What is a Saloon Car?

Alfa Romeo Saloon Car

When it comes to choosing a car in the United Kingdom, there are several body types available, each catering to different preferences and needs. One of the least popular options on our subscription and short-term car lease services is the Saloon car.

A Saloon car combines elegance, comfort and performance in a sleek and sophisticated package. In this guide we will delve into what exactly a saloon car is, compare it to other body styles like hatchbacks and estate car and highlight some of the top saloon car choices available, including electric models.

What is a Saloon Car?

A saloon car, also known as a Sedan in many countries, is a four-door passenger car characterised by its enclosed cabin, separate boot compartment and a stylish design that emphasises a cohesive and polished appearance. Saloon cars offer a balance between comfort, practicality and driving performance. They are often favoured by those who appriciate a more traditional and sophisticated driving experience.

Saloon vs. Hatchback vs. Estate Car - Key Differences

Lets have a look at the key differences between a Saloon Car, Hatchback and an Estate:

Saloon vs. Hatchback

Design: Saloon cars typically have a longer body with a distinct separation between the cabin and the boot, resulting in a more formal appearance. Hatchbacks have a shorter rear end and the rear window usually opens upwards along with the tailgate.

Boot Space: Saloon cars offer a dedicated boot compartment, which provides ample storage space for luggage and groceries, access can be restricted for larger bulkier items such as suitcases or strollers. Hatchbacks, on the other hand, have a rear seat that folds down, creatiing a larger storage area accessible from the cabin.

Practicality: Saloon cars might have more refinded styling, but hatchbacks tend to offer greater versatility, when it comes to transporting larger or bulkier items.

Saloon vs. Estate Car

Boot Space: Estate cars, also know as sports tourers, avants or station wagons, have an elongated body design that extends into the rear, creating a larger boot space than most saloon cars.

Versatility: Estate cars are designed with versatility in mind, making them suitable for families or individuals who require extra storage capacity for a set of golf clubs, luggage or even pets.

Top Saloon Cars in the UK

Here are the current top Saloon cars in the UK (including Electric Models):

1. BMW 3 Series

A perennial favourite, the BMW 3 Series combines dynamic driving performance with luxury features and advanced technology.

2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Known for its elegant design premium interior and a range of powerful engines as well as Hybrid options, the C-Class offers a luxurious driving experience.

3. Audi A4

With its refined design and high-quality interior, the Audi A4 delivers a comfortable and enjoyable ride, along with advanced tech features.

4. Tesla Model 3

The electric car saloon has gained immense populairty in the UK and beyond. It offers impressive acceleration, cutting-edge technology and a substancial range on a single charge.

5. Jaguar XE

Combining British craftsmanship with performance, the Jaguar XE is a stylish saloon car that appeals to those seeking a blend of luxury and driving pleasure.

4dr Coupe or Saloon?

The rise of the four-door coupé is really confusing people who are looking for a new car, with more manufacturers offering these 4dr coupes including the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback.

If the vehicle has three distinct sections; Bonnet, Cabin and a Boot and the glass doesn’t lift up with the boot lid, then in reality the vehicle is a saloon and not a coupé.

Latest Saloon Subscription Offers

If you are in the market for a Saloon car on a flexible rental arrangement, then take a look at some of our latest offers below:


Polestar 2 Fastback
220kW 82kWh Long Range SM [Plus]
Polestar Polestar 2 Fastback available with 1000 miles per month on a Polestar Car Subscription
Specification Includes: 360 Degree Camera, Reversing Camera, Speed Limiter, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Assist, Bluetooth, Cross Traffic Alert, Cruise Control, Electric Tailgate, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Lane Keeping Aid, 11kW AC Onboard Charger, Dynamic Chassis, USB-C Port, LED Headlights, Adaptive LED Headlights, Privacy Glass, Panoramic Sunroof, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels, Keyless Start, Keyless Entry, Hill Start Assist, Satellite Navigation, DAB Digital Radio, ISOFIX, Heated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Heat Pump, Apple CarPlay, Google Maps, Google Assistant
Availability: In Stock
From: £959.00 + VAT p/m
From: £1150.80 inc. VAT p/m


i5 Saloon
250 kW eDrive40 M Sport Pro 84kWh
BMW i5 Saloon available with 1000 miles per month on a Flexible Car Contract
Specification Includes: BMW ConnectedDrive, Cruise Control, Multifunctional Instrument Panel, Launch Control, DAB Digital Radio, Bluetooth, Satellite Navigation, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Acoustic Glazing, Adaptive LED Headlights, Climate Control, Front Sport Seats, Heated Front Seats, Ambient Lighting, M Sport Styling Pack, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Virtual Cockpit, Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi Speaker System, M Rear Spoiler, Alloy Wheels
Availability: Pre Order
From: £1349.00 + VAT p/m
From: £1618.80 inc. VAT p/m


A Class Saloon
A200 AMG Line Executive
Mercedes-Benz A Class Saloon available with 833 miles per month on a Flexible Car Contract
Specification Includes: Touchscreen, Attention Assist, Car Wash Mode, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Direct Steering, Bluetooth, Dynamic Select, Lane Keeping System, Lane Assist, Mercedes Me, MBUX, Hey Mercedes, Satellite Navigation, Smartphone Integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Comfort Suspension, AMG Bodystyling, Privacy Glass, LED Headlights, Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Ambient Lighting, ISOFIX, Keyless Go, Light and Sight Pack, USB Port, Parking Pack, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Active Bonnet, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Guard 360, Alloy Wheels
Availability: In Stock
From: £569.00 + VAT p/m
From: £682.80 inc. VAT p/m


A4 Saloon
35 TFSI Black Edition
Audi A4 Saloon available with 1500 miles per month on a Flexible Car Contract
Specification Includes: Audi Connect, Amazon Alexa Integration, Audi Drive Select, Audi Smartphone Interface, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Digital Cockpit, Bluetooth, Traffic Sign Recognition, Electric Boot Lid Release, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Satellite Navigation, MMI Navigation Plus, Reversing Camera, Voice Control, Sports Suspension, USB Port, DAB Digital Radio, High Beam Assist, LED Headlights, Privacy Glass, Climate Control, ISOFIX, Heated Front Seats, Black Styling Pack, Hill Hold Assist, Keyless Go, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Alloy Wheels
Availability: In Stock
From: £649.00 + VAT p/m
From: £778.80 inc. VAT p/m


3 Series Saloon
330e Sport
BMW 3 Series Saloon available with 1750 miles per month on a Flexible Car Contract
Specification Includes: Plug-in Hybrid Technology, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio, BMW iDrive, Driving Experience Switch, Standard Suspension, Acoustic Glazing, High Beam Assist, Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Front Sports Seats, Connected Pack Professional, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, ISOFIX, Virtual Cockpit, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED Headlights, Parking Assistant Pack, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Reversing Camera
Availability: In Stock
From: £869.00 + VAT p/m
From: £1042.80 inc. VAT p/m

More Information

If you would like any further information on our range of Saloon vehicles available on our vehicle subscriptions or short-term car leases, please do get in touch with the Cocoon Vehicles on 01332 290173 or drop us a line on the ENQUIRY FORM at the bottom of this useful guide.

If you are in the market for a Saloon car on a lease, why not try our Find A Car Lease service. We will search through no less than 12 different funders to help find you the best price on your next 2/3 year lease car.

Rebecca joined the Cocoon Vehicles team in 2018 after running and selling a successful financial services business offering pension, investments and mortgages. Today, Rebeccas goal is to provide the best possible customer service along with news that you will want to read.

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