The new two-seater Toyota GR Corolla is part of a long list of cars with more doors than seats, covering everything from luxury SUVs to work utility vehicles.
Earlier this month Toyota has unveiled the GR Corolla ‘Morizo Edition’, a slimmed down version of its hot new hatch with just two seats – but, confusingly, the same five doors as the standard model.
Although building a two-seater, five-door car might seem counter-intuitive, the niche GR Corolla variant will join a surprisingly long list of cars on sale in Australia with more doors than seats – more than 30 with the Toyota included.
It’s also a diverse list, covering everything from family SUVs and $300,000 luxury cars to SUVs and minivans of all shapes and sizes.
Hatchbacks and Sport Sedans
The Toyota GR Corolla two-seater – known as the Morizo edition overseas – is the only hatchback or hot hatch currently on sale in Australia with two seats, but four or five doors.
Performance cars with rear-seat deletion aren’t uncommon – think most high-end Porsches and BMWs, GTs or CS-badges – but it’s rare that these are offered with more than two doors.
Family cars and mainstream SUVs
Only two ‘mainstream’ passenger cars or SUVs without any luxury or performance bias remain on sale in Australia: the new Honda HR-V small SUV, and the Suzuki IgnisGLX city car (but not the base GL model).
The Honda breaks an Australian design rule requiring every second-row seat with an adult seat belt to have a top tether point for securing a child seat.
HR-V models sold in other markets without this mandatory regulation can be sold with five seats – but not in Australia, where Honda has opted to simply remove the center headrest and seat belt, and market the vehicle as a four-seater, rather than investing in a new rear seat assembly with a center top tether point.
By contrast, the Suzuki Ignis GLX was designed from the start to be a four-seater, without Honda’s seat-sized space between the outer benches – although, oddly enough, the base Ignis GL is fitted with five seats.
Unlike the mainstream model, four seats in five-door vehicles are not uncommon among luxury cars.
Although it is not a premium car, a premium small car brand Mini Clubman The wagon features two side-hinged rear doors instead of a top-hinged tailgate, making it a six-door five-seater.
The majority of light commercial vehicles with more doors than seats are vans, with two or three front row seats and four, five or six (with a “barn door” option) doors.
These include the Fiat Ducato, Ford Transit (full size) and Custom Transit, Hyundai Staria charging, LDV deliver 9, G10 and V80, Mercedes Vito and Sprinter, Peugeot Partner, Expert and Boxer, Renault Kangoo, Traffic and Master, Toyota Hiaceand Volkswagen Caddy, Carrier and Artisan.
Meanwhile, two-seat extra-cab utilities with rear-hinged rear doors – rather than just a stretched body, with static sheetmetal behind the front doors – are also included, namely the Isuzu D-Max and its twin under the skin, the Mazda BT-50.
Are there any cars we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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