- A Volkswagen Golf (credit: wallha.com)

Why are Hatchbacks so popular in Europe?

As someone who loves big cars, I always wondered why are small cars loved over big ones in Europe

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Why are Mustangs generally, less sought after than a Ford Focus in the U.K.? And why is the Volkswagen Golf, outselling full-sized Mercedes in Germany, the nation where both are made? Well the answer is simple, demand. People in Europe generally prefer small hatchbacks to full sized sedans and coupes. But why is that? Why do Europeans prefer small little cars to big ones?

Well the first reason is price. A new Dacia Sandero is very cheap for a new car. Only costing anywhere from 7k to 10k pounds in the U.K. A Dacia Sandero I found online was running for 8,995 pounds. While a Ford Mustang I found online in the U.K. was 35,500 pounds. Although these are extreme cases for car prices, it does show a trend that hatchbacks are more affordable for the average consumer, and considering that gas/petrol cost more in the U.K. it would make sense for the average consumer to buy a cheaper car in the U.K.

A Dacia Sandero (credit: Autocar)

A Dacia Sandero (credit: Autocar)

While in another country, Germany, the Volkswagen Golf reigns supreme. And it can be inferred by this information that the same price differences are apparent in this market as well. This inferenced can also be confirmed by a chart I found on car-sales statistics. The Germans seem to also like sedans and crossover SUVs like Americans do as well. Showing a difference in the market. However, the German market, like the U.K. market still is dominated by the hatchback, with some of the top selling cars being the Volkswagen Golf (number 1), the Mini (number 8), and the Volkswagen Up (number 9).

France is also a lover of hatchbacks, as Peugeots, Citroens, and Renaults are all made there. All of these companies make great hot hatchbacks, as referenced by the sales statistics. With the top three cars being French made hatchbacks, such as the Peugeot 208, Citroen C3, and the Renault Clio. This obviously shows the French love of hatchbacks, and their ease of use and development.

A Renault Clio (credit: gomotors.net)

A Renault Clio (credit: gomotors.net)

Another big reason for the appeal of hatchbacks in the size of roads. In the United States, roads are an average of 12 feet across per lane. Allowing for bigger vehicles to be let on the road. While in the U.K. the average lane length is 8 feet. Hatchbacks are of course, slimmer than most large cars such as the Mustang, and Ford F-150. The practicality of the hatchback would definitely help with the appeal of such a car.

Overall the European consumer chooses the hatchback, because it is practical. Most consumers everywhere want an affordable, practical car that they can use for everyday things. This would explain why the consumer would buy a smaller, fuel-efficient car, over that of a big gas-guzzling Mustang.

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Comments (12)

  • We have small winding roads and high fuel costs. The only place where large powerful cars can stretch their legs over small ones are motorways, which for a good 20 years have been littered with speed cameras, so where you can go fast, a hot hatch would eat a muscle car any day of the week

      1 month ago
  • Because they have tiny roads

      1 month ago
  • Small, compact, cheap to run, can do everything.

      1 month ago
  • It might also have something to do with the past of either place, for example in the 50s-70s when the U.S. was prospering with oil we made bigger less efficient cars, while in europe they couldn't afford to have big gas guzzling cars because of the cold war and lingering economic damage from WWII. So people there became more accustomed to smaller, more fuel efficient cars.

      1 month ago
  • Practical, efficient and small.

      1 month ago
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