When it comes to choosing a car in the United Kingdom, there are several body types available, each catering to different preferences and needs. One of the least popular options on our subscription and short-term car lease services is the Saloon car.
A Saloon car combines elegance, comfort and performance in a sleek and sophisticated package. In this guide we will delve into what exactly a saloon car is, compare it to other body styles like hatchbacks and estate car and highlight some of the top saloon car choices available, including electric models.
What is a Saloon Car?
A saloon car, also known as a Sedan in many countries, is a four-door passenger car characterised by its enclosed cabin, separate boot compartment and a stylish design that emphasises a cohesive and polished appearance. Saloon cars offer a balance between comfort, practicality and driving performance. They are often favoured by those who appriciate a more traditional and sophisticated driving experience.
Saloon vs. Hatchback vs. Estate Car – Key Differences
Lets have a look at the key differences between a Saloon Car, Hatchback and an Estate:
Saloon vs. Hatchback
Design: Saloon cars typically have a longer body with a distinct separation between the cabin and the boot, resulting in a more formal appearance. Hatchbacks have a shorter rear end and the rear window usually opens upwards along with the tailgate.
Boot Space: Saloon cars offer a dedicated boot compartment, which provides ample storage space for luggage and groceries, access can be restricted for larger bulkier items such as suitcases or strollers. Hatchbacks, on the other hand, have a rear seat that folds down, creatiing a larger storage area accessible from the cabin.
Practicality: Saloon cars might have more refinded styling, but hatchbacks tend to offer greater versatility, when it comes to transporting larger or bulkier items.
Saloon vs. Estate Car
Boot Space: Estate cars, also know as sports tourers, avants or station wagons, have an elongated body design that extends into the rear, creating a larger boot space than most saloon cars.
Versatility: Estate cars are designed with versatility in mind, making them suitable for families or individuals who require extra storage capacity for a set of golf clubs, luggage or even pets.
Top Saloon Cars in the UK
Here are the current top Saloon cars in the UK (including Electric Models):
1. BMW 3 Series
A perennial favourite, the BMW 3 Series combines dynamic driving performance with luxury features and advanced technology.
2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Known for its elegant design premium interior and a range of powerful engines as well as Hybrid options, the C-Class offers a luxurious driving experience.
3. Audi A4
With its refined design and high-quality interior, the Audi A4 delivers a comfortable and enjoyable ride, along with advanced tech features.
4. Tesla Model 3
The electric car saloon has gained immense populairty in the UK and beyond. It offers impressive acceleration, cutting-edge technology and a substancial range on a single charge.
5. Jaguar XE
Combining British craftsmanship with performance, the Jaguar XE is a stylish saloon car that appeals to those seeking a blend of luxury and driving pleasure.
4dr Coupe or Saloon?
The rise of the four-door coupé is really confusing people who are looking for a new car, with more manufacturers offering these 4dr coupes including the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback.
If the vehicle has three distinct sections; Bonnet, Cabin and a Boot and the glass doesn’t lift up with the boot lid, then in reality the vehicle is a saloon and not a coupé.
Latest Saloon Subscription Offers
If you are in the market for a Saloon car on a flexible rental arrangement, then take a look at some of our latest offers below:
Polestar 2 Fastback
If you would like any further information on our range of Saloon vehicles available on our vehicle subscriptions or short-term car leases, please do get in touch with the Cocoon Vehicles on 01332 290173 or drop us a line on the ENQUIRY FORM at the bottom of this useful guide.
If you are in the market for a Saloon car on a lease, why not try our Find A Car Lease service. We will search through no less than 12 different funders to help find you the best price on your next 2/3 year lease car.