Difference Between a Hatchback and a Sedan
By Laura Lee - June 22, 2022

When choosing the perfect vehicle, there are scores of brands and designs and scores of features to evaluate and prioritize before choices are made. Even when you have selected a design you think is suitable for your needs, there is another version. Such is the dilemma with choosing between a hatchback and a sedan.

Table Summary

Typically shorter than sedans because of the squared-off trunks.Have more length than sedans.
They have taller passenger compartments in smaller leg spaces.They have roomy passenger compartments that might not be as tall as Hatchbacks.
Cargo can accommodate bulky objectsCargo is designed for smaller packages.


The sedan or saloon (as the British call it) is a term used to describe a car with four doors and a separate trunk. A defining factor of the sedan is also the three-box design, i.e., the front engine, middle passenger compartment, and the back trunk area have distinctly different bases.

The Hatchback is a term used for four-door passenger cars –although most of the original versions had only two doors and were much smaller- and has a two-box design.

Hatchback VS Sedan

The confusion between hatchbacks and sedans began when modern hatchback designs started making them look like sedans with small trunks from the outside. The significant difference between these vehicles is in the cargo: the three-box design means a more profound and broader trunk with a swing-open door, while the two-box design gives the Hatchback a long trunk with a flip-open “hatch.” As a result, whatever you store in the Hatchback cargo is quite visible to whoever’s passing by, which could compromise your storage’s safety. An added advantage of the Hatchback is that it is typically shorter in length than the sedan, making it easier to manipulate in tight spaces.