Differences between a Compact SUV and a Hatchback

SRI CARS 0 Comments December 1, 2022

Benefits of an SUV:

Driving Position

Unlike premium hatchbacks, compact and standard-size crossover SUVs are bigger in height. This gives the driver a larger amount of road visibility.

Space Flexibility

It may appear as if small SUVs have the same cargo space as the hatchbacks, but as they say, looks can be deceiving. The boot space is bigger, and because of the height and ground clearance this vehicle can carry more luggage than the smaller hatchback. Also, the rear seats can be split or folded, meaning you can carry longer and larger items. In some vehicles, rooftop carriers can also be attached.

Ground Clearance

When considering a hatchback vs. an SUV, you may already know your answer if you live in an area that has bad roads. Generally, SUVs are built with a high ground clearance, which allows them to glide over errant speed breakers and rough roads easily in comparison to a lower-set hatchback.


It is commonly suggested that SUVs are safer than hatchbacks because they were built for rougher terrain. With the advent of features such as lane departure warning, ABS brakes, and others, however, safety is relative. Each of these features makes the SUV very safe, regardless of its size.

Benefits of Hatchback:

 Running costs:

For long-term running costs, hatchbacks are generally cheaper to run than SUVs.

Fuel Efficiency

Hatchbacks, in comparison to many other types of cars, are particularly fuel-friendly. Hatchbacks like the Toyota Etios Liva and Maruti swift are popular for their low fuel consumption.


How does a hatchback fare in terms of handling compared to an SUV? In the case of a hatchback, things like body roll occur much less often thanks to its lower height and smaller size.


Most hatchbacks are cheaper than SUVs overall when buying outright. Additionally, the rate of depreciation of a hatchback is slightly lower than that of an SUV. According to car values, hatchbacks retain over 58% of their initial cost after 3-years of service. This is an attractive figure when compared to the manufacturing standard of 35%.