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What is a 'standard' car in car rental?

What is a 'standard' car in car rental?

In car rental, standard cars are what many people would describe as large cars. They are good for five people and comfortable for longer journeys. 

Rental companies change their fleet frequently, and they often don’t know precisely which cars will be available because some cars will need cleaning, servicing, repairing and replacing. This is why every rental car has ‘or similar’ next to the make and model you’re looking at. If you choose to rent a standard car, the ‘or similar’ options will be other standard cars. 

Standard cars are the next group up from ‘intermediate’ cars, and the next group down from ‘full-size’ cars. 

Helping you compare: standard cars

Here are some examples of standard cars. They have slightly different specifications and look different on the surface, but they all have similarly sized engines, dimensions and luggage and passenger space. So any one of these – as well as other standard cars not shown – could be provided when you book any car in the standard group.

Top row, left to right: Ford Mondeo, Vaxuhall insignia
Bottom row, left to right: Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Jetta
Top row, left to right: Citroen C5, Opel Insignia
Bottom row, left to right: Peugeot 508, Renault Laguna

Some rental companies have started placing MPVs and larger crossover cars into the standard category, so you could receive cars such as these: 

Top row, left to right: Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, Ford C-Max
Bottom row, left to right: Renault Captur, Kia Sportage

To find out more about rental car categories, see:
What is a 'compact' car in car rental?
What is an 'economy' car in car rental?
What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?
What is a 'mini' car in car rental?
What is a 'people carrier' in car rental?
What is a 'standard' car in car rental?
What is an 'SUV' in car rental?

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