Coupes v. Sedans v. Wagons: A discussion

What are the real differences between a coupe, a sedan and a wagon?

I've been thinking about this question a lot recently, and I don't quite understand. Many people I talk tend to believe that sedan versions of cars are more practical than the coupe version of the same car.


If you always have 4 people in your car, then yes, I suppose it is easier to get those people in the back seat. But it isn't THAT difficult to get people in the back of a coupe. Most coupes have the same amount of storage space as a sedan anyway, so the only real difference between the two is how difficult it is to get people or stuff in the back seat. And let's face it, 90% of the time there is only one person in the car: the driver. And if you're the driver and owner, why do you car at all how easy or difficult it is to get in the back seat? You'll never be back there.

So why do people always favor sedans over coupes for practicality? I remember thinking about this argument for the first time when I watched the episode of Top Gear where they test the E92 M3 Coupe, the E63 AMG, and the Audi RS4. Jeremy complains about the M3's practicality since it only has two doors. I've seen this is as a reoccurring theme among many reviews of coupes on Top Gear.

As for myself, I am a college student who drives an '06 MINI Cooper S. I get lots of flack from roommates and friends about driving a small, two-door hatchback. Nearly everyone complains about how it only has two doors, and I should have gotten a sedan. "Why?" I ask. Because you can fit people in the back, they say. Well I can do that in my car, too.


If one really wants a practical car, I think a wagon is the obvious choice, obviously. More room in the trunk than a sedan to pack things in, you can put the rear seats down for even MORE room, and... I suppose you can get people into the back through their own individual door.


(I would have found a picture of a M3 wagon, but unfortunately they don't exist.)

As for me, I think coupes are prettier, so I'll always prefer those over sedans, and if I'm really looking for practicality, I'll get a wagon.


What do you guys think? Are sedans really that much more practical than coupes?

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