“I know pretty well how to distinguish a sedan from a SUV!” – you have probably thought, haven’t you? We are not going to point out to the obvious but we do want you to get the exact car you’ve expected booking online! Do you remember the unified principle of car rental companies?
This principle is as old as the car rental industry itself!
If you’re booking a car with a picture of “Volkswagen Golf or similar” next to it – that means you can be offered VW Golf as well as Nissan Note, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Kalos or another similar vehicle from the same car group at the rental desk.
What if the class of the vehicle offered at the rental desk is lower than the vehicle class you’ve booked? How to get an upgrade? And which car class do you actually need?
To avoid any confusion car rental companies simply classified the fleet by size and purpose but not by sophisticated A, B, C, S class measures. And of course, you can filter the vehicles by automatic or manual transmission.
The majority of car rental companies group their vehicles according to the simplest way:
|Car Group/Class *||Cars||Doors||Occupancy||Luggage Space||Gas Mileage||Liters/100 km|
|Mini||Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107, Volkswagen Up, Smart||2||2 Adults + 2 Children||1 Big Suitcase + 1 Medium suitcase||33 MPG||6 L|
|Economy||Chevrolet Aveo, Citroen C1, Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio||2-4||2 Adults + 2-3 Children/ or 4 Adults||1 Big Suitcase + 1 Medium suitcase||33-40 MPG||6-8 L|
|Compact||Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Chevrolet Cobalt, Opel Astra||2-4||2 Adults + 3 Children/ or 4 Adults||3 Medium Suitcases||30 MPG||6-9 L|
|Audi A3, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo, Opel Vectra||4||2 Adults + 3 Children/ or 4 Adults||2-3 Medium Suitcases||26 MPG||8-10 L|
|Standard||Audi A4, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Peugeot 407||5||2 Adults + 3 Children/ or 4 Adults||4 Medium Suitcases||25 MPG||8-12 L|
|Full Size||Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Impala, Mazda BT50||4||5 Adults||4-5 Medium Suitcases||23 MPG||7-13 L|
|Luxury||BMW X3, Mercedes SLK, Lincoln Towncar, Audi Q5||4||6 Adults||4 Medium Suitcases||21 MPG||10-15 L|
|Premium||Nissan Maxima, BMW 3 series||4||5 Adults + 1 Child||3 Medium + 2 Small Suitcases||21 MPG||15-18 L|
|Van||Mercedes Vito Traveliner, Ford Transit, Ford Club Wagon 15 Seater||4-5||8-15 Adults||5 Large Suitcases||13 MPG||10-11 L|
|Minivan||Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan, Renault Espace||5||7 Adults||5-8 Medium Suitcases||15 MPG||12-13 L|
|SUV/4X4||Ford Ranger, Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Suburban, Chrysler Journey||4||4-5 Adults||4 Large Suitcases||19 MPG||8-15 L|
|Exotic/Special||Ferrari California, Audi R8||2-4||2 Adults + 2 Children||2-4 Medium Suitcases||21-23 MPG||13-16 L|
|Convertible||BMW Z4 Convertible, Renault Megane Cabriolet, Peugeot 206 Cabriolet||2||2-4 Adults||2 Medium Suitcases||21 MPG||10-16 L|
* The following capacities are to be a general guide only. It’s up to car’s manufacturer how many seats and luggage space to make.
1. Mini is a car smaller than a compact. A mini car’s engine capacity is under 660 cubic centimetres.
2. Economy is a car designed for a low fuel consumption mainly.
A fuel efficient vehicle makes great sense, doesn’t it? The less fuel you need, the more money you save! Economy cars incredibly combine small size and maximum usable interior space, light weight and brilliant safety performance.
3. Compact cars are almost always hatchback and small-sized.
A hatchback takes the compact car and gives it more interior space. Car rental companies themselves say they don’t see the difference between these 2 segments anymore because both of the car types have all necessary standard options.
4. Intermediate cars offer much more comfort and space than the previous car groups. 4 adults? With suitcases? Intermediate vehicle will fit great!
Couples who are fond of travelling, intermediate car group is perfect for you!
5. Standard cars are more popular than intermediates because of the bigger trunk.
They have the same options as intermediates, the same passenger space (4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children). Generally speaking a standard will suit for a small family better and intermediate is nice for travelling couples. But if you can’t be without all your things during the trip and need more space for your suitcases – standard car is a perfect choice!
6. Full size car is an ideal vehicle to transport up to 5 adults in comfort. So you can imagine how roomy it is. Plus a large truck enough to transport the luggage of those 5 people!
7. Luxury car has more space plus exclusive luxurious features for people who value their status.
Branded audio system, dual zone climate control, backup camera, luxurious leather interiors and super safety system – these are the options you won’t find in any other car group.
Same size, same beauty of a vehicle in comparison with luxury class. But premium cars do not have a part of those exclusive options inside. There won’t be a cruise control option or 6-8 cylinder performance but still premium car will provide you the high-end comfort!
Also you can book one from the cargo vans in this category for transporting 10 pieces of luggage or more.
10. SUV group includes small SUVs like Ford Ranger or Suzuki Jimny, medium SUVs like Kia Sorento or Ford Edge and large SUVs like Nissan Pathfinder, Audi Q7 or Volkswagen Toureg.
SUVs are classified by passenger and luggage capacity:
11. Exotic/Special group includes sport cars, supercars and even some rare specimens!
12. Convertible car doesn’t have to be high-end class! Remember that it may be any car with a removable roof.