What is a 5-door car?

You're in the market for a new car, and you want something practical. But what is a 5-door car?

May 31, 2018

Five door cars are by far and away the most popular type of vehicle in the UK. These include stalwarts of British roads like the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, and Vauxhall Astra.

But on the surface, these look like they only have four doors. Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. Doors are doors, but sometimes boots are also doors.

The boots on these cars, known as hatchbacks, count as doors as you can enter the car directly via them. Ok, it’s not easy, but you can do it if you take away the parcel shelf and climb over the rear seats.

If you can get into a car via the boot, it counts as a door. As soon as you remember that, it becomes easy to know how many ‘doors’ a car has.

Why choose a 5-door?

5-door cars are much more practical than 3-door cars. Mathematicians among you will be able to work out that 5-door cars have two more doors than 3-door cars, thus improving practicality. Mostly because people can get into the rear more easily. 5-door hatchback style cars generally offer much taller and larger boots than saloons too.

What cars can I get in 5-door style?

If you’re in the market for a 5-door car, you’re in luck, there are literally hundreds of options. These range from the Ford Focus, to the Nissan Qashqai, and Range Rover. Even Mercedes and BMW, who traditionally only offered 2 and 4-door cars, are in on it. Mercedes has the A-Class and BMW’s got its 1-series.

Read more about:

Latest jargon busters

  1. What is PCP?

  2. Mpg meaning & WLTP: can you trust the new fuel economy test?

  3. What is Nissan ProPilot?

What our customers say