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Hatchback vs Liftback

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by 1208, Jan 27, 2016.

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Hatchback vs Liftback

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  3. Other

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  1. 1208

    1208 Active Member

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    Which would you prefer

    Hatchback
    2010-vw-gtd-golf-diesel-hatchback.jpg
    or
    Liftback
    tesla-s-back-seats.jpg

    or other such as station wagon or normal sedan etc.
     
  2. Mad Hungarian

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    I voted Liftback as I love the MS shape and it's quite in vogue at the moment, witness the Audi A7/S7, BMW Gran Coupes, etc. I also think it's a perfect mix of style and practicality and lends itself to good aero numbers. Second choice would be a true wagon (not some truncated hatch shape) as they have a certain cool factor all their own.
     
  3. gregincal

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    #3 gregincal, Jan 27, 2016
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    To show more directly comparable photos.

    Liftback:
    Ford Mondeo Hatchback.png

    Or hatchback:
    Ford Focus.png

    I would prefer a lift back.

    and for comparison, here is normal sedan:
    2016-Ford-Fusion-Profile1.jpg
     
  4. Lesifass

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    I'd prefer a station wagon design. Or maybe hatchback if that improves range by a lot, my current car is a hatchback.

    Liftback/Sedan? Well, only if I have no choice. I'll probably take any Model 3. :)
     
  5. 1208

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    I wonder if the hatchback allows for higher seat position and roof height.
     
  6. igotzzoom

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    I'd be fine with a hatch/wagon shape as well. But I think the Model S liftback profile is the best-looking.
     
  7. Trev Page

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    Personally I think all sedans should have liftbacks. It just makes much better use of the interior space for storage. Tesla did the right thing with Model S and I'm sure Model 3 will have the same thing.
     
  8. gregincal

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    Generally if it has a higher roof it is considered a CUV or MPV (like the Bolt). A hatchback usually has the same height as a sedan.

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    I agree. I hate trunks.
     
  9. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    I prefer the idea of a liftback. My current car is a hatchback. I'm not overly enamoured with that aspect of it. It's sometimes a hindrance.
     
  10. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Liftback is sexier to me.
     
  11. Twiglett

    Twiglett Single pedal driver

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    there was no option for
    "but a liftback is just a Toyota marketing name for a hatchback to make it sound more sporty" :tongue:
     
  12. Model 3

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    That's my first choice :) Second is the Liftback....
     
  13. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    I'll second that. Wagon would be perfect for me, Liftback or Hatchback second, not really interested in a sedan.
     
  14. Olle

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    Liftback, hands down. It makes so much more sense for aerodynamics, looks, practicality. To maximize the Euro market they eventually need a real station wagon too though.
     
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    I think if the slope of the hatch is less than 45 degrees it's a liftback, else it's a hatchback. This is my personal definition, but feel free to adopt as an international standard.
     
  17. 1208

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    Finally decided on liftback because all the other moderately priced EVs such as bolt, leaf, Mercedes B, zoe, SoulEV, are all hatchback so it would be good to have a sedan in their price range so the public don't think you can only get EVs in hatchback, it will change their perception.
     
  18. EvilNuff

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    I also drive a hatch and *love* them so I am curious, what do you find is a hindrance with yours?
     
  19. mknox

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    Agree. But I find a hatchback/wagon more practical.

    Me too. Hatchback/wagons are roughly square right to the back and can accommodate taller items in the back. If the Model S were a hatchback, the third-row seats may have accommodated adults.
     
  20. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Only adults with very short legs (besides the headroom issue, there isn't a whole lot of legroom back there)...
     

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