans: Sedan is the car which every child draws when asked to draw a car. It has the three box design, one for engine second seat and third boot. There are different sedans like hatchback sedans, fastback sedans, coupe sedan. Ex- Honda City Skoda Rapid

MUV/MPV: These are Multi Purpose or Utility Vehicles used as people movers. They have a great seating capacity to accommodate large numbers. Ex- Maruti Eeco, Ertiga, Toyota Innova

SUV: Sport Utility Vehicle are vehicles which have capability to go off road and have a high ground clearance. These were generally 4WD/AWD. SUVs have grown so much and we have different categories of SUVs available for each one of us.

  1. Micro SUV: These are very small in size and belong to A segments. These cars are for those who wants SUV appeal for very less budget. However, these cannot go off the road. SUV are popular in India mainly due to bad roads which these can glide over.Ex- Maruti S-presso, Tata HBX, Mahindra KUV100
  2. Subcompact SUVs: As the name suggests these are B class SUVs. They are also very small but have a lot of road presence. Currently, this is the most selling SUV segment in India. It has cars like Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Honda WRV, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport. All these are crossover SUV or what I like to call them as Pseudo SUVs. These are based on the crossovers or hatch of the same segments and are just jacked up cars which looks big and has high ground clearance.
  3. Compact SUV: These are larger than 4m in length and this category also contains crossovers. It consists of Hundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti S-cross, Renault Duster.
  4. Mid size SUVs: This category of SUVs have some which you could take them off road as well. These are big in size and belongs to D car segments. This comprises of MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, Mahindra Scorpio, Mahindra XUV500, Skoda Karoq, Volkwagon T-Roc, Hyundai Tucson.
  5. Full size SUvs: These are the real big SUVs, these are the reason why people fantasize SUVs. These are massive cars with massive road presence and off-road capability. This segments consists of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero, Mahindra Alturus G4, Volkswagon Tiguan All Space, Skoda Kodiaq, Honda CRV.
  6. Luxury SUVs: These cars are definitely big in size but also hosts a lot of premiumness and luxury inside them. These are Range Rovers, Mercedes E-class, G-Wagon, BMW X5, X7.
  7. Hardcore Offroader: This category consists of cars which are meant only to ride the off-roads, they have insane capabilities. They include Mahindra Thar, Maruti Gypsy, Force Gurkha, Range Rover Defender.
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