This is a topic of discussion that is highly debatable, especially considering the different types of terrains in India. And yet, we list out a few things to show you why your next car should be a Sedan and not an SUV.

Sedans have ruled the roads across the globe for a long time. Basically bought for comfort, engaging performance and reliability, most sedans have been a favourite for decades. However, the plethora of affordable SUVs that come in all shapes, sizes and budgets caused the downfall of sedans in recent years in many countries.

With options available in SUVs like a buffet at a grand Indian wedding, an average Indian buyer is more likely to look into it, and this has been a cause of concern for sedans here. Despite this, manufacturers are betting big on their sedans and loading them with features and not to forget the stunning looks, that could turn over a new leaf and take on its rivals even from the SUV segment.

When it comes to the basics of why sedans were the kings of tarmac for so long, the intensity of the reasons has only been amplified.

  1. Space

    Hyundai Verna 2020's scenic view
    Hyundai Verna 2020 interiors

    Firstly it has to be the focus on space. Sedans are usually chosen because they offer a more spacious cabin than Compact SUVs or hatchbacks at the same price bracket. It is a given that Compact SUVs definitely have more headroom as they are taller but due to the longer wheelbase in sedans, they provide more than sufficient legroom that creates an ample amount of space between the 2 rows. This makes the cabin feel more spacious and airy when compared to some Compact SUVs which make you feel claustrophobic at the back.

  2. Comfort & Luxury

    2020 Honda City Interior
    2020 Honda City Interior

    When it comes to riding comfort, a sedan is always better simply because it has better and more comfortable seats accompanied by a smoother ride. The smoother ride is courtesy of a softer tuned suspension setup to make the ride less bumpy and hence enhancing the ride quality. As long as the road is good, as in highways and in most cities, there is nothing quite like driving or being driven around in a sedan. If you go higher up the food chain, the most luxurious cars in the world are all sedans and that is for a reason.

  3. Performance

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    The Skoda Octavia vRS

    The driving performance also favours the sedans more than the compact and sub-compact SUVs. A lower centre of gravity means that the car is more planted not only during aggressive speeds in corners but also during spirited highway runs. The lower height of the car adds up to the lower drag co-efficient when compared to the large bulky SUVs which means you can go faster while having more control at the same time.

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  4. Fuel-Efficiency

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    Fuel Efficiency

    The advantage of having a lower drag coefficient extends to sedans being more frugal as well. It is because of this that even with more powerful engines, sedans achieve better fuel efficiency figures. SUVs and Compact SUVs not only have high drag co-efficient but are also large and bulky resulting in poor mileage irrespective of any kind of fuel they run on.

  5. Boot Space

    Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Boot Space
    Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Boot Space

    When you compare the sedans and SUVs above 30 lakh, the competition is fierce and the debate may never end but when you compare the SUVs, compact SUVs and sedans below 25 lakh, then the result is very clear and sedans always come out on top. SUVs like Creta, Duster and Harrier definitely have a lot of boot space, but hold on, sedans like the Ciaz, Verna and Octavia give you almost the same if not more for a lesser price. A small but very important point is that the loading lip of sedans is much lower than SUVs which makes it so much easier to lift and stuff the luggage into the boot.

Finally, when it comes to buying a car, we all can agree that there are many more factors that play an important role in deciding the car of choice and with this article we are not trying to prove that Sedans are better, NO. What we are trying to say is that there are a whole lot of options to consider and do not fall into the SUV bandwagon which the whole world is into.

Of course, higher ground clearance is important but come on, we’re 100% sure that the places you want to visit even in other states have pretty good roads especially with the Government pushing to build better roads throughout India. And, everybody knows how much off-roading one actually does after spending buck loads of money on a 4×4 SUV. We’re not telling it’s useless but we know an average person uses it less.

Last but not the least, it boils down to one’s requirements and budget. What we provide in articles like these are only opinions and choosing between them is always in your hands. We understand that you’re investing a whole lot of money while buying a new car and that’s the reason we wanna make sure you don’t regret buying it. After you list out the requirements and finalize it between 2 or 3 cars that checks all your boxes, then between them always listen to your heart and not the brain.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. No you are awfully wrong. SUVs score on all parameters and sedan doesn’t. I have been using sedan and SUV for over two decades of various brands

    • Your experience is worth more than anything and we really do have respect for that but the parameters that define your purchase might not be the same for everyone else. This article is to explain that SUVs are not the only answer for all your requirements and sedans are also an option and we have highlighted a few key parameters where sedans are better. We do not have any intentions of wrongly influencing people to buy a sedan over an SUV. We urge people to make a checklist that suits their requirements and accordingly make the purchase. As stated in the article, what we provide is only an opinion and the decision is always left to you. 🙂

  2. I feel that you’re not comparing SUVs with sedans, rather compact (sub 4mtr) SUVs to latter. If you look at the bracket of below 25 lacs, you get to choose between some good sedans as well as some value for money 7 seater SUVs like Mahindra and Tata models. What sets the SUVs apart is the King of the road feeling and overall nature of the vehicle to take on any raid condition. Right now, below 25 lac class, many of the SUVs still offer manual gearboxes rather than sedan which seem to push towards automatic options. And say what you will, Dual clutch is still not ready for India! I think it all boils down to where you want to drive. If you’re a city creature, go for a sedan. But if you don’t mind hunting for a parking on city streets and are more in favor of a vehicle that can take you places away from the asphalt, nothing beats an SUV. Do you agree Gautam?

    • Very precise observation Pratyush and indeed I was keeping the Compact SUVs in reference as they are the ones eating into every other segment and not just sedans in India. Regarding the 7 seater SUVs, it is true that they are value-for-money products especially from Tata and Mahindra but what if the buyer’s budget itself is below 15 lakh or maybe even below 10 lakh, or what if the buyer already has a seven-seater and is looking for another comfortable and sporty car below 15 lakh. As I said SUVs are not the only answer to every question while making the purchase. And all the sedans below the 20 lakh budget still offer manual transmission and provide automatic, only as an option just like all SUVs that are offered in both manual and automatic these days.

      One thing is very darn true. If you want to go anywhere else apart from the asphalt, then there really is nothing that beats a true blue SUV. But then again, under the 20 lakh budget, apart from the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha all others are Pseudo-SUVs or you can call them Urban SUVs which are fit for the tarmac only and maybe a bit of soft off-roading. If you think I am wrong, then try following a Mahindra Thar on an off-road track with a Kia Seltos or a Hyundai Creta and you will have your answer 🙂

    • Hi Gaurav, in the next segment you have sedans like the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Toyota Yaris and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. If your preference is space and comfort, then you can go for Honda City. If you want performance and handling, then Hyundai Verna is the car for you. If you want lower maintenance with the jack of all trades, then you have the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Please consider your requirements and choose accordingly. Also, the current segment itself has grown a lot and cars like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze may also serve the purpose with a little less budget.

  3. Absolutely and Nicely written. People often get carried away with compact suvs. I personally own a civic and have driven it to places. Old generation Civic was famous for its ground clearance. I have managed even with it in all of the tourist places across states. And above all what a ride and handling it gives. New gen sedans are equally good. And how many of us would dare take a compact suv or, suv bght on bank loan to difficult terrains. Hardly few.

  4. Absolutely good article and the five points explain about sedan are right.
    Yes we can compare between sedan ans suv and according to our requirement we can go for it.
    My disel sedan always give approx 7 km/ltr more milage than my SUV with same engine capacity.
    Thanks for the article Mr Ganesh

  5. I personally think that these 2 segments CANNOT be and SHUD NOT be compared at all. A SUV lover has always larger than life aspect. No comparision stands at par. For me both have their true essentiality depending upon mindset and requirements.

    • We definitely agree Mr Santanu and what you said is absolutely right. It is literally comparing apples(sedans) to oranges(SUVs), but the sad fact about the herd mentality is that people don’t know how they influence the market. For example, just because more people are buying these Pseudo-SUVs, manufacturers don’t even bother about introducing other cars in any other segments. The fact that there are only 7 sedans under 15 lakh when compared to 22 SUVs under the 15 lakh bracket says it all. So this way, even if someone wants apples, he will be forced to buy oranges, just because everyone is buying them.

      But then again, our intention is to have apples, oranges and a whole of options to choose from only to make sure that people are able to buy what they actually need.

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