Car Classes: What segments are all there?

Auto oroboreal July 25, 2016 0 12
Are you going to look deeper into your car and compare different models, then you come quickly in contact with terms such as mid-sized car, mini class, upper middle classes and segments A, B, C and so on. Sometimes it seems a little complicated, but it's actually quite simple. And if you know a little of how the different car classes stabbing each other, you can also take advantage of it again. An overview of all car classes, examples and additional information.

Which car classes are there?

The following car types are used today:
There are many models of cars, which belong each in a particular class.

Where the segments are based on?

The segments A t / m G can be regarded largely as a successor, even though you can not always draw very clear boundaries between them. And subsequently we mean both in size, luxury and price. In practice, however, it is often rather against. There are many examples, which do apply the combination of price and size of an automobile is actually not in any segment. The other segments can not juxtapose. Surely these are mostly specific types of cars. Well you see breakdowns occur again within those segments.

Why do we have this car classes?

Even though the distinction is not always clear, it is still useful to place cars in a particular segment. This makes it immediately clear what sort of car you have to think about. For this reason, the segments A t / m G are also used by car rental companies. Often goes each class a different rate.
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Another place where the car classes come in handy, from the sales and reviews of car models. To describe a car or assess a comparison with other models is often useful and revealing. But to compare apples to oranges anyone anything, so you should compare with more or less equal cars.
Compare cars in the same class is a good solution. Of course there are big differences, but at least the cars in terms of size and target market about the same. More than cars from other segments.

The mini A-class or segment

The Renault TwingoHet first segment with the smallest and often cheapest car models. Well-known examples of cars in this class are:
  • Chevrolet Matiz
  • Fiat Panda
  • Ford Ka
  • Opel Agila
  • Peugeot 107
  • Renault Twingo
  • Toyota Aygo
  • Volkswagen Fox / Lupo / Up
A-segment cars are especially popular as city cars. The top speeds are not very high and consumption is often noticeably worse at higher speeds. In addition, the cars are usually sober performed to keep the price low and e distinguish the higher class cars.

The compact class or B-segment

The Nissan Micra This class also become known as economy class. In the B segment you get something more cars, of course, against a slightly higher price. A number of examples of known models:
  • Audi A1
  • Citroën C3
  • Fiat Punto
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Mini Cooper
  • Nissan Micra
  • Opel Corsa
  • Peugeot 206/207/208
  • Renault Clio
  • Seat Ibiza
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Volkswagen Polo
Lead a class is not always for the price, the Mini Cooper proves: a car that belongs in the class but costs significantly more than the other cars. The Mini Cooper also costs more than many cars in higher classes.

The compact class or C-segment

The Volkswagen surged following class is the compact class. This C-segment class is very popular in Netherlands. In this class, you can also get a lot of models in a drive variant. Some of the most famous models:
  • Audi A3
  • Citroën C4
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda 3
  • Opel Astra
  • Peugeot 308
  • Renault Mégane
  • Seat Leon
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Toyota Auris / Corolla / Prius
  • Volkswagen Golf / Jetta
  • Volvo C30 / S40 / V40 / V50
The popularity of the class is to understand. The cars actually offer all things needed in a car. In addition, suitable for city driving and makes the size that parking is still easy. But also greater distances away is the former problem. And of course it is also lighter weight than the larger cars in the Netherlands, especially a big plus. This saves the tax.

The middle class or D-segment

The Toyota AvensisBij called middle class do you quickly that this is the most common cars. Especially when you look at the English names 'Intermediate' or 'Standard'. In practice, these cars are actually less popular. For most people, these models are too expensive and too big. Notable examples:
  • Audi A4 / A5
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Citroën C5
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Mazda 6
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Opel Vectra / Insignia
  • Peugeot 407
  • Peugeot 508
  • Renault Laguna
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Toyota Avensis
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volvo V60
The mid-range are similar to the compact class. However, they are just a bit bigger and more luxurious. Yet even this class still quite popular. For large families, people on the road or for instance, often pulling a trailer is a middle class often very suitable. Also in business and lease these cars are still sought after.

The upper middle class or E-segment

The Audi A6Met this class we arrived at the penultimate normal car class. Known models in this segment are:
  • Audi A6 / A7 / 100
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Citroën C6 / DS
  • Ford Scorpio / Granada
  • Honda Legend
  • Jaguar XF
  • Lexus ES / GS
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class / E-Class
  • Opel Omega / Commodore
  • Peugeot 605/607
  • Rover 75
  • 9-5 / 9000
  • Toyota Camry
  • Volvo S60 / S80 / V70
The connoisseur will immediately recognize that this is about cars involved are not for everyone. In English, this class is called 'Executive'. The name is based on the idea that this kind of cars were mainly meant for some senior managers and successful professionals. Whatever is on this kind of cars much more often than its sedan version in the lower classes. This segment cars are not positioned as a family car, with many practical cargo space.

The class or F segment

The Jaguar name XJDe top is certainly in order. These are the most expensive luxury cars that are for sale. Some examples:
  • Audi A8
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Lexus LS
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Porsch Panamera
  • Volkswagen Phaeton
  • Aston Martin Rapide
Because the pool of potential buyers is much smaller, the offer is also less. However, for those who have the money, there is still plenty to choose from. No expense spared when designing these cars and of course you can still select a variety of optional extras and there.

The SUV's or J segment

SUV stands for the British sports utility vehicle. Other name who used his jeep, 4x4, 4WD or road vehicle. The United States has long been a popular model, but since 2000 they are also increasingly being sold in Europe, including Netherlands. Hence there are now a wide range where you can choose from. Most major brands are there now in one or more in their range.
The HummerAl these cars are so in the J segment, but inside is still were distinguished by size. The three categories are referred to as small, medium and large. But sometimes you see more specifications is as SUV and Crossovers.
Some examples of cars in this class:
  • Citroën C4 Cactus
  • Opel Mokka
  • Peugeot 2008
  • Renault Captur
  • Audi Q3
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Land Rover RR Sport
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Volkswagen Touareg
Even more than the car classes A / m G is exactly in the J segment still difficult to say which model small, medium or large. Yet it is clear that Opel Mokka and a BMW Q7 not just lumped belong.

The MPV or M-segment

MPV is the abbreviation for the English Multiple Purpose Vehicle. The P stands for Persons not, as often thought. The idea is that the car can serve as a passenger car, but also is flexible enough to make use of a large cargo space, when required. as with the SUV's is also within the M segment there is a breakdown by size into three categories: small, medium, large. Names also used his mini MPV, midi MPV and full-size MPVs.
The Renault EspaceEen some familiar examples:
  • Ford B-Max
  • Nissan Note
  • Opel Meriva
  • Citroen C3 Picasso
  • Renault Modus
  • Citroen C4 Picasso
  • Ford C-Max
  • Peugeot 3008/5008
  • Volkswagen Touran
  • Opel Zafira
  • Citroën C8
  • Ford S-Max
  • Renault Espace
  • Seat Alhambra
  • Volkswagen Sharan
Looking for a car with more than five persons in fit, this vehicle class where you will soon come true. That is not the case in this model, for each segment, and in many cases it is not possible as standard.

The sports cars or S segment

Sports cars are cars that people mostly as a hobby or as additional offers. Known models and most brands are:
  • Audi R8
  • BMW i8
  • Ferrari 458 / F12
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Maserati GranTurismo
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Porsche Boxter / 911
  • Volkswagen Sciroco
Often performed his sports cars as a coupe, so for two people. Is there a back seat, then the space is often limited. Sports cars are also often available as a convertible.

The vans and buses

The Volkswagen TransporterHet last segment is not a segment letter, although sometimes used the letter N. We can divide this group in real buses and vans. The latter are vehicles with two seats and a generally increased cargo space. Examples of these vans are:
  • Citroën Berlingo
  • Opel Combo
  • Peugeot Partner
  • Renault Kangoo
  • Volkswagen Caddy
And you should think about when buses:
  • Citroën Jumpy
  • Mercedes-Benz Vito / Sprinter
  • Peugeot Boxer
  • Volkswagen Transporter / Crafter
  • Volkswagen Crafter
Many of both the buses and vans are purchased as company cars. But for some individuals is a car from this segment handy. Especially if you often have a lot of transport. For entrepreneurs is that they these cars with a tax can ride. This is called a gray registration.