What's the difference between an estate car and a saloon car?

Please help, I really don't get it....

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  • 7 years ago
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  • Neil
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    7 years ago

    A saloon car has a fixed rear windscreen, a fixed rear parcel shelf, and may or may not have a fixed rear seat. The roof ends just above the rear passenger's heads. The boot (luggage compartment) is accessed by an opening in the bodywork below the rear windscreen.

    An estate car has a longer roof which continues over the luggage compartment, and the rear windscreen is contained within the "tailgate" used to access the luggage compartment from outside the car, so when you open the "boot" the rear screen lifts. The parcel shelf (if it exists) is removable, and the rear seats can be folded to increase the luggage space. This means much larger items can be carried in the car.

    See the difference between http://www.peugeot.co.uk/showroom/508/saloon/#!

    and http://www.peugeot.co.uk/showroom/508/sw/#!

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  • 7 years ago

    Saloons are also called sedans.The rear window is just behind the rear seats. The rear window is fixed,

    Estate cars have been called station wagons or station sedans because they were used to pick up people from railway stations and take them to hotels and resorts, they were built to have a large luggage area in the back. Another name has been shooting brake because they had space in the rear for retriever dogs for duck and pheasant shooting. Brake comes from an old word for a horse drawn vehicle made for the same purpose. Some models, usually large American ones from about 1960 were called ranch wagons. The rear window is always above and behind the luggage area and is part of a rear door. .

    The hatchback is an intermediate type with a strongly sloping read window.

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  • ANDY
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Hello

    Compare the Ghostbusters white car (Estate) with the General Lee fro Th Dukes of Hazzard.

    Andy C

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  • 7 years ago

    Tried to draw the shapes but it didn't work

    You could put a dog in the back of an estate car and they could see out of the back. You could kidnap a person and hide them in the boot of a saloon car. They wouldn't see anything.

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  • 7 years ago

    Estate cars are generally preferred by European users (for inner space ,and compact use, they have a constant height on food to the back of the car. The saloon is prefered by most families with members of 4. they have a long length in body, but have a smooth slope for luggage...ect....

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  • 7 years ago

    Well this is a European thing, but an Estate car is a station wagon and a saloon is a larger 4 door car.

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