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.
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.
Comfort & Luxury
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.
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.
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.
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.