There are now just three three-door cars in the Volkswagen Group's portfolio, as Seat ends production of the Leon SC and three-door Mii

The Seat Leon SC has been trimmed from the brand’s line-up, becoming the latest in a series of three-door models taken off sale by the Volkswagen Group

Sales of three-door cars have dived in recent years, leading to their removal from brand portfolios across the industry. Seat confirmed to Autocar that the three-door Leon was discontinued due to lower demand.

In recent months, the three-door version of its Mii city car was also withdrawn, again due to the stronger demand for five-door hatchbacks.

Seat sold just 880 Leon SC cars across July, while the ST estate found 3599 homes and the five-door Leon found 10,743, meaning the three-door SC made up less than 6% of sales. For the Mii, three-door models made up just 14% of sales across July, with 129 sold to the five door's 779 sales.

Across the last two years, the Volkswagen Group’s brands have ended, or announced the end of, three-door variants of Volkswagen's Beetle, Polo, Scirocco and Up, as well as the Audi A3, leaving only a trio of three-door cars on sale. 

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Even these are not long for this world, however, with the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Golf going five-door-only in their next generations and the Skoda Citigo nearing the end of its life. 

Elsewhere in the industry, the three-door Range Rover Evoque and Vauxhall GTC have also been withdrawn, while the Kia Procee'd is being relaunched as a five-door shooting brake, where it was formerly a rakish three-door hatch

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9 August 2018

Miight as well have dropped the whole car, very few would have noticed. The Citigo outsells it 2:1; the Up! 6:1. 

 

 

9 August 2018
tuga wrote:

Miight as well have dropped the whole car, very few would have noticed. The Citigo outsells it 2:1; the Up! 6:1. 

It is weird that, we bought the mii because it was better value than the other two, more kit and a more up market? Interior for less money. The skoda seemed to have no models with the gloss dash inserts and the vw charged a fortune to get the higher specs with them, my wifes mii by mango is very plush, and a 5 door.

Seats often seem cheaper spec for spec than skodas which seems at odds with skodas budget brand positioning. I dont think VW have ever known how to treat Seat let alone market them.

As for 3 doors going, I can understand it to some extent regarding hatches, but coupes and novelties like the Scirocco and beetle surely have nothing to do with this trend and were discontinued due to slow sales because everyone, bar me, wants an suv?

9 August 2018
tuga wrote:

Miight as well have dropped the whole car, very few would have noticed. 

I suspect that it won't be too long before they just stop selling (loss-making) cars altogether, as buyers move to buy (profitable) SUVs.

9 August 2018

I didn't know the next Golf was going to be 5-door only, no more proper Golf GTi then.

I want, and need a small 3- door hatchback, but there are hardly any options now. Manufacturers go on about how much choice there is for consumers, but in some of the most basic aspects there's very little. It seems small 3-doors are a niche too far, but I'm very sceptical that the demand for these models is so small - have all those existing owners been forced to buy them at gunpoint?  Like the push for diesel and SUVs, maybe its more a case of motoring journalists always telling us you should go for the 5-door as its more practical....

9 August 2018
catnip wrote:

I didn't know the next Golf was going to be 5-door only, no more proper Golf GTi then.

I want, and need a small 3- door hatchback, but there are hardly any options now. Manufacturers go on about how much choice there is for consumers, but in some of the most basic aspects there's very little. It seems small 3-doors are a niche too far, but I'm very sceptical that the demand for these models is so small - have all those existing owners been forced to buy them at gunpoint?  Like the push for diesel and SUVs, maybe its more a case of motoring journalists always telling us you should go for the 5-door as its more practical....

Whilst I understand your comments re personal choice, I m struggling to understand how you "need" a 3 door ?

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9 August 2018
typos1 wrote:

catnip wrote:

I didn't know the next Golf was going to be 5-door only, no more proper Golf GTi then.

I want, and need a small 3- door hatchback, but there are hardly any options now. Manufacturers go on about how much choice there is for consumers, but in some of the most basic aspects there's very little. It seems small 3-doors are a niche too far, but I'm very sceptical that the demand for these models is so small - have all those existing owners been forced to buy them at gunpoint?  Like the push for diesel and SUVs, maybe its more a case of motoring journalists always telling us you should go for the 5-door as its more practical....

Whilst I understand your comments re personal choice, I m struggling to understand how you "need" a 3 door ?

Remember reading Hyundai & Volvo advising customers to opt for the 7 seat options in the suv/estates, if it wasn't actually needed. It just meant the car was more desirable come resale. Just a thought.

9 August 2018
typos1 wrote:

Whilst I understand your comments re personal choice, I m struggling to understand how you "need" a 3 door ?

I'm a long legged driver so I have the drivers seat pushed far back, and the steering wheel extended well out. I also have an intermittent back problem. With small 5-door cars the B-pillar is then too far forward for me, so I have to twist around it getting in and out, which is, quite literally, a pain. I know quite a few people who find the extremely short  front doors on small 5 door models cause accessibility issues.

9 August 2018
catnip wrote:

I'm a long legged driver so I have the drivers seat pushed far back, and the steering wheel extended well out. I also have an intermittent back problem. With small 5-door cars the B-pillar is then too far forward for me, so I have to twist around it getting in and out, which is, quite literally, a pain. I know quite a few people who find the extremely short  front doors on small 5 door models cause accessibility issues.

I second that. A 3-door hatchback it's more ergonomic than a 5-door medium sized sedan for people with long legs.

9 August 2018
typos1 wrote:

catnip wrote:

I didn't know the next Golf was going to be 5-door only, no more proper Golf GTi then.

I want, and need a small 3- door hatchback, but there are hardly any options now. Manufacturers go on about how much choice there is for consumers, but in some of the most basic aspects there's very little. It seems small 3-doors are a niche too far, but I'm very sceptical that the demand for these models is so small - have all those existing owners been forced to buy them at gunpoint?  Like the push for diesel and SUVs, maybe its more a case of motoring journalists always telling us you should go for the 5-door as its more practical....

Whilst I understand your comments re personal choice, I m struggling to understand how you "need" a 3 door ?

Catnip is correct, if you are taller, a 3 door is the only way to have a small car. All the small cars i have ever had have been 2 or 3 door. And when you get in and push the drivers seat all the way back there is seldom any room left behind for a person, even if they had a door. Larger cars are OK with 4 or 5 doors, because the doors are big enough, but the B piller is often far too far forward on many 4 or 5 door cars, making them unsuitable. 

 

9 August 2018

I thought SEAT was VW's Alfa Romeo?

But they won't sell a 3 door sports hatch, much less a sports saloon nor a coupe?

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