MANILA: Although sedans remain in high demand in the Philippines, hatchbacks are gaining favors and boasting interests of buyers, especially in the compact segment. The popularity of hatches can be seen from the sales figures this segment is achieving and with the new launch of 2016 Mirage, the market has again started buzzing. But, with already existing players in the compact sedan segment like Honda Brio Amaze and Suzuki Dzire, people often have dilemma while making a buying decision. Which one to go for, a sedan or a hatchback? Obviously, there is a significant gap in their prices. But, this debate is full of extremists, those preferring hatch, cite fuel economy as the top reasons and those siding sedans, fall for their big car feel.
At the end of the day, it is more of a personal choice, which car to bring home. If you are in the hatchback court, we have enough reasons to support your decision, but that doesn't mean we will make sedan supporters feel out of place. We have ample reasons to make sedan lovers happy too.
So here are few Pros and Cons of hatchbacks to take you out from dilemma.
Literally designed for urban families, hatches are compact and low on maintenance with a better fuel economy than sedans. A perfect drive for daily commuting, from drives to the office or to markets, the hatchback is an ideal drive for urban kind of setup.
When you opt for a hatch, you are definitely in for added flexibility as most hatches provide an option where the user can tumble the rear seats in order to liberate more cargo space. In a chase to offer supreme comfort with space, no other segment has undergone as many changes as hatchback over the time and all the modifications and alterations have done a good job. You might find a sedan more spacious and roomier from inside, but ‘THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID’, all things aren't the same as they look. Unlike sedans, a hatchback doesn't have a separate boot space and with the split-folding rear seatbacks, you can gain more cargo space within minutes.
Yes, that's true. You can enjoy the luxurious interior as in the most expensive cars without adding extra exterior dimensions to your hatchback. These hatchbacks in the compact segment are somewhat smaller than their sedan counterparts, allowing you to enjoy a city drive without any difficulty in parking and maneuvering at places where space is a constraint.
Often hatchbacks come with a higher roofline as compared to sedans and this advantage gives its passengers a better headroom so that they won't have to slouch and hurt their back and neck.
Most of the hatchbacks are relatively affordable than sedans and are within the reach of a middle-class family or first-buyers. They are termed as an idyllic choice for the younger generation and that's not all guys, hatchback pays you well also when you decide to sell it off. They have the better resale value and in some cases even better than their sedan counterparts. For the first time buyers, it seems a very good deal, as when you are done with it, you can sell it at a very good amount and can get upgrade to a better car.
Now that you have seen few of the reasons to buy a hatchback, let's not disappoint our sedan lovers also.
Sometimes enjoying the perks of a hatchback can cost you few bucks at the pump station. As they are less aerodynamic and shorter in length, few hatchbacks get behind in the fuel economy department.
The biggest flaw of a hatchback is no privacy of luggage at all. If a liftgate and a trunk are made as options, most of us will go for a locking trunk as they offer great privacy and security of our luggage. In hatchbacks, a rear window is there, which offers an easy view of its cargo space and can be easily broken by thieves. However, now we have modern hatchbacks also, which provide a privacy tray that can hide items in the cargo area.
So here you have it both, the pros and the cons of a hatchback. Now it's up to you which one to bring in your driveway. Do share with us in comments about what would you prefer - a liftgate or a trunk?