When people hear about 5 door SUVs, they are confused. How can a car have five doors yet most seem to just have four doors, two on each side?

If you’ve been wondering the same thing, you’ll be astonished to hear that we frequently see cars with fifth doors every day.

A 5 door car is a vehicle with 5 entrances into the passenger area – this includes the 4 passenger doors and the hatch (boot/trunk) at the back of the vehicle. SUVs, Minivans, Hatchbacks, and Station wagons are considered 5-door vehicles since they have a hatch which is essentially another door.

Over the years, there have been quite a lot of technological innovations to automobiles. Some of which brought remarkable upgrades to the regular car doors. Not only did these innovations change how vehicle doors look but also how they open and close.

By standard, Sedans, trucks, and SUVs are designed differently with different styles and numbers of doors. However, doors remain the only way to get in and out.

In this post, we’ll talk about 5 door SUVs, and clear the air on some questions people often ask. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.

How many doors do Cars have?

As you are likely aware, regular car doors have hinges on the edge that faces the front of the vehicle and enable the door to open away from the body of the car. However, it’s worth mentioning that the numbers of doors and types of car doors are not the same thing. Aside from the conventional doors, other types of doors you’d find in some fancy and exotic cars are;

  • Suicide
  • Scissors
  • Butterfly
  • Gull-wing
  • Sliding
  • Canopy
  • Disappearing

Speaking of numbers of doors; in Europe and many other parts of the world, there are 4 car door models.

Hatchback and estate or station wagon vehicles are sometimes referred to as “three-door” or “five-door” models while saloons, sedans, and coupés are sold as ‘two-door’ or ‘four-door’ models since their boot/trunk is considered as a separate storage compartment by definition.

Five-Door Car Model

A 5-door vehicle is any car having the regular four side doors plus a hatchback which can be used to enter the passenger area.

Four-Door Car Model

A 4-door vehicle is any car having the regular four side doors and a trunk which is a separate compartment from the passenger area.

Three-Door Car Model

A 3-door vehicle is any car having two side doors plus a hatchback that can be used to enter the passenger area.

Two-Door Car Model

A 2-door vehicle is any car having two side doors and a trunk which is a separate compartment from the passenger area.

What is the difference between a 4 door and a 5 door car?

What is a 4 door car?

4 door cars are built on a 3 box design, where the trunk of the vehicle is separated from the passenger area and it will be impossible to get into the car from the trunk.

What is a 5 Door SUV?

As mentioned earlier, a 5 door car has a boot that opens into the passenger area while a 4-door car on the other hand has the boot closed off from the passenger area with chassis metal, making it impossible to access the passengers from there.

In hatchbacks, the trunk opening is also regarded as a door because you can theoretically use it to enter the car. The hatch is regarded as a door since it provides access to the passenger area, whereas a four-door vehicle has a storage area that is separated from the main cabin.

In some SUVs, the fifth door may not be the most convenient way to enter the passenger compartment, but in a pinch, you can crawl forward to the seats.

Closing the curtain

Unlike regular cars, the back of an SUV is designed to feature a hatch instead of a separate “box” compartment.

A five-door vehicle typically refers to an SUV, Minivan, or hatchback with an additional door at the back known as a rear hatch. In addition to the usual 4 doors, a 5-door car has a hatch in the back that allows access to the storage space.

There are several advantages to owning a five-door car over four-door sedans. One is that they have a bigger boot opening and folding rear seats that make it more simpler to get into the back seats.


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I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming.

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