There are several body types of car models available in the auto market. Broadly speaking, car models can be classified into four body types - Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), Hatchbacks, Vans and Sedans. The SUV moniker could be given to those cars which are larger in size and come with off-roading capabilities. On the other hand, hatchbacks are small cars that can be maneuvered easily even in constricted localities. Van is a box-like four wheeler which can accommodate a large number of people easily and is generally characterized by a very short length bonnet or no bonnet at all. A compact passenger van is termed as a 'mini-van', which is generally known as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

What exactly is a sedan? How does one differentiate it from other cars available in the market?

The term 'Sedan' originates from a southern Italian dialect derivative 'Sedia', which means a chair. On a general basis, one can distinguish a sedan from other cars by taking a look at its body style. These are four-door vehicles which can accommodate two passengers in the front, including the driver, and three in the rear seat. However, every car in the country has a similar 5-seater structure, but what differentiates a sedan from the rest is its trunk space which juts out from the rear.

What are the different types of sedans available in India?

In India, there is a plethora of sedans available, broadly classified into four categories viz. entry level, mid-size, premium and luxury. Depending on the commuting and other requirements of an individual like comfort, features, mileage, budget etc., one can opt for a suitable model.

The entry level sedans are the models which fall in the Rs. 4-6 lacs bracket. Almost all the sedans in this segment come with a manual transmission unit, air-conditioning and power steering as a standard. On the safety front, power door locks, child safety locks and immobilizer are the common features across all entry level sedans. Next up is the mid-size sedans which are available in the range of Rs. 6-10 lacs. These sedans come with all the features of an entry level sedan as a standard. However, they pack additional features as well, like tubeless tyres, central locking, steering adjustment, tachometer etc. 

The cars in the range of Rs. 10-20 lacs are called premium sedans. Besides having all the features of the entry level and mid-size sedans, these sedans come with anti-lock braking system, airbags and leather seats. The cars which feature above Rs. 20 lacs are classified as luxury sedans and come loaded with contemporary and advanced features besides the basics.

Hence, what should one keep in mind while buying a sedan?

If it is a replacement for a hatchback and budget is the major factor with minimum emphasis on features, one should opt for the entry level or mid-size sedan. On the other hand, if contemporary features are a must have, premium sedan is the most viable option. Moreover, if it is a status symbol that one desires with lots of features to show-off and make heads turn wherever one goes, luxury sedan is the best choice.

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