It’s said that traditionally, Malaysian motorists prefer sedans over hatchbacks. It isn’t all the sedan’s way, though, as two of Malaysia’s best-selling models – the Perodua Myvi and Axia – are hatchbacks.

With the introduction of the Perodua Bezza, the brand now has a sedan option – consumers can now choose between two distinct body styles. It’s the same with Proton too, with the impending arrival of the 2016 Persona, which is essentially an Iriz with a boot.

So, which one is ideal for you, sedan or hatchback? Let’s take a look at the major differences, plus the pros and cons of each option.


In terms of load-carrying capacity, a sedan usually trumps a hatchback for absolute boot space. The Perodua Bezza has a 508 litre boot, almost double that of the Axia, which, at 260 litres, is already more roomy than the Myvi (208 litres). The same goes for the Honda City too, which holds 536 litres compared to the Jazz‘s 363 litre boot.

But, at the same time, the hatchback counters with a more practical and flexible cargo configuration, which can make way for larger, bulkier-than-usual items. The tailgate aperture is wider than the equivalent sedan’s. So, while the sedan may be able to swallow more travel bags, a hatchback may be more useful for a trip to Ikea.

On the flipside, the sedan is the one to have if one has to transport passengers and considerable luggage simultaneously. Privacy is a consideration, too, as some hatchbacks aren’t equipped with a parcel shelf, leaving the contents of the luggage compartment exposed to outside eyes.

With a sedan, the boot is also separated from the passenger cabin, so you’ll hear less of it moving about – important for those with sensitive ears. It’s definitely a better way to keep the durian smell at bay too!


Aesthetics is a subjective thing, of course. But it’s commonly agreed among Malaysians that the sedan body-style is the more traditional choice, while the hatchback lends itself more towards the younger and more trendy set. In the case of the Bezza and Axia, it’s clear that the sedan has a more mature design, compared to the sportier hatch. The Honda City and Jazz have similar differing approaches too.

Recently, more and more sedan models are being built off an existing hatchback structure. Some brands manage this fundamental limitation rather well (Honda City, and to a certain extent, the Perodua Bezza too), while others, less so (Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2 sedans).

The Drive

Given an otherwise identical sedan and hatchback pairing, the latter tends to be the easier of the two to manoeuvre, especially in tighter confines; the rear of the hatchback ends where the rear window is, which makes it easier to judge the car’s extremities.

As for performance and handling, well, that’s not strictly tied to the type of body-styles. More notable difference may come from the fine-tuning of the chassis setup, which may be different from model to model. The Ford Focus sedan, for instance, is deliberately tuned to be softer than the hatch, which is an exception rather than the rule.

So, back to you, dear readers. What do you think of this? What swayed your purchase from sedan to hatchback, or vice versa? Let us know in the comments section below.