Our new CarHire App is now available on iOS devices.
Be one of the first to download the App today!App Store
Our new VroomVroomVroom App is now available on iOS devices.
Be one of the first to download the App today!App Store

Rental Car Vehicle Types Explained

Row of different car rental vehicle types

If you are wondering about the vehicle types available for car rental then you've come to the right place. In the short guide below, we provide a quick summary about the vehicle classification systems, as well as some examples, so as to avoid confusion when you are renting a car. 

From a small compact car to a large SUV to a sports car all the way up to a people mover, here at VroomVroomVroom, we can help you find the right vehicle that is best suited according to your budget, special requirements, or needs for your trip.

 What are the different types of rental cars?

According to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), known as Australasia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the rental vehicle types in Australia can be classified into eight main categories. Check out the table below.

Vehicle Type

Other names Examples of cars
Small car City cars, Hatchback, micro-car, small family car  Ford Fiesta, Holden Barina, Hyundai i30, Mazda2, Nissan Micra, Toyota Carolla
Medium car Medium family car, sedan
Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i40, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Opel Astra, Subaru Liberty 
Large car Family car, saloon  Audi A6, Ford Falcon, Ford Mondeo, Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry 
Sports car  Roadster 
Audi TT, Honda CR-V, Holden Monaro, Hyundai Veloster, Mazda MX5 
People mover  Mini van 
Chrysler Voyager, Hyundai iMax, Kia Rondo/Carens, Mercedez Valante, Toyota Tarago 
Compact SUV  Mini SUV, Mini 4x4  BMW X1, Hyundai i35, Mazda CX-5, Skoda Yeti, Subaru Forester 
Medium SUV Large 4x4  Audi Q3, Ford Kuga, Jeep Wrangler, Mitsubushi Outlander, Toyota RAV4  
Large SUV Large 4x4 Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Range Rover, Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Land Cruiser


If you are travelling to another destination, chances are, you might get confused with vehicle types as the UK, Europe and the USA each have their own classification systems. Take for instance, what is categorised a Large SUV in Australia is popular as  a Large 4x4 in the UK, and a full-size SUV in America. Take note that some specific cars are also considered in different categories internationally, say for example the Holden Cruze, while rated as a small car in Australia, is called as a Medium car in some other places.

We think one reason why many get puzzled and disoriented about vehicle types is when certain cars are  put into several models. Furthermore, a lot of car makers  have a tendency to make up their own vehicle categories for certain models – for example, BMW has designed an all-new executive saloon for its 5 Series of vehicles.

Our recommendation

We at VroomVroomVroom want you to understand that although there is a lot of query enclosing vehicle types, keep in mind that  just as long as the vehicle fits your needs then it makes no difference which class it belongs into. 

When choosing the vehicle type of your rental car, what's more important is you know what type of rental car you want from that class, and from there, you can select which one will best suit your preference and budget. If it's for city driving, why not pick a small car, or if you are traveling with your family or mates, go rent a people mover or large SUV. Remember not to be so involved in vehicle type because at the end of the day, a certain car is still the same regardless of what category or model it belongs into.

Ever encountered the term "Sipp Codes" while renting a car for the first time? Read our Sipp Codes and Car Rental article to help you determine which car you may wish to choose. Also, check out our Rental Information for some helpful articles that you may find useful when you book a car hire with us. Feel free to get in touch with our friendly customer care team for your other queries.
Live Help: Now Closing0
Bye for now, if you need me please click Live Help/Chat link under HELP/FAQs menu on the top