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?

Simon Ostler
Jul 31, 2020

Ever wondered how a car could have five doors? You would think that most cars you look at have only got four doors - two on each side, but in the case of hatchbacks, the boot hatch is also counted a door because you can technically use them to gain access to the car, hence the five-door definition.

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. Their wide boot openings and practical shape means there's plenty of space for luggage and passengers.

They've become extremely popular in more recent times and these days the vast majority of new cars produced are five-door models. The only exceptions are two-door coupes and four-door saloons, although they are both produced and purchased in much smaller numbers, and the Mini Clubman, which is technically classed as a six-door thanks to its side-opening hatch.

You can also get three-door versions of some smaller five-door cars, such as the Vauxall Corsa or Mini Hatchback, although these are less practical for rear-seat passengers, and sales number have been on a decline for some years now, leading some manufacturers to drop the three-door format altogether.

Why choose a 5-door?

Five-door cars have become the standard mode of transport in the 21st Century, they're by far the most popular choice in terms of practicality for families, but the availability of hot hatches means they're can also be extremely good fun to drive as well.

They are much more practical than three-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 and ease of use for rear-seated passengers, mostly because people can get into the rear more easily. 5-door hatchback style cars generally offer much taller and larger boots than four-door saloons too.

What cars can I get in 5-door style?

If youโ€™re in the market for a five-door car, youโ€™re in luck, there are literally hundreds of options in a variety of body styles. You have the compact supermini, the ever-practical family hatchback, high-riding crossovers and SUVs, and people carriers.

In terms of specific models, the world really is your oyster. Options range from the Ford Focus, to the Nissan Qashqai, and Range Rover. Even Mercedes and BMW who traditionally only offered two and four-door cars are in on it in 2020, with the A-Class and 1-series respectively.

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