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Car Hire Categories | Auto Europe

Auto Europe car categories overview


Auto Europe offers car hire in over 20,000 destinations worldwide. Having been present on the car rental market since 1954, we have gathered unparalleled experience in providing our customers with the best service. Here you will find links to our guides for different car categories, to make it easier for you to choose the right size and kind of car for your vacation.  

Vehicle Categories Overview


Visitors to our page will find plenty of rental options for all tastes and ages. Here is an overview of car hire categories you can book through Auto Europe.




The smallest category available for rent on Auto Europe's website is the Mini category. Tiny in size, these cars are perfect for the city jungle. It is easy to park them into narrow parking spaces as well as manoeuvre them in between other cars. As the space inside Mini cars is limited, these vehicles are best for two people with little luggage. 

>> Find out more about the Mini category

Mini category




Economy cars come next after the Mini category in terms of size. Economy vehicles are, therefore, a good solution when travelling short distances or in the city. They accommodate more luggage, as the boot space is larger, and provide more room for passengers. The Economy category is recommended for groups of up to four people and one large suitcase.

>> Find out more about the Economy category

Economy Category




Not too small and not too big, the Compact category is very popular among our clients. Compact cars incorporate the best of small and large vehicles. Enough room for passengers in the back seat as well as sufficient boot space allow groups of up to four people to travel comfortably and fit in their luggage. Compact cars usually come with powerful engines and perform well on motorways, and thanks to their compact size, provide an effortless driving experience in large metropolises as well. 

>> Find out more about the Compact category

Compact Category




Cars in this category fit five passengers and up to four medium-size suitcases. The Intermediate category is, therefore, recommended for families or groups of friends who travel longer distances. If you value spacious vehicles and powerful engines, this category is for you!

>> Find out more about the Intermediate category

Intermediate Category


Full Size


One step further from Intermediate cars, the Large Size category includes Standard and Full size cars. In this segment you will find vehicles that are perfect for five passengers and accommodate two large and two medium-size suitcases. If you are looking to hire a car that will allow you to drive comfortably for longer distances or you need plenty of room for your fellow travellers, Large Size cars are the perfect choice!

>> Find out more about the Large Size category


Large Size Category




For luxury and sports cars, we recommend our prestige fleet provided by our best international suppliers in numerous destinations worldwide. This category includes large luxury vehicles, sports cars, limousines as well as high standard SUVs. Take a look at what what we have on offer and find the car of your dreams!

>> Find out more about the Luxury cars

Luxry Category




For an outstanding driving experience, check out our Convertible hire! These cars are popular in sunny destinations, where you can enjoy driving these special cars. Sports type engines and high standard equipment provide an unparalleled driving experience. With a little less luggage room, convertible vehicles fit up to two medium-size suitcases and are perfect for two people.

>> Find out more about Convertible cars





Hire an SUV for a special occasion! Perfect for country drives with your family or ski holidays, SUV cars are very popular in the Alps regions. This category encompasses various brands and models, such as Audi Q7, BMW 7 or Porsche Cayenne. These vehicles offer plenty of space for passengers and their luggage. SUVs are less easy to navigate in the cities with narrow streets and may be challenging to park into small bays, however, they are perfect to drive on country roads and mountainous terrain.

>> Find out more about SUV cars





Vans are the largest vehicles for rent you will find on our website. Cars that are classified in this category include vehicles for five, seven or even nine passengers. Vans are characterised by a spacious interior with a lot of room for passengers. Depending on the model, space for luggage can be limited as these cars are mainly designed to carry people. However, if you you are driving in a group of five people, seven or nine passenger vans will accommodate all your luggage if the seats in the last row are removed.

>> Find out more about Vans



How to book with Auto Europe


Auto Europe allows you to book car hire comfortably from your living room. Visit our home page and fill in your rental details to find search results that can be filtered by the car categories listed above. Find a car that best meets your requirements and submit your booking. If you need assistance or have some queries, please call us! Our team is available 7 days a week under the free-toll number, 1800-943-075.

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