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What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?

What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?

Rental companies change their fleets all the time. Apart from replacing older cars with newer ones, they also often need to take cars off the road for repairs, cleaning or servicing.

That’s why every hire car has ‘or similar’ next to the picture you’re looking at online. If you choose a car model that’s classed as intermediate, you won’t necessarily get the exact make and model you picked. But you will get a car that is also classed as intermediate. This means it will be more or less the same size, with the same kind of gearbox, the same number of doors and seats, etc.

Intermediate cars are bigger than ‘compact’ cars, and smaller than ‘standard’ cars.

Helping you compare: intermediate cars

Here are just a few examples of intermediate cars. Each has slightly different specifications and looks different on the outside, but they’re all a similar size, with similar engines and roughly the same amount of passenger and luggage space. 

So if you book an intermediate car, you might get one of these:

picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze 
Bottom row, left to right: Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia
picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: BMW 1 Series, Seat Toledo
Bottom row, left to right: Nissan Santra, Ford Mondeo

Some car rental companies also put ‘crossover’ cars in the intermediate group, so you might get something along these lines:

picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Jeep Renegade, Nissan Qashqai
Bottom row, left to right: Fiat 500X, Peugeot 3008

 

To find out more about rental car categories, see:
What is a 'compact' car in car rental?
What is an ‘estate' car in car rental?
What is an 'economy' 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?
What do the car hire group names mean?

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