The new Toyota GR Corolla two-seater is one of a long list of cars with more doors than seats, spanning everything from luxury SUVs to work utes.
Earlier this month Toyota revealed the GR Corolla ‘Morizo Edition’, a lightweight version of its new hot hatch with only two seats – but, confusingly, the same five doors as the standard model.
While building a two-seat, five-door car might appear counterintuitive, 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 a diverse list too, spanning everything from family SUVs and $300,000 luxury cars to utes and vans of all shapes and sizes.
Hot hatchbacks and sports sedans
The Toyota GR Corolla two-seater – known as the Morizo Edition overseas – is the only hot hatch or sedan currently on sale in Australia with two seats, but four or five doors.
Performance cars with rear seat deletes are not uncommon – think most high-end, GT or CS-badged Porsches and BMWs – but it’s rare for these to be offered with more than two doors.
Mainstream family cars and SUVs
Only two ‘mainstream’ passenger cars or SUVs without any luxury or performance skew remain on sale in Australia: the new Honda HR-V small SUV, and the Suzuki Ignis GLX city car (but not the base GL model).
The Honda falls foul of an Australian Design Rule requiring every second-row seat with an adult seatbelt to be fitted with 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 elected to simply remove the centre headrest and seatbelt, and market the vehicle as a four-seater, rather than invest in a new rear seat assembly with a centre top tether point.
By contrast, the Suzuki Ignis GLX was designed to be a four-seater from the outset, without the Honda’s seat-sized space between the outer pews – though, oddly, the base Ignis GL is fitted with five seats.
Unlike mainstream model, four seats in five-door vehicles are not uncommon among luxury cars.
While not a high-end car, premium small car brand Mini’s Clubman wagon features two side-hinged rear doors in place 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 Transit Custom, Hyundai Staria Load, LDV Deliver 9, G10 and V80, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter, Peugeot Partner, Expert and Boxer, Renault Kangoo, Trafic and Master, Toyota HiAce, and Volkswagen Caddy, Transporter and Crafter.
Meanwhile, two-seat extra-cab utes with rear-hinged rear doors – rather than simply an extended body, with static sheet metal 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’ve missed? Let us know in the comments.