What does your family car say about you?

If your car’s an extension of your personality, have you ever wondered what your set of wheels says about you?

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It’s a common belief that what a person drives says a lot about him or her. And it just might be true.

Just think about the last time you were shopping for a new set of wheels. What else did you take into account besides the car’s price point and how smooth the ride was?

Did you also take into consideration the car’s aesthetics? How sleek its interiors were and maybe its fuel efficiency? Then did you take a minute to picture how it would look sitting on your driveway? Or how you would look cruising it in?

If you answered yes to all, you can see that there’s so much more than meets the eye when it comes to purchasing a car. And it doesn’t begin and end with you walking into a showroom and pointing at the first vehicle you see.

Picking a car is as personal as picking a new home, your clothes – or even your spouse. It’s all about figuring out what suits you and your needs best. With that in mind, we break down the most common types of cars on our roads today and what they might signal about the people driving them.

If you’re driving an MPV, you’re most likely living in a landed property, since you’ll need a generous parking lot. You’re also someone who takes your role as a parent very seriously.

#1 Multipurpose vehicle

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The classic “mum-mobile”, a multipurpose vehicle (or MPV) is perfect for those who spend a lot of time in their cars. This functional set of wheels is best suited for a big family – with lots of kids – who probably also have their grandparents living with them. MPVs are spacious, so nobody has to fight for space. Plus, it comes with built-in entertainment, such as LCD screens and DVD players, which maximises pleasure during long car rides with fidgety little ones. If you’re driving an MPV, you’re most likely living in a landed property, since you’ll need a generous parking lot. You’re also someone who takes your role as a parent very seriously. Because let’s face, you didn’t choose an MPV for its aesthetics, but mostly for how functional it is to chauffeur the brood around. Since investing in one of these bad boys, you might have also become the type of family who enjoys road trips. (Photo: Prestige Motorsport)

2 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)

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For those who still need a spacious ride, but aren’t quite ready to maneuver the gigantic MPV on Singapore’s narrow roads (how does one even park those things?), then an SUV might be more up your alley. By the way, don’t be too quick to pass these petrol-guzzling “big car” drivers off as environmentally irresponsible. Many SUVs today come with fuel efficiency features. The SUV is big enough to comfortably transport a family and maybe even the dogs (in the boot). When on the road, the car’s elevated seating allows you to see over everybody else and take control of the roads – something you enjoy a great deal. But you are by no means a road bully. You’re just someone who enjoys the finer things in life, and in this case it involves a sweet SUV ride. (Photo: Volkswagen Group Singapore)